SNOOKER: Welcome wins for struggling sides

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A host of the Spalding and District Snooker League’s struggling sides gave their season a shot in the arm last week with much-needed victories.

Long Sutton D registered only their second success of the Division One campaign, while second tier duo Whittlesey B and Gosberton B and Division Three basement boys Consti D also registered wins.

Starting in the top flight, Sutton’s D team were 5-1 winners over Services E as they moved within striking distance of a cluster of teams above them.

Tom Turner (O7), Mick Cooper (O35), Mark Dennis (R7) and Oliver Turner (O28) bagged the vital frame victories to make it two wins in three games.

At the top, Tulips A took sole control of the summit with a 4-2 success against Holbeach D. Martin Anderson (O7) bagged the crucial final frame for the Spalding side, while Zac Rowlett (O28) made a 29 break for Holbeach.

Pyramid B are two points back in second after their impressive eight-game winning streak was smashed by Holbeach A. Mick Pearl (O14), Jem Merrison (O35) and Richard Lowe (O7) delivered the goods for the hosts, with Merrison’s 26 break the best of the game.

In Division Two, Gosbertonn B and Whittlesey B both won for the first time in the league since September 26.

Sam Craft’s (R14) last frame heroics helped Gosberton see off Consti I 4-2, while victories for Pawel Skutela (R7), Neil Barnes (R14) and Pam Slaughter (R21) all won to steer Whittlesey past Boundary A 4-2.

Consti F remain top despite slipping to a third loss on the trot. They were handed a 4-2 home reverse by Crowland B, despite a fine 40 break from Warren Peel (scr).

Services B have closed the gap on the table-toppers to just one point after a maximum 6-0 win over Bourne SC A. Paul Doades (R7) won a black-ball game for the Spalding side, while Alan Hansard (scr) trousered a 22 break.

Meanwhile, the league’s bottom-ranked team, Consti D, won for the second week on the trot as they edged out Boundary C 4-2. Black-ball wins for Ray Digby (R21) and John Cooper (R14) helped them on their way.

Holbeach B are five points clear at the top of the third tier after their 5-1 win over Pyramid E. Neil Harvey (O7) starred with breaks of 25 and 20 en-route to winning the final frame.

Bourne SC B stay second after seeing off Gosberton D 4-2, despite a 26 break from Marcus Pell (O21).

Third-placed Gosberton A lost ground after their 5-1 home loss against Services D, though. Lee Watson (O7) did pocket a 22 break for the promotion hopefuls, but it proved to be in vain.