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Match report v Erith A (away)

posted 16 Apr 2014 05:09 by paul williams

Local derby 1 of 2. 

A team first and up first in this derby was Pete v Sherwood. 

Sherwood played badly, it was just lucky Pete played badly for us. Sherwood managed to grasp a win somehow! 
Next frame was Pinkie v Andy and 2 visits later it was over. Pinkie was taking no prisoners and potted everything in sight. 2-0
Mop up next v fellow Hammer Ryan. The Mop Hammer won the battle in a good frame.    3-0
Blaster next and he continued the Erith D dominance with another win v Vince,after Vince failed to get position on black, leaving simple snooker and clearance for Blaster . 4-0
Mark from Erith A bucked the trend v Rat. Rat should of dished up and left jawed the black. Mark is Erith A's best player and showed his class to clear the table. 
OSW kept his Karen Bell hopes alve with another win v Jamie. 

Doubles:  Mark blotted the Erith D book again in his, after nicking one of the doubles for Erith A

Result: 7-2 is a great result but we are still chasing the mighty Halfway House. Can we stop them taking the title? All we can do is keep winning but with only 3 matches left.. time is running out. 



Match report v Village Inn (home) KO team semi final

posted 9 Apr 2014 06:30 by paul williams   [ updated 9 Apr 2014 07:41 ]

Both teams in sight of final So both teams would be up for this game so we didn't expect 7-2 victory we did last month v Village Inn. 

Up first DIP, (who dumped Moppy out the Singles KO at semifinal stage) who played Sherwood. Sherwood broke and went in/off. DIP looked to clear but got stuck on last ball. A snooker by Sherwood got him 2 visits, but he failed to clear with 2 as well. DIP back at the table, who potted a delightful long double to get to easy black and win. 0-1

Pinkie up next and v Pat. Pinkie went for game but also broke down on last ball and gave 2 away. Pat didn't take any prisoners and dished. 0-2. Not a great start for Erith D. 

Mop up next and up v Steve Elwsorty. Steve failed to get out an early snooker by mop. With an open table he cleared nicely with 1. 1-2

Blaster v Steve Ellison. A double Steve feast . close game but Blaster managed to stay one step ahead in the potting/tactical game and took black first. 2-2. Back on level terms. 

Rat v Mark. Mark produced a good game and equally god finish to beat the Rat. 2-3. Behind again! 

OSW v Gooner next. And probably a pivotal frame. Gooner looked to be on a good finish and got to a half table straight black. 4-2 down would be a long way to come back from for Erith D. But he missed it, and then another easy'ish black next visit which cost him the frame. As OSW finally woke up and played some decent shots!. 3-3. dodged a bullet there!

Pinkie/Sherwood v DIP/Pat - was the DIP show again in first doubles, as he showed he pedigree with a great finish again when given half a chance. 
Blaster/Mop v 2 Steve's! (How many Steve's are there! ). 2 of the 3 of the Steve's didn't get a shot though. As the non Steve playing in the 4, produced a stunning finish from the dry break by the Steve that did get a shot.. Mop made up for the dreadful performance he produced last week. 3-3 Back on levels again

1 frame shoot out time now for team KO final place. . 

OSW/Rat v Steve/Mark .. OSW got first half chance with 2 visits but fell out of position.  And then gave 2 shots away himself. An easier finish now for Steve H. But pressure might of told and he wasted his 2 visits and left a finish for Rat which he took well! 

Result: 5-4 was as close as you can get. Village played well and it was down to a flip of the coin at the end. or perhaps Erith D held their nerve a little better.. final is v Halfway as is the title race this season.. Bring it on.. 

Match Report v Railway A (home)

posted 2 Apr 2014 06:02 by paul williams

We were on a home run for the league title. 5 games left and a point in the lead. 

Railway were probably our hardest opponents left and they were up for it.

First game was Sherwood v Billy. Billy broke and was on the attack. He didn't let Sherwood have much chance. In 2 visits it was all over to Billy. 

