Fixtures Report: Winter 2022/23 Week 14
SSSC E stun league leaders Silktown Snooker A with an 8-3 away win, and not only the first loss of the season for the defending champions, but an end to their unbeaten run of 17 league matches. It looked as if it was going to be business as usual, as Silktown A opened up a 3-1 lead with an 8 ball clearance from Adam Stevens in the 3rd frame. But SSSC E captain Dave Cobey turned the tide with an 8 ball clearance of his own in the 5th frame, and the team never looked back.
Silktown A are still surely favourites for the league title, sitting 33 points ahead of Weaver B in second and a possible 39 points up for grabs in the remaining 3 matches - bonus points notwithstanding. But given the two 8 ball clearances from Matt Furnival and Adam Downing for the Weaver B this week in their 9-2 win over SSSC D, bonus could make all the difference by the end of the season.
The B league title race continues to be fiercely contested with Nags Head A and Silktown Snooker C moving into joint 1st place, as previous leaders Silktown Snooker E fall to 3rd, slipping up with an 8-3 home defeat to bottom of the league Ivy Leaf C.
George & Dragon A moved one step closer to the C League title with a convincing 10-1 win against Puss in Boots B. Meanwhile Silk Trader A drop from 2nd to 3rd with a 6-5 defeat to Silktown Snooker D as Spinners C 6-5 win moves them a point ahead.
International Rules league action takes a break this week, as the concluding fixture of the Super Cup group stage is played out on Wednesday 18th January. Leaders in all groups are still mathematically vulnerable, so won’t be taking anything for granted as they look to secure top spot and progression to the knockout stage.
All other teams will be battle hard on every frame, since 2 spots in the knockout stage are up for grabs for the best two runners up making each point vital.
All change once again in the A League, as a 4-3 home defeat for the Ivy Leaf A at the hands of the Railway View A allowed Flower Pot B C/Rd. to move into top spot with a 5-2 win over Silk Trader B.
Silktown Snooker survived a close call against Plough B as they took them all the way to a 3-3 decider, fortunately merit leader Rick Podmore was able to secure the win for his team and keep them 17 points clear at the top of B League.
Bruce Arms A are looking strong favourites for the C league with yet another win, beating George & Dragon B 4-3 with an 8 ball clearance from Chris Armstrong for a bonus point. A 5-2 defeat for second place Brewers C at the hands of Old Millstone X making the job of catching the leaders all the harder.
In the C League Brewers A are now tied for points at the top of the league alongside Weaver A, the former closing the 2 point gap with a 6-1 win over Flower Pot B H/R. Another league likely to be contested right down to the final match.
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