POOL: Lion’s ‘Golden’ season ends with a double

DOUBLE DELIGHT! Division One and KO Cup winners Golden Lion are pictured above. Bback, from left ' Charlie Baker, Jason Burdall, Vernon Harrison; front ' Karl Sands, Karl Appleyard and Daniel Rhodes. Below are Division Two champs Anchor B. Photos by TIM WILSON
DOUBLE DELIGHT! Division One and KO Cup winners Golden Lion are pictured above. Bback, from left ' Charlie Baker, Jason Burdall, Vernon Harrison; front ' Karl Sands, Karl Appleyard and Daniel Rhodes. Below are Division Two champs Anchor B. Photos by TIM WILSON
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Golden Lion completed a memorable Holbeach and District Pool League season by completing a top flight double on finals night last Thursday.

Having ended Woadman’s Arms monopoly of the Division One title by the narrowest of margins, they lifted the KO Cup with a dominant 5-1 final success over Bull at the Anchor Inn bash.

Holbeach Pool league finals night at Anchor Sutton Bridge'Anchor B div 2 and secondary cup finalists back Pat Issitt, Kyle Rackham, Jimmy Barker, Luke Webb, front Seamus Tuohy, Mark Wright, Dan Greenacre

Holbeach Pool league finals night at Anchor Sutton Bridge'Anchor B div 2 and secondary cup finalists back Pat Issitt, Kyle Rackham, Jimmy Barker, Luke Webb, front Seamus Tuohy, Mark Wright, Dan Greenacre

Karl Sands got Lion up and running with a calculated clearance in the opener, but Nick Poli levelled the game.

A tactical third frame was then won by Dan Rhodes, before Carl Appleyard edged out an unfortunate John Dunham in the next tie. That left Charlie Baker and Jason Burdall to tie up the final two frames and seal an emphatic victory.

Having missed out on the top tier title for the first time in recent memory, Woadman’s did get their hands on some silverware on finals night.

Their opponents were a buoyant Anchor B side, who had successfully hunted down club mates Anchor C to pinch the Division Two title on legs difference after winning their final four league games.

The second tier side made a flying start to the final as Dan Greenacre won the opening frame, only for Alan Mason to level things up at 1-1.

Mark Wright then lost out in a very tactical clash with Dave Woods, who put Woadman’s ahead for the first time.

The next frame went the way of Colin Bartram for the Division One runners-up, with Shaun Summers then making it 4-1. Kyle Rackham hit back for Anchor to take the game to the doubles, but Bartram and Steve Cobb sealed the spoils for Woadman’s.

Next up was the Ladies’ Singles final between Sheridan Lambert and Lian Watson.

The first two frames were easily won by Watson, but Lambert battled back to 2-2.

The comeback was then complete as Watson went in off the black, allowing Lambert to prevail 3-2

More silverware went to Woadman’s in the Doubles, with Mason and Summers seeing off Golden Lion duo Burdall and Baker 3-1.

Lion’s one frame win did leave Woadman’s with seven balls on the table, though.

Summers also added the Singles crown to his collection, seeing off another Lion ace in the shape of Sands.

In a final that lasted an incredible three and a half hours, the Woadman’s ace came from 2-1 down to win 3-2.

Meanwhile, Division Three winners Chequers A were the other side to collect their gong as the season drew to a close.