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Weekly Reports 2019/20

Round 9 - 18th December 2019

 

Station A Whitewash Golfers

 

Workington's Station Road A produced The Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League's stand out result this week as they defeated fellow top tier side Workington Golf Club, 6-0.

 

A Tom Thompson win on the final two balls gave Station A the start they were looking for and thanks to a superb break of 47 by Mike Walker in frame two it was soon 2-0. A convincing victory for John Teasdale made it 3-0 and as Andrew Henderson also produced a comfortable win in frame four the Station A lead widened. A black ball victory for Darren Lawson took it to 5-0 and with super sub Barry Collins winning a tactical final frame the whitewash was complete.

 

Division 1's Workington Conservative Club ensured they went into the Xmas break as league leaders with a 5-1 home victory against division 2's Maryport Social. Wins for Julian Plaza, Dave Holland and Ryan Barker put the Cons outfit 3-0 up. Further Cons wins for Alan Moore and Stuart Shepherd took it to 5-0 however with Andrew Scott desperate to nick at least a point he battled hard to take the last for the Social side in a bruising encounter.

 

Week 7 division 1 leaders Workington Veterans Club came from 3-1 down to record a very satisfying 3-3 draw against current champions, Station Road B. A fortunate win for Craig Davies put the Vets 1-0 up but as Station B's Peter O'Hagan came from behind to win on the black the score was 1-1. Trouble-free victories for Kevin Kirkham and Stephen O'Hagan put Station B 3-1 up but the turning point came as 83 year old 3 time county champion Mike Dawson came from 45 points behind to take the fifth frame on the black for 3-2. The last game of the match saw Mark Tatton complete the comeback with a tactical masterclass as the Vets side completed a relief inducing draw.

 

Workington's United Club made it back to wins with a 5-1 victory over fellow townies Workington Legion. The clash of the division 2 sides started with United victories for Tony Hindmoor and Clive Lister but the best performance of the evening came from Legion's Louise Evans as she reduced the score to 2-1. A fourth frame win for United captain Andrew Mitchelhill made it 3-1 and with team mates Paul Johnston and Sal Cakmak taking the last two a decisive 5-1 match victory was recorded.

 

League Tables

 

Division 1
1. W'ton Cons P8 W6 D2 Pts33
2. W'ton Vets Club P8 W4 D3 Pts30
3. Station Rd A P8 W6 D1 Pts30
4. Station Rd B P8 W2 D5 Pts27
5. W'ton Golf Club P8 W3 D3 Pts23

 

Division 2
1. Flimby Social P8 W1 D2 Pts20
2. United Club P8 W1 D2 Pts22
3. M'port Social P8 W1 D2 Pts17
4. W'ton Legion P8 W1 D0 Pts14

 
Round 8 - 11th December 2019
 
Cons Crush Former League Leaders
 
Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League's Workington Conservative Club dealt a crushing blow to last weeks top tier leaders Workington Veterans Club with a superb 5-1 home win to replace their opponents at the top of the division 1 table. 
 
A victory for Dave Holland gave the Cons side the perfect start and with Julian Plaza winning the next on the pink a 2-0 advantage was reached. Mark Tatton produced a fine performance to pull one back for the Vets but as Alan Moore won easily in the fourth a 3-1 Cons lead was gained. The fifth frame looked to heading in the direction of the Vets but with Stuart Shepherd grinding out a black ball win the match victory was assured. Holding up the order again Cons captain Mike Park finished off his opponent in style to put his team at the top of the division 1 table. 
 
Division 2 leaders Flimby Social delivered their best away performance of the season so far as they held multiple division 1 champions Station Road B to a 3-3 draw. A win for Shane Evitts put Flimby 1-0 up and even though Station B's Peter O'Hagan looked in danger of losing frame two the division 1 averages leading player just manged to fall over the line for 1-1. Another close frame saw Mark Tunstall put Station B 2-1 in front and team mate Alan McLeod made it 3-1 with a victory in the fourth. Not to be deterred however, back came Flimby and with a Paul Vickers win in the fifth and an excellent captains performance from Geoff Banton in the last a fighting Social draw was achieved. 
 
Division 2's United Club also produced a season's best performance as they defeated division 1's Workingon Golf Club 4-2 away. A frame winning break of 31 by the golf club's Mark Brasted gave the fixture favourites an expected 1-0 lead, however with a four frame burst made up with victories from Clive Lister, Andrew Mitchelhill (34 break), Tony Hindmoor and Dave Chapman the United Club posted an unassailable 4-1 lead. Nevertheless the golf club's Mark Cowen ensured damage was minimised and with contribution of 30 he went on to take the last frame for what could be an important point. 
 
Finally, Maryport Social claimed their first win of the season with a 4-2 away victory against fellow division 2 side Workington Legion. Legion's Chris Hunter and Mark Lavin took the first and last frames of the match, however all the damage was done by Maryport's middle order as Andrew Sharp, John Fleming, Andrew Scott and Stephen Armstrong all won to ensure the Social outfit went home with four crucial points. 
 
League Tables
 
Division 1
1. W'ton Cons P7 W5 D2 Pts28
2. W'ton Vets Club P7 W4 D2 Pts27
3. Station Rd A P7 W5 D1 Pts24
4. Station Rd B P7 W2 D4 Pts24
5. W'ton Golf Club P7 W3 D3 Pts23
 
Division 2
1. Flimby Social P8 W1 D2 Pts20
2. United Club P7 W1 D2 Pts17
3. M'port Social P7 W1 D2 Pts16
4. W'ton Legion P7 W1 D0 Pts13
 
Round 7 - 4th December 2019
 
Town Sides Deliver High Quality Draw
 
Division 1's Workington Golf Club and Station Road B produced a cracker of a match in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week with their fixture ending up locked at 3-3.
 