Pinkie up next v Steve Ba nd the game swung back and forth and Pinkie got 2 visit and got to the black with it. But jawed the black and snooker himself. He failed to get out and Steve had 2 visits. Which he almost threw away a few times. He got down the to black and smacked it in. But the white jumped of the bed of the table on to side of the table, but bounced back on to the baize! 

Blaster up next was a close match but Railway took this one too.

0-3. not good at all.,

Mop up next. And threw away about 6 chances to win the game. Gifting 2 shots to Steve K when potting his last ball getting to the black. It must be over! But no Steve K decided he wanted to throw it away as well. He left a double black which Mop took. Worst game ever would of been pronounced by comic book guy in Simpsons! 


Rat up next could this be the start of the change No. Railway took out an shocking finish! It was good, but also got to say probably got a little run too. 

OSW up last and played best of the night for Erith D. Took a controlled game to beat Kyle. 

Not over yet but no good at 4:2

Only OSW/Rat won in doubles. 


Result: 3-6 loss. Our worst result of the season. Not a good time to get it, as Halfway jumped back to top with an impressive 8:1 over Village Inn. Not over yet but we have to be on top form in the final 4 games to catch halfway. Up next Village inn in semi final of Team KO



Match Report v Duchess Away

posted 26 Mar 2014 08:48 by paul williams   [ updated 26 Mar 2014 10:27 ]

Off to probably one of the toughest venues to play. More for the table than the opponents.

speed cloth and a little wonky. With a few cramped shots.... but as they say both teams have to play on it... But it is a bit of leveller skill wise.

Sherwood off first and he say he likes speed cloth. He proved us right as he won the opener again.

Pinkie and Mop next make it 3-0. But both were fortunate. Mop with the black and Pinkie with an inn-off from his opponent.

Luck turned the other way next game as it looked Rat would win. A hit and hope by this opponent turned into a great snooker with the black in the pocket. Rat failed escape and game was lost.

OSW next and perhaps the pressure of being sole top scorer in the league took its toll. He didn't play well and lost.

We were down to 5 again as Wobbler and Blaster could not get out. So picking again. and this weeks lucky player was the Captain again... :) He is a favourite to be picked again...

He took this as it should be, to prove them wrong. And potted a gorgeous black to win the frame.

4-2 up in singles.

Doubles and we were back on form with a tally of 3 again.

Result: 7-2 is another good result. 11 league win. We have also beaten every team in the league in a row now. And brought up our 100th frame win.. Also went top by ourselves as we gained a point over Halfway.  A good night was had.. Dare we believe????




Match Report v Royal Oak A home

posted 19 Mar 2014 07:39 by paul williams   [ updated 19 Mar 2014 08:30 ]

It's the 2nd time the current league leaders pop down to Erith Snooker to play the D team.. Could we repeat an overturn again?

Captain decided to mix up the 1st player this week. Sherwood got the nod. He was on fire last week potting anything on the table in practice, and said he liked playing first. so he got his chance.

Sherwood v JK first which was going to be a quick fire game as both like to pot balls, and both can do that well. Sherwood potted confidently and managed to take the game.

Next up Captain Pinkie v Phil. Another break for Oak as they won both tosses so far. Phil potted on break and took out a few more but failed on one down the rail. Table looked tight and not an easy clearance but Pinkie was on fire! no luck needed here, he didn't miss a shot or position and cleared on his first visit. A captains performance to lead the troops.

Mop up next and another loss of the toss so Dave Avery got to break. My god the Oak were having some luck with the tossing! Dave got the first chance to get to the black. He left himself a simple pot on his last colour  but position to get to the black wasn't easy. white came of 4 cushion to leave no direct pot of black. it left a long double which was close but didn't go in. Mop had simple clearance to win which he did to make 3-0

Very good start to the match for Erith. No luck we just took out the finish when we could.

