Irish A and Newsham retain top spots in pool league

The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Breakers Pool Bar and Blyth Comrades Club, saw teams from the Super League Premier League complete the fifth week of fixtures with the Irish A and Newsham setting the early pace.

Super League

Annitsford Irish A 10 Seahorse A 2

The defending Super League champions maintained their 100 per cent winning start to the season with a 10-2 home win over Seahorse A. Irish trio Chris Gill, Matt Brannan and Johnny Wilson were all three from three, but a clearance from a dry break edged the man of the match honours for Gill. With 47 points Irish A lead the table for the fifth week running. Seahorse A are fourth on 27 points.

Bedlington Station 7 Breakers A 5

Bedlington Station also remain unbeaten after a narrow 7-5 derby win against Breakers A. Station are second on 32 points while Breakers A are fifth on 27 points.

Seahorse B 9 Sun Inn 3

After a bad start to the campaign, Seahorse B have recorded back to back victories to move up to sixth on 23 points. Sun Inn are tenth on 12 points. Sun had no run of the balls on the night and were punished by some clinical finishing. Steven Sweeney with two from two just missed out on the man of the match honours to teammate Alan Erridge, who was also 100 per cent from his three games. Seahorse B captain Andrew Brownlee hit another break and dish.

Sports D 6 Comrades A 6

After 12 frames of pool the teams could not be separated. The match was a real see-saw contest with Comrades taking the first set of singles only for Sports D to take the second, then they shared the doubles. With three from three, Sports D captain Phil Welch took the man of the match honours and new signing Brandon McCann chipped in with two from three on his Sports D debut. The draw was Sports D’s second in four matches and they are seventh on 20 points. Comrades A are ninth on 15 points.

Premier League

Bank Top 6 Newsham Side Club 6

Side Club’s 100 per cent winning start to the Premier League campaign came to an end as they were held at Bank Top, who took the first set 3-2 only for Side Club to take the second by the same scoreline. The home team took the first doubles only for the visitors to draw level in the last scotch doubles. Mark Gatesby for Bank Top and Side Club’s Phil Chadwick shared the man of the match honours with a hat-trick of wins apiece. Bank Top captain Dan Patterson chipped in with two from three. Despite the draw, Side Club remain unbeaten in top spot with 43 points. Bank Top are fourth on 29 points.

Breakers B 4 Annitsford Irish B 8

Irish B secured their second win of the campaign with an 8-4 success at Breakers B. The result sees them move up to fifth on 26 points whilst Breakers B drop to ninth on 14 points. Young Johnny Wilson was on fire with three from three to take the man of the match honours against some good opponents who did not have much luck on the night.

Phoenix 5 Breakers 7

Phoenix just missed out on their first win of the season after suffering a narrow 7-5 home defeat to Breakers E, who are eighth on 20 points whilst the Phoenix remain tenth on 13 points. The result was Phoenix’s best result of the season so far and they have improved from their pre-season performances. Breakers edged both singles 3-2 before the teams shared the spoils in the doubles. Jay Docherty and James Lamb were both two from three for the home team, as were Andy Hogg and Dean Seymour for the visitors. Man of the match honours though went to BVPA treasurer Stu Cavens with a hat-trick of wins.

South Beach 4 Breakers D 8

South Beach’s winning streak came to a halt with an 8-4 home defeat against Breakers D, who go second on 30 points and have a game in hand on the leaders. South Beach drop to sixth on 25 points. The match saw a tremendous comeback from Breakers D who were 4-0 down before Jamie Spratt won the visitors’ first point. Breakers D then took the second set 5-0 and won both scotch doubles to secure a memorable victory. Jamie Spratt won the man of the match honours with a hat-trick of wins, teammates Adam Straker, Adam Scott and Andrew Cunningham were both two from three.