Reports from Moppy and Captain Power on the Erith Snooker Master8ers pool games...
News and Match Reports
Up first this week.. Moppy.. Tactical change by the Captain.
Mop v DIP. Dry break by mop and reds all looked open. DIP looked to be clearing them nicely but failed on 2nd to last red giving Mop a lifeline. Mop got his chance when Dip went in-off and Mop cleared
Pinkie v Jim.. (I'm sure he sold the place). A good battle with a great finish by Pinkie at the end. An excellent escape and pot and then a tough black to middle to win. 0-2
Blaster next and he fell foul to a good player Phil. 2-1
Rat fell over the line v Glenn. 3-1
OSW got to play Steve E and then Pat as we only had 5 and OSW was not playing well! he lost them both!
blaster/OSW made up for their earlier singles loss by winning first doubles.
Rat/Mop made it nigh win next frame.
Pinkie and OSW yet again! Could not make it 6
Result: 5:4 win OSW had a night to forget! but he got to play a lot of pool!
This weeks match report is done by Steve Heather from Halfway He beat me to the punch (helps working only 1 day a week i suppose :))
Link to Halfways report Halfway match reports. and copy below.
"Lim against Pinkie up first, Lim gave Pinkie 2 shots by going in off from the break. Pinkie should have dished but ran out of position and let Lim in but he could not capitalise and he let Pinkie back in who did a fantastic cut on his last red but was forntunate to develope the black over the middle pocket so 0-1 to Erith. Marc against Moppy next which turned out to be a classic old EPA fight, the game fluctuated bewtween them but Marc seemed to have the edge when he covered a bottom pocket but Moppy covered it with 2 reds which Marc could not get on after potting his last yellow and therefore with the resulting 2 shots after Marc missed Moppy cleared up to make it 0-2.
Will against little John and Will could not put John in trouble at any stage and John took out a neat finish to make it 0-3. Andy against real Kev, Kev should have won but took the wrong route to run out and let Andy back in who cleared up to make it 1-3. Steve up next against Glen. Glen broke and went for the clearance but could not finish, Steve covered a pocket and Glen potted a great yellow into the centre pocket to give him a chance to clear but the black needed to be dislodged. Glen tried to plant the black off a red but failed and Steve made a perfect clearance to make it 2-3. Seep against the master blaster next and a very tactical from Steve suprised us but a fantastic black made it 2-4 to Erith. Andy and Dav against Glen and Kev, Glen took out a good finish to win the match for them 2-5. We came back to win the last 2 doubles to make it a respectable 4-5, considering we were 3-0 and 5-2 down it was not a bad result but it put paid to our run of 8 straight wins ( 7 in the league and 1 in the team knockout) but a good night and banter and some good pool played and I think a fair result in the end. Team knockout next week, good luck to everyone left."
Result: 5:4 win. Was a close match and score shows that. We could be a little disappointed as we started well 3-0 and lost last doubles unluckily. But were pegged back twice and lot of matches were close so about right..
Away to Railway.
Maureen.. wasnt there but always in our hearts..
Up first Pinkie v Billy. Pinkie looked for snooker mid game but lost white to pocket. was a simplish route for win from then for Billy.
Mop v Josh next and open game. Mop missed then, Josh had good chance but missed a double. Mop cleared on next visit. 1-1
No Sherwood about so Blaster up to third. Lack of table time showed in Blasters play. He could not pot a ball. But one of the 6 yellows on the table came to his help as Rolo clipped it before hitting black in pocket! 1-2
Rat somehow went in off potting his yellow and left Kyle simple black
OSW is picking his form up slowly and got a win v Chris.
Blaster played better after being picked again but got stuck on black ball and Lee sneaked win from him.
Pinkie and Glen lost first.
Mop and Rat also lost but this was due to an excellent dish from Kyle. 5 ball dish that included 2 doubles and the last one on the Black was not easy..
Blaster and glen picked up last doubles
Result 5:4 loss. Annoying loss but we didn't play well and Railway deserved the victory.
Home game v high flyers Runners.
They had 6 players but a couple of regulars were missing in the shape of Paddy and Phil.
Pinkie up first and he was on form v Brenda. A half chance was all Pinkie needed to take a nice finish
Looked like Mop was going to do the same with some nice early play v Eamonn. But Moppy missed black to the middle as he was worried about going in off. Eamonn potted some good balls but failed to get on his last colour and let Mop back in to win 2-0
Sherwood v John. Scrappy game and sherwood looked to have lost a second week running, but Runner John failed to make finish and Sherwood snatched the win. 3-0
Blaster v Jim. Blaster was going well but failed to get black. It all got a bit messy, Jim had a little roll of the ball and it swayed the frame to Runners 3-1
Rat v Gurbs. Very similar to sherwood frame as Rat should of lost but Grubs missed the black and let Rat sneak the frame.