A break of 43 by Mark Brasted was enough for the Golf Club to take a 1-0 lead and even though Ryan Ismay made a contribution of 32 in the next he could not prevent Station B's Alan McLeod from levelling the match score. Peter O'Hagan produced the season's highest break of 66 in the next but if that wasn't enough the Station B cueist also added a contribution of 37 to record a whopping 100 point plus win. The Golf Club's Phil Sorfleet delivered parity at 2-2 with a win in the next and as team mate Mark Cowen won frame five the golfers had a win in their sights. Nevertheless, this hope hadn't factored in Stephen O'Hagan's excellent anchor role record and as the Station B captain took the last an extremely entertaining draw was delivered. 
 
Division 1 league leaders Workington Veterans Club travelled to Flimby Social and with a confident performance they ran out 5-1 winners. Victories for Craig Davies and Mike Dawson put the Vets 2-0 to the good but with a solid win for Michael 'Sid' Walker in the third Flimby pulled one back. A Mark Tatton win made it 3-1 and as Steve Garroway produced a run away victory in the fifth the Vets side made it 4-1. In the final frame of the match an early lead by Vets captain Kevin Basnett was soon added to with a break of 36 and with a sizable frame advantage he led the Vets outfit to a sweeping match victory. 
 
Station Road A maintained their second place in division 1 with a 4-2 home win against division 2's Workington Legion. A thumping win for Tom Thompson followed by an equally impressive performance by Mike Walker, which included a break of 37, put Station A 2-0 up. A victory in third by Darren Lawson soon made it 3-0 and as team mate Mark Robertson won the next the Station A lead moved to 4-0. A black ball win for the legion's Shane Brewer pulled one back and as Mark Lavin also took the last some respectability was injected into the scoreline in what was a difficult night for the legionnaires. 
 
Finally, division 1's Workington Conservative Club delivered a solid away performance as they defeated division 2's United Club 4-2. Julian Plaza got the ball rolling in the first with a low scoring victory for Cons, a lead which was doubled with a similar tactical win for Dave Holland in frame two. United's Clive Lister stopped the rot with a victory in the next but as Ryan Barker won the fourth Cons led 3-1. A Mike Park triumph soon made it 4-1 but as Sal Cakmak took the last an important United Club point was gained. 
 
Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy Qualifying - 27h November 2019
 
Flimby On Top Form 
 
The Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League took a break this week to make way for cup action as the third stage of the Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy 7's Handicap took place. 
 
First up in group 1 home side Flimby Social took on Station Road A and with a solid performance the Flimby side ran out 4-2 winners. A 2-0 lead thanks to wins from Paul Vickers and David Teasdale gave the Social outfit the perfect start, however with a break of 38 from Andrew Henderson in the next Station A pulled it back to 2-1. A win on the black by Station A's Mark Robertson delivered parity nevertheless as Michael 'Sid' Walker won a close fifth Flimby had their noses in front at 3-2. As good a match as it had been up to this point the best was still yet to come and with a break of 46 Flimby captain Geoff Banton delivered the match victory in style to the applause of both teams.
 
The other match in group 1 saw Workington Golf Club needing a deciding frame to pip a travelling Workington Conservative Club side 4-3. A Dave Holland break of 42 put Cons 1-0 up and as team mate Richard McCarthy made a break of 39 in the next it looked like 2-0. This however wasn't in Mark Cowen's thoughts and with a gritty display the Golf Club cueist pulled one back for 1-1. A fairly easy victory for Ryan Ismay made it 2-1 to the golfers nevertheless back came the Cons to make it 2-2 with a win from Ryan Barker. A black ball victory for Mark Carruthers put the golfers 3-2 up but as Mike Park won an equally close game in the next the match went to a decider. Out of the hat for the Golf Club came Mark Carruthers and as Mike Park was drawn for the Cons the shoot-out commenced. Receiving 23 start Carruthers plotted his was nicely through the frame but with Park steadfast throughout the game the match went all the way to the final ball. Holding his nerve superbly it was the underdog who took his chance and with a good pot on the black Carruthers claimed the frame and match victory. 
 
In group 2 travelling Workington Veterans Club came from 2-0 and 3-1 behind to edge over the line 4-3 against Maryport Social thanks to an inspired finish by Mark Tatton and Steve Garroway. Ben Scott and Andrew Sharp won the first two for Maryport and even though Mike Dawson pulled one back for the Vets Ben Irving made it 3-1 with a victory in the fourth. Now at the point of no return Vets' Mark Tatton upped the ante and with thumping win it was soon 3-2. Team mate Steve Garroway produced an equally impressive performance to a take it to a decider but as he was drawn out for the the final frame there was still work to do. However wasting no time Garroway took his game up another level and in taking the deciding frame in overwhelming fashion he put his team in the stongest qualifying position possible.
 
In the remaining group 2 match, and in yet another comeback story, Station Road B came back from 2-0 down to beat Workington Legion 4-2. It was Mark Ritson and Andrew McMullen who gave the Legion their great start but at 2-0 up stepped Mark Tunstall to stop the rot with a superb frame clinching 40 break. Team mate Peter O'Hagan added the fourth, with a break of 37 to boot, for 2-2 and as Shaun Ayre and captain Stephen O'Hagan closed out the match with wins in the final two frames Station B gave their cup qualifying a real boost. 
 
Round 6 - 20th November 2019
 
Vets Go Top
 
Workington's Veterans Club moved