After only the fourth week of league competition, there is only one team who remain with a 100% record.
That is Lee Caulfield’s Sperrin outfit who beat Railway Arms in a tight contest. This week saw a first defeat for the Bullseye A against a determined Floyds team. Defending champions Forge A bounced back from last week’s defeat with a thumping victory over Social Club.
Social Club 1 – 11 Forge A
After last week’s heavy defeat against the Sperrin, the visitors showed their hosts no mercy with some excellent pool on the night. The home side started off reasonably well, Uel Kirkpatrick unfortunate to pot the black too soon in the opener, to give the win to Paul Baird, but Willy McMullan levelled the match with a good finish.
However, this was as good as it got for the hosts as the Forge took the next three through Lee Hull, Chris Wade and Darren Boyd. Paul Baird won a tactical frame against Clem Howard to make it 5-1, before Lee Hull and Simon McIlreavy also enjoyed a tactical battle which could have went either way, though Hull put McIlreavy in a great snooker which changed the game in the Forge man’s favour.
Two quicker frames followed as Boyd and Eakin took out two good finishes, before Wade made it two out of two with a super 8-ball finish to leave the halfway score at 9-1. Wade was straight back on again and his momentum continued with a solid win over McMullan before Hull made short work of Clem Howard to seal an emphatic victory. Chris Wade 3/3, Lee Hull 3/3
Railway Arms 7 – 11 Sperrin
The visitors got off to a great start as Paul O’Connor took the first, swiftly followed by Neville Smyth, who capitalised on a shocking miss from John Huston, still struggling in his new surroundings. Billy Moore made it 3-0 before the home side finally got off the mark through Scott McClelland, with skipper Arthur McMullan winning a cagey fifth frame against Raymond Stockman to leave it 3-2 after the first session.
O’Connor started off again with a victory, before Stephen Blair played some great pool to beat Billy Moore. The match continued to swing both ways as Lee Caulfield beat fellow captain McMullan in the next. Scott McClelland had another good win before Allen Tosh continued to make life miserable for Huston to leave it 6-4 in the Sperin’s favour at the halfway stage.
Raymond Stockman got the Sperrin off to a good start in the third session, but Scott McClelland, once again, dragged his team back into the match. Huston failed once again, barely putting up a fight as Caulfield registered another. However, the home side ended this session stronger as Blair and McMullan recorded wins, including a great black from Arthur!
With the match poised at 8-7 to the visitors, the Sperrin stepped up a gear in the last session as they took the first three through Caulfield, Moore and Tosh to seal a hard fought victory, pushed all the way by their opponents. Scott McClelland 3/4, Lee Caulfield 3/3
Mary Pats 11 – 3 Roost Bar
The home side got off to a good start as Gary Kennedy pulled out a rather lucky finish to beat Clive Robertson in the opener. The home side continued in top form as wins for Andy Hutchinson, Marty McNeill and Brian Hutchinson put them 4-0 in front in no time. The visitors finally got one on the board through Uel White to avoid a first session whitewash.
DD Campbell made it two in a row for the visitors beating an unlucky Brian Hutchinson. However, wins for Trevor White and a great black from Kennedy re-asserted the home side’s stranglehold on the match. Andy Hutchinson made it two from two before Nolan Wilson picked up an easy frame as Clive Robertson was unlucky to put the black too soon, leaving his team facing a defecit of 8-2 at the interval.
The luck turned for Robertson as he won the first in the next session, however Wilson made it a double, before Marty McNeill picked up another to leave his side on the hill. It was then left to Brian Hutchinson to wrap up the win.
Bullseye A 8 – 11 Floyds Bar
This was a match that showed that the visitors are a very capable team when they are at full strength. They enjoyed a very strong start to the match, despite Steven McIlrioy beating Darryl Watt in the opener, wins for Scott Clarke, Ricky McMullan, Alan McBride and Adam Watt put them 4-1 in front after the first session.
The onslaught continued as Clarke and McMullan picked up further wins to make it 6-1. The home side finally got back on track with wins for Adrian O’Kane and Raymond Baxter, but a good finish from Adam Watt made it 7-3 at the break. The home side got back into the match as they took the first three frames of the next session, through wins for Baxter, Jimmy Moore and a great finish from skipper Damien Reid. McBride stopped the rot getting the better of McIlroy, but Adrian O’Kane took advantage of a missed black by Clark to leave it 8-7 to Floyds going into the final session.
It should have been all square but a terrible positional shot by Jimmy Moore on his last yellow allowed Ricky McMullan to nick the frame. Despite, Reid winning the next, the visitors got their win as 2 good finishes from Clarke and Darryl Watt sealed the points.
Scott Clark 3/4, Ricky McMullan 3/4
Bullseye B 11 – 4 Bullseye Old Boys
This derby encounter was played in great spirits with the scoreline being a little harsh on the old boys. They got off to a bad start as Stephen Biggart and the returning Stephen McMullan took the first two for the B team. Derek Allum had his chances in the next but a great double on the black from Kenny Watton made it 3-0. Chris McColgan then fired in an 8-ball finish before a lucky win for Stephen Morton made it a first session whitewash.
Stephen Warwick took the first in the next session with a rather fortunate win over Allum, who was not having much luck. George Canning finally got the old boys off the mark with an awesome display of potting, but McColgan stopped the comeback in it’s tracks with another solid performance. Jeff Butcher took the next, before McMullan won his second of the night to leave his side 8-2 up at the midway point.
Dave McMullan then made his first appearance of the night for the B team and, despite taking a while to get going, he finished well to make it 9-2. In the game of the night, Butcher played some excellent pool to brush aside the challenge of Warwick. Derek Allum should have took another for the old boys but snookered himself on the black allowing Stephem Morton back for the win.
Samy McCloskey got one on the board to prolong the match but it was left to Stephen McMullan who made it three from three on his seasonal debut. Stephen McMullan 3/3
This week’s fixtures
Roost v Railway Arms
Blackthorn v Mary Pats
Floyds v Forge Bar
Bullseye OB v Bullseye A
Forge A v Bullseye B
Sperrin v Social Club