Last frame was OSW v Simon. This time Simon potted some lovely balls and look to take out nice finish But poor position on black by Simon led to a miss and let OSW swoop in with a good finish to take final frame for erith 5-1
Mop/Pinkie v Gurbs/Jim - Erith doubles took some good early pots but broke down getting to black, letting Runners back in. But they missed a ball and let mop take the black
Last 2 doubles also went Erith's way but could easily of gone to Runners. Brenda playing to the crowd and getting the whole club in fits of laughter in his frame.
Result: 8:1 win. A great win but we have played better and lost over times. Runners gifted us a few frames and were off form. Still as they say "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.. "
A cold wet night in Bexleyheath. But a lively and warm pub was tonight's venue. Busy with Chelsea v Liverpool match we just fitted in 2 pool teams as well.
Its a tight squeeze for pool room. You don't want to be leaving your white on 3 of the cushions. Not quite Dukes Head level of cramped... Table was quick and level. Maybe the balls had seen better days.
But this didn't stop pinkie who went flying out the trap quicker than Number 3 Mystical Syd @ 16:47 at Crayford dogs..
Beardie(Micheal) broke but broke dry. Pinkie came to the table and started potting and carried on potting and potted some more and before you know it all the yellows were gone and he was plumb on the black.. 1 visit dish. 0-1
Mop up next v Capt Lee. Pretty scrappy game. Moppy having trouble with white control on tricky table. He managed to get over the line when gifted 2 by Lee with an in-off 0-2
Rat up next and controlled the frame well v Peter and took black well. 0-3
OSW up next and didn't look like the same player as his low stats show. 0-4.
and talking stats. our highest stat player Sherwood. lost our first frame. 1-4. Shows what stats mean!
Blaster took the final frame and sealed the night win, 5-1
Doubles next and we sneaked the first 2. Not really sure we deserved them..
The 3rd was won well Ergi for Jolly Farmers. He dished off Blasters dry break to seal the final frame like the first frame by Pinkie
Result: 7:2 good away victory v tough team and venue.
We lost to Dukes head earlier in the season, but Dukes head table is a tough table to play on. Some say Erith table is tough too.. It does have its own challenges.
On to match. Pinkie v Jim. Close match and it swung both ways. Pinkie looked like he got his win when Jim went in off leaving just a red to roll down to pot and black centre table. But Pinkie hit the red too hard and it wobbled and went safe.. chance lost and frame lost. 0-1
Mop v Dave. Dave went in off and Mop controlled table from then on and dished up on his next visit. 1-1
Sherwood kept his great run of wins going with a good finish. 2-1
Proper Kev in for Blaster as blaster was stuck at work. An in off cost him dear v John who finished well. 2-2
Rat and Glen both finished the singles with a win giving us a 4-2 lead.
Mop/Pinkie v Colin/Dave. Dave potted some great reds to get to black but the black was one pot too far. Left mop with 6 yellows which he dished up with black for the win. 5-2
Proper and Rat lost to a strong Duke pairing of Jim and John. 5-3
Sherwood finished up again to take the final frame
Result: 6:3. Solid win v a nice team. Won't be moving us up the table much though.
Been slacking on my reports here is a quick round up!
29th Nov v Oak B. We bounced back from defeat by Oak A. with a convincing 8-1 victory. Our one loser poor OSW in singles.. Only the lonely..
13th Dec v Erith A. Local derby and still on good form. . proper and poor OSW losing but a good 7-2 win
20th Dec Xmas jumper game. 6-3 win again.. to keep our form going. See pic for happy Pinkie
3rd Jan - Team KO v Village Inn. close match went down to final frame which Sherwood dished to win. 5-4 Win
Now to last nights!
Due to illness we were down to low number. Only 4 fit players. We thought we had got the services of Darren P. But he didn't turn up. nice to let us know you didn't want to come..
Even though we started well. Well not well. But we got wins.
Pinkie v Gibbo. Littered with in-offs all over the place. Both threw it away. Looked like simple black for Pinkie to win but he missed it and left a very tough long black on his second visit. Which he promptly slotted home! 1-0
Moppy's game was all mistakes too v Aaron. both throwing it away several times. Moppy managed to hold it together on chance 56 and won the frame. 2-0
Blink and you will miss it next. Sherwood v Welshy. no safety considered here.. Mistake on dish by Welshy left nice easy finish for Sherwood to keep his top form going. 3-0!
Blaster next and looked to have it in bag after Scot got stuck on black. But Blaster failed to get position on black and went in off and gifted frame to Scot. 3-1
As 4 we should of gave them 2 last frames. But no one would agree with Moppy that he knows the rules. So they picked Blaster to play again when they should of had the frame. Darren won the frame so it didn't make a difference anyway. 3-2 and then 3-3
Tough doubles match first and longest frame of night. Crayford got stuck on black but Mop/Pinkie could not take advantage. Dan from Crayford finished off the frame in style with a long tough pot up the rail. 3-4
Sherwood /Blaster lost the last and night was lost 6-3
Result: 6:3 loss. We started great but lack of players costs big time. Oh well. Man flu is killed us :) and a good black from Dan.