Blasters next playing current leader of Ranking Mark Hill. Blaster up to break. Finally some luck on toss and we get to break! Blaster potted and got control of table. Went for yellows and broke down after a couple of pots. Mark slowly turn the tide of the table by covering a vital pocket, and got to go for clearance first. Mark cleared reds but left a long'ish black. He failed to pot this black leaving a tough looking finish for Blaster, with pressure of black hanging over pocket. Blaster potted first 2 well and left a long yellow to basically win. *BANG blastered into pocked at speed. Game to blaster 4:0

4:0 what's going on here!

Rat v Clements was another good clash. Rat got first chance to go for game. He missed one yellow ball, but it came of 2 cushions and went in different pocket! What an amazing bit of luck!!! Could he capitalise on it? .. No. I'm afraid not. He tried a plant on last 2 yellows which failed. This left a very inviting finish for Clements who took out his colours with ease. But again position on black wasn't good. Left a tough pot which rattled and almost got potted with white knocking into it.  Rat took out his colours and simple black to make it 5!

OSW up next who is joint leader with Mark in ranking playing JC. Tight'ish table with a few balls tucked up after break. But somehow and I looked and thought it didn't go, OSW played a 3 ball carom which opened up the whole frame for him which he promptly dispatched! Nicely done and no fluke..

Bang 6:0 all singles won!

Doubles next. Bit of a scrappy one and memory is failing me. But I do remember seeing Pinkie pulling off a tough finish to take the frame. 2 very good finishes for the Captain

Mop/Sherwood v Dave/JC. Avery breaks again and pots and on for dish. He leaves tough yellow on rail to last. Get to it but doesn't pot it and leaves it over pocket. Mop up and gets out tough ball for red and leaves snooker in good old Rules style pla.  Tough snooker, only escape is a full ball swerve for JC who does produce a quality shot, pots yellow and leaves long black. He misses this leaving Shwerwood and inviting table to clear. Declines snooker option and goes for it, but fails. Leaves a perfect double black for Avery. Which he promptly takes and pots to cheers from the Oak team in relief I think!

Last frame could of gone either way. Oak had first good chance but again rattle the black. A snooker and failed escape leaves Rat with 2 and clearance. Saves 2 for last red on rail. But he doesn't get it out well and fails to pot it on second visit, Last frame to Oak. 

Result: 7:2 win! Again we topple the leaders @ Erith Snooker. Last time we swapped the leaders as Oak took the reins. This time we get to hold top spot jointly with Halfway as they smashed a 8:1 win v our sister team Erith A. 7:2 a justified scoreline for tonights match? I think so. We pulled off some very clinical finishes, Pinkie, OSW and Blaster to name 3. Yes Oak had chances in frames. But is it us being lucky they rattled these blacks or bad play by Oak? My view: I don't think we were lucky..  6 games to go. All to play for now.. Lets play pool....

For mini clip fans.... Erith snooker have just been awarded 


10th league win in a row :)


Match report v Running Horses away

posted 5 Mar 2014 08:13 by paul williams   [ updated 5 Mar 2014 08:15 ]

Luckily this was not one of the pubs that Sherwood is banned from, as we only had 5 tonight as Wobbler was with a sick child( Not in a Jimmy Saville way ) and Rat had dodgy Knee..

Team was playing well at Erith Snooker but the 5 minute walk down the hill past the old police station (Sherwood was probably locked up there sometime in the past ) must of knocked us off form as we could hardly pot a ball after that!

1-0 and then 2-0 down as Pinkie and Blaster lost to Mick and Simon D

Bad boy Sherwood up next and he proved he could win a frame if he wasn't barred from the pub....

Mop fell of the winning line as well. Got 2 shots but failed to make a finish after a 3 ball combination failed to drop. He was lucky he got another chance next visit.

OSW next and continued his winning form. And currently top of the rankings. Shows to Sherwood what you can do if not barred from pubs..

