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Snooker: Fulford ‘A’ have the edge in title race
LEADERS Fulford ‘A’ made it five consecutive 4-3 wins in the York Conservative Clubs’ Carlsberg UK Snooker League.
Opponents Heworth ‘B’ struck first through Ian Strickland before Andy Marshall, Glen Mountain and Simon England moved Fulford 3-1 up.
Steve Carroll and Keith Watkinson, both notching their first successes of the season, levelled, only for Sam Wass to maintain Fulford’s consistent record with a black-ball victory.
The same scoreline saw Fulford ‘B’ hold on to second place at the expense of Malton ‘A’.
Arthur Pegden, Bob Smith and Andy Ogley gave them a 3-0 start only for Malton to level through Simon Weatherill (43, 22 and 27 breaks), Phil Hart and Roger Ward. Jim Rollinson defeated Lee Taylor in the final frame to clinch the Fulford success.
Bootham ‘A’, who have a game in hand, kept up the pressure on the front-runners by toppling their ‘B’ team 5-2.
Rob Barron rallied from needing a snooker and all the colours to level for the ‘A’ team after Jamie Robinson took the opener.
Mark Darley (24 break), Tim Fillingham, who came from behind to win on a respotted black, and Colin Robinson made it 4-1. Paul Scorfield clawed a frame back but Barry Rankin (34 break) sealed the 5-2 win.
Heworth ‘A’, in only their second match after a brace of postponements, were fortunate to eke out a 4-3 win at Acomb ‘B’.
They surged 3-0 up through Nick Dyson, Kevin Gall (65 break) and Steve Burdett only for Steve Rodgers, Andy Stone and Chris Nicholson to restore parity.
James Kilmartin edged the last game after Nick Goodacre snookered himself and then fouled the final pink.
Fulford’s Rollinson is the new leader in the Worthington player of the year competition with five wins in five frames.
Heworth ace Gall’s 65 break is the highest of the season so far and puts him top of the Pasema Paving contest. His effort topped the previous best of 43 by Weatherill.
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