First of 2 weeks at Oak. this time playing last years champions Oak A
Pinkie up first v Phil. A piece of good sportsmanship to start with. Phil called a foul on himself on a shot leading to 2 visits for Pinkie who dished up.
Up next Mop v Paul Clements. a bit of tip tapping with balls tucked up . Mop gained 2 visits from a snooker. Mop went for it but failed, leaving a finish for Birthday boy Paul C to finish which he did in style. 1-1
Rat v Mark H next Bit of bad sportmanship here. Early on Mark had control of the table and was playing a guarded game to finish. Rat wasn't impressed with this and threw the frame away. Not the done thing. 1-2
Glen v new Boy for Oak "Pete Whyte". glen stil not firing on all cylinders left too many chance for Pete and he finished well.
Blaster v JK. JK was left with a finish but last 2 yellows and black were on the cushion. this is the worst place to leave JK. 2 doubles potted on colours and he was on his 3rd double for black. Just missed this one, but it rattled the pocket and flew down the cushion to other pocket! ouch. 1-4
Both teams on 5 so both picked again. blaster v Mark H is was. Blaster was potting well but failed to get over line leading to snookers time. And escape and snooker by Blaster led to a win for Erith 4-2
Doubles. Rat/Blaster lost first frame. Mop/Pinkie v Mark/Phil. Mark put on his potting hat and dished up a good finish on his 1st visit. And last frame went to Oak too.
Result: 2-7 Another poor result for Erith for second week in a row. A little bad run but basically Oak took out finishes better. so no complaints. Need to start focusing again.
This is more a horror story (from Erith point of view) rather than a match report
Pinkie up first v Steve from Village. Littered with mistakes this match from both sides. Steve got over the line first.
Mop v glen next Mop broke and one ball down. A good break opened up and potted all the yellows, leaving a half table black. A horrible kick (quite noticeable as both balls jumped!) on the black caused it to go straight and miss. A good snooker by Glen which he then dished up with the 2 visits gained.
Similar story for next frame As Sherwood looked to clear his seven reds and then miss a black. A few snookers later and some unlucky play from Sherwood and it was soon 0-3
50/50 match with Blaster match next but pressure was growing to get a frame on the board now.. But luck was playing a part here, there was some rolls going Village's way. A horrible miss on the black but white ended up going safe! 0-4
Rat played Dip. Looked like Rat had played a good safety in the end of the game. Only shot on was a long plant double ! Dip went for it and potted it off Rats ball! Things were not looking good. DIP did a good dish to finish from there tho. 0-5
Soon to be 6. More OSWs fault as he had 2 on the black and missed a simple finish.
not sure we have ever lost 0-6. But scoreline could easily have been all square or even ahead to Erith on balance of play minus luck/kicks.
Mop/Proper got the first frame on the board for Erith in first doubles !
But no luck in last 2 frames cost us, and worst ever defeat! . The last doubles, glen from Village played almost a hit and hope, the white went all round the table and sat in corner pocket half jawing snooker on OSW's last yellow leaving no shot aprt from game losing one!
Result: 1-8 loss! I am still unsure how it happened. Was a complete horror show. Hopefully the luck will even itself up over the season. Certainly none that night! onwards we go...
The fish roundabout pictured here being installed back in 2008 . Caused some headaches as roundabout needed resurfacing last night. traffic everywhere, but we made it to lower belvedere just in time...
Match started as always with Pinkie on our side, But Mark and Bert were delayed from halfway, so Pinkies normal partner Mark was not to be. Pinkie played Lim and was a very weird game. Match finished when Lim planted his last yellow onto Pinkies black and it doubled into the middle pocket.. Wasn't going to be Lims last fluke today either.
Mop played in form Seep. Mop was in control and got a first half chance to win but failed to pot last colour. Seep failed to get a snooker (Table was playing a little slanty.. ). Mop finished frame off. 0-2
Will v Blaster . a fast attacking frame this one. Blaster got first chance and got to black but missed a long black. Will looked to have the game in his mercy but failed to find a good position on black and missed leaving Blaster to nick the win. 0-3
Peter played Sherwood. Sherwood likes the fast tables and this was the case again for another in for Erith 4-0
Rat looked like he had the frame win v Mark but snookered himself on the last ball. Mark then cleared to win Halfways first frame. 4-1
The tables were swapped on last frame Bert v OSW. It looked like Bert was cruising with 2 visits in hand. Missed a pot and position on his last colour and left Glen on black to senak the win. 5-1
Doubles. Mop/Pinkie v Seep /Peter . Mop/Pinkie had initial advantage. But a good snooker by Peter turned the tables and Seep finished well.
OSW/Sherwood v Lim/Burt - Looked like Erith were in advantage again. but an escape pot by Lim on his last colour (Very good shot) and then an escape/pot on black (Fluke this time) won Halfway 2nd Doubles
Rat/Blaster sneaked the last doubles as Rat then Mark threw away guilt edged chances, leaving blaster to pot black for win.
Result: 6:3 win for Erith. A good away win v a good Halfway team
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