Nine points separate second to fourth in pool league

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The Blyth Valley Pool Association Super-League, sponsored by Union Private Hire & Goschen Street Garage, continues to surprise with results going against team standings.

Annitsford Irish A beat Comrades Club B 7-5 in the prestige fixture of the week.

The result keeps Irish A in second position on 132 points whilst Comrades B maintain third on 125 points.

Man of the match was Irish A captain Jason Ritson, returning to form with a hat-trick of wins.

Bedlington Station Club bounced back from last week’s shock result to secure an 8-4 home victory over Sports Club A.

The victory keeps Station in fourth on 123 points, which means that second to fourth place are separated by only nine points.

Star men on the night were unbeaten Station pair Jason Watson with three wins and Scott Jackson with two. Dean Dobson and Albert Ridley were involved in a titanic black ball finish.

Another top eight game saw Comrades Club A secure an 8-4 victory over Seahorse B. The result helps Comrades A maintain fifth spot on 117, whilst Seahorse B drop one place to seventh with 108 points.

Seahorse A leapfrogged their B team into sixth on 111 points with an 11-1 home win over Sun Inn B. Whilst the scoreline flattered Seahorse, the match could have been different had Sun B taken some of their chances.

Seahorse A captain Kevin Barker returned to singles action with three points on the night, as did team-mates Martin Brock and Gordon Foster. John Welsh was unlucky to not get a doubles game despite his two singles wins. Daniel Raisbeck won the Sun B’s only point.

The first of two games at the Sports Club, saw Sports B entertain the Annitsford Irish B. In game of two halves Irish B opened up a 6-1 lead only for the Sports B to bounce back and take the last five frames, including a final frame eight-ball clearance from Will Cowling and Andy Scott to secure a hard fought draw.

Sports B hold on to eighth place on 91 points whilst Irish B move into tenth on 81 points.

Super-league leaders Blyth Sports Club C got off to a shaky start against Side Club. Sports captain Alan Parker won the first frame but in the next Paul Riley pulled out a tremendous three-ball plant double on the black, unfortunately he still had three of his reds on the table at the time.

Following a dry break in the third frame, Phil Chadwick produced an excellent eight-ball clearance to give Side Club a 2-1 lead.

The situation was reversed in the next frame with Neil Taylor producing another eight-ball clearance to level the match. Sports C then dominated the rest of the singles, opening up an 8-2 lead with the highlight being another eight-ball clearance from Neil Taylor.

The Scotch doubles were shared with Side Club taking the first frame against the odds.

The 9-3 win moves Sports C to 143 points, whilst Side Club are in ninth on 91 points.

In the final game of the week, Sun Inn A team edged a tense 7-5 victory over Brockwell Seam.

A change of captain inspired the win against the form book, with Sun A trio Alan Lofthouse, Glen Sharp and Alan Halliday all securing two points apiece for the home team.

The BVPA will be hosting another pool competition on March 29 and 30. Entry is £10.

And on Saturday, March 1, Sports Club will be playing host to a National CIU team knockout semi-final with teams from Scotland and Cumbria competing for a place in the finals. The match will start at 1pm.