Tight at the top in Blyth Valley pool league

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The Blyth Valley Pool Association, sponsored by Union private Hire & Goschen Street, is heading into the final quarter of the 2013-14 season.

The first game of the week saw Irish B playing host to Seahorse A. The absence of talisman John Welsh didn’t seem to upset Seahorse A who took the match 8-4.

Man of the match performances came from Martin Brock and Gordon Foster with a hat-trick of wins apiece. Seahorse team-mate Kevin Brock also had 100 per cent with two points from his two games.

The win keeps Seahorse A in sixth place on 150 points, whilst Irish B stay 12th on 97 points.

Comrades B had a bit of a scare in their 8-4 win against a dogged Sun Inn A.

Sun Inn’s Alan Lofthouse had 100 per cent record from his three frames, while Glen Sharp chipped in with two from three.

Comrades B hold onto fifth place with 155 points and more importantly a game in hand on the teams above them, plus an easier run-in on paper could see a tense finale with only 13 points separating second to fifth place. Sun A are in 14th on 79 points.

Comrades A are currently the form team of the BVPA with five consecutive wins. An away match at Cramlington Village Club is never an easy fixture and this was to be the case with the Village team giving Comrades a tough game.

But form prevailed in the end with the visitors edging the match 7-5 to make it six wins on the belt. Comrades hold onto fourth position on 160 points, whilst Village maintain 13th place with 95 points.

Draw specialists Seahorse B were involved in the prestige game of the week with Bedlington Station and they opened up a 5-2 lead only for Station to make another comeback to take two of the next three frames to take the result to the scotch doubles.

Seahorse captain Adam Young’s hopes of another big BVPA scalp were dashed when Station also took both doubles to ensure the match finished 6-6.

No hat-tricks of wins, but Nathan Irving from Seahorse had a 100 per cent record from his two frames. Team-mate Ray Erridge won two of his three frames as did Station trio Albert Ridley, Eugene Healy and Steven Kinghorn.

The result is Seahorse B’s seventh draw of the season and also the Station’s fifth draw in the BVPA’s most competitive season to date.

Neither team move position and the league table has the Station in third with 164 points, whilst Seahorse B are in seventh with 131 points.

Newsham Side Club were involved in another tense match playing host to Irish A.

The form book went out the window as the home team pushed their opponents all the way, only to be edged 7-5.

Undisputed star player on the night was the Irish A’s Gary Spooner with a 100 per cent record from his three frames.

Able support came from team-mates Chris Gill and Jason Ritson with two wins from their three games.

Irish A stay second on 168 points whilst Side Club are ninth with 104 points.

Sports Club A are a shining example of what the BVPA is all about.

The players have moved up a league to play pool with and against the best players and teams in the area.

After a major upset last week it looked like another one was on the cards when they opened a 5-1 lead against Sports B, but their opponents then turned the game on its head winning the next five to complete another great comeback and secure a 7-5 win.

Sports A are in a respectable tenth place on 102 points whilst the B team are two places above them in eighth with 121 points.

Top versus bottom saw Sun Inn B playing host to Sports C. The match went with form as the Sports C rapped up an 11-1 victory.

Highlights were two eight-ball clearances, including a break and dish from man of the match Ian Carr using a borrowed cue.

Gary Wilson also had two eight-ball clearances including one in the doubles with Julian Slater.

Sports C’s Neil Taylor also matched his team-mates with a hat-trick of wins on the night.

Sun B’s Stephen Streener claimed his team’s only point on the night.

Sports C are top on 188 points but are well aware that a couple of bad results in the run in could make things nervous.

Any pool players wanting to compete in a singles competition on March 29 and 30 must get their entries and monies paid to BVPA secretary Gary Wilson, who will be at Blyth Sports Club this Thursday. Players can also contact BVPA via their Facebook page.

New teams wishing to participate in the BVPA for the 2014-15 season must confirm this by Tuesday, June 10, then attend a meeting on Tuesday, June 17, to pay bonds. The BVPA will not be expanding the Superleague above 16 teams and as such, will be creating a new league which will have its own singles, doubles, three-a-side and knockout cup competitions.