So to the best part of the night. the pick a player to play again. drum roll......... This time it was Bad boy Sherwood. Who promptly went on to win.

Bad start but 4:2 up on singles.

Doubles and Mop/blaster up first and a good double on black by Mop finished first to Erith.

The 2nd doubles slipped away and 3rd doubles was the finish of the night by Brandon of Running Horses. he took out a tough finish.

Result: A slippery fixture away to Running Horses. Happy with any win there to keep league title chase up. At 5:2 disappointed to only come away with 5:4, but we didn't play that well so will take win.  hopefully Sherwood wont get barred from any other pubs before next game...



Match Report v Village Inn A

posted 26 Feb 2014 04:02 by paul williams   [ updated 26 Feb 2014 13:00 ]

Home game for us v some tough competitors Village Inn A (Formally Valley Road).

Pinkie up first and lost to a very good clearance Steve E with a double black at the end.

Sherwood up next and capitalised on a mistake by Gooner to finish a quick game.

Longest frame of night and possible season so far. Mop v Mark. Pockets covered meant no finish available for either player. Mop manoeuvred the black to his covered pocket which paid off, as when Mark went for game he had a tough long double as his only option. He missed this and Mop cleared up.

Rat had control of the next frame with a covered pocket and finished it with controlled clearance.

in form OSW next and he made a meal of his game v Steve H. A missed black to middle by Steve let Glen have a chance and he took it.

Pat could pick his opponent as Erith D only had 5 due to Blaster not being about due to birth of Baby Myles.  (Congrats to Steve & Becs)

Pat chose in form OSW! Pat was playing well and had to get black out from OSW yellows to win frame. He knocked it out just over middle pocket for easy finish!! So Pat chose well!

4-2 singles and doubles now. We are now doubles experts, not sure what has changed but we have won 17 of the last 21 frames of doubles!   

First up we put in Sharon (as we only had 5) after her trebles winning form from last week. She got Pinkie out of trouble after he missed with 2 on the black as she potted a fine black to middle.

Mop/Sherwood up next and Mop decided he would not have another long tactics match. Mop took out a tasty 7 ball clearance on his first visit to the table, the black finding a route through the pack of reds to the corner. Which included a lovely cut down 3/4 of the side rail to start it off.

OSW broke next and he was true to the cartoon I posted on FB earlier in the day. The white flew off and hit the wall on his break! 2 shots to Pat and Steve


Pat potted a couple but missed a couple. Rat not to be out done by Mop then dished up the 7 reds and the black in his first visit too! 
2 Village Inn Steve's didn't get a shot in last 2 doubles!

Result: 7:2 Erith D were on form. The 2 frames we lost were to 2 good finished by Village Inn. OSW got lucky with his frame after Steve missed a simplish black, but otherwise a very polished performance by Erith D players. The 8th league win on the trot puts us now 2nd and with a good challenge for title.


Match report v Railway B

posted 12 Feb 2014 08:08 by paul williams

Back on league games this week. Back to Slade Green for us to play Railway B

Started with pinkie for us, Pinkie was in no mood to lose first and pulled of a good finish

Up next Sherwood and Railway had a bit of a run of the ball.. Fudged things up when it looked like Sherwood was going to finish. Dan from Railway got his chance and cleared.

Up next back from long gone was Wobbler playing their top player Mel. Wobbler looked like he hadn't been away form the table and finished well when he got the chance.

Mop up next and I have got to say played the most fortunate opponent ever. Steve R from Railway missed in offs in the middle 3 times on the knuckle and when he opened it all after missing left the ball in the only safe place on the table! Mop lost. With Steve's even black pot the white rattled in the corner pocket and stayed up!

Glen currently on top form played another good game and won easily

Who would they pick to play again. It was Pinkie! He played again and won. But this time he was a bit lucky as his opponent snookered himself on a simple clearance. Leaving Pinkie to dish up.

Mop/Pinkie were off form in doubles. And lost to Mel ad Steve. But Glen showed how to pot after getting 2 shots from in/off on the break he dished up.

