POOL: Magic Matt edged out in Barcelo final

POOL wizard Matt Goodale just missed out on glory at the Barcelo Open final in Leicester.

The Spalding ace stormed through four rounds en route to booking a clash with Sam Jeffery at the Barcelo Hinckley Island Hotel event.

Jeffery, who beat Woadman’s Arms ace Shane Balding 6-3 in the last 16, was just too strong for Goodale and took the final 7-4.

Still, a £600 runners-up prize softened the blow of the defeat for the South Holland ace, who beat Dave Belcher 6-1 in the semi-final.

Also falling victim to Goodale were William Anderson (6-3), Kevin Smith (6-3) and Steve Prince (6-4).

Also competing at the UK Pool Tour event was Spalding and District Snooker League player Jason Bates.

A member of the tour, Bourne’s Bates was eligible for the ‘Challenge Two’ competition.

He reached the last four of the tough tournament, before bowing out 5-2 against John Strange, who went on to lose the final 6-3 against Simon Ward.

Meanwhile, Goodale teamed with tour player David Roblin in the team event – and they went all the way to the semi-finals, banking the Spalding star another £200.

Goodale said: “I’ve got an expensive wedding to pay for, so the prize money will come in really handy!”