And Pinkie got picked again to play last doubles with Sherwood. Pinkie registering his third win of the night to take last doubles.

Result: 6:3 away win is always good. A bit of equal roll would of led to a bigger score. But a win is a win. We win the rest of the games left title could be ours.


Match report v Halway House (home)

posted 29 Jan 2014 07:48 by paul williams   [ updated 29 Jan 2014 09:02 ]

It was time for runaway leaders to come and pay us a visit.

Away game was a close affair which we thought we didn't have the run of the balls.  Run of the balls was a factor again but probably just swayed in our favour but close.

Mop up first for a change as Pinkie got bored of Ego head Mop winning in practice frames before match.. This was the first of 2 rematches from singles KO games of last week.

Mop v Marc. Was a little tactical, but not too bad. It worked its way open again and Mop had 2 shots to clear pretty simple finish. A careless shot on last yellow hit middle knuckle and went very nasty and Mop missed snooker escape. I owed a bit of luck to Marc from singles as he had none last week. Marc accepted it and cleared.

Heather v Pinkie. Heather was trying to control the pockets but he kept potting them, which forced his hand to go for game early. He got left on one ball which he got snookered on and then potted. But failed to get shot on black. Pinkie got 2 and cleared.

Blaster Steve up next v Seep. Similar story to previous frame. Seep blasted out and potted everything. But the black was always tied up, this stopped Seeps break and gave 2 shots away. Steve was clearing them well but opening a cluster of balls with a pot caused the black to go in. 2-1 Halfway.

Run of balls wasn't going great here.  But little did we know it would change from now on.

Sherwood v Andy was an very open game which Sherwood likes. Sherwood took out the finish first.

Pete next v 'The Bear'. Pete was on form and potting well. But position was getting harder and harder on the break. Left a cut on the black that looked a certain in/off. It didn't stop Pete playing it. It was a certain in/off! 3-2

With Rat injured we only had 5. Bert said he wanted to play either of the losers. (Mop or Blaster). Bill chose Blaster. But Blaster did not put a foot wrong in the frame and beat inform Bert

4-2 up on singles.

Doubles and we were flying now. We were taking our chances as they were offered. Mop/Pinkie took first. A missed black by New boy Matt from Halfway was eagerly taken by 'The Bear'. And Sherwood took finish in last doubles.

Result: 7:2 v league leaders was what we needed! Gap of 9 points to top was cut to 2!  With us winning the last 6 and the last 2 both with heavy 7-2 score lines v good opponents. If we can carry this on we should have a good challenge for title.






Match report v Oak B (home)

posted 15 Jan 2014 05:42 by paul williams   [ updated 15 Jan 2014 08:28 ]

Oak B turned up for last game of first half of season a few players short. This was our chance to get some points

Pinkie up first and broke his bad run of loses in singles with a win. Although he still wasn't firing on all cylinders.  REALLY?

Blaster up next and put some good confident pots in. But Aaron had first half chance and got to a potable black but caught it too thick. Blaster pulled of a good clearance to win.

A very out of sorts Sherwood up next, who lost to Russell who had a fortunate positional shot on black but still deserved win.

Moppy up next and pulled of a very difficult dish v Nigel as he navigated round the yellows to pot a tough black.

The late pairing of Rat and Bear up last and both been solid lately. Rat pulling of a good finish.

Singles 5:1 nice start.

Sherwood/Pinkie lost our first doubles. REALLY?

But mop dished up well in second and the Bear finishing the 3rd doubles of the night in style. REALLY?

Result: 7-2 is always a good score. We were in control most of night. With Halfway and Oak also winning, it didn't improve our situation much apart from cementing 3rd place. Half season done and 9 points behind leaders halfway (who we play next) a couple of silly 4-5 loses cost us some vital points. But we have won the last 5 matches well, and players are playing well. Keep our focus and we could have a  good challenge by end of season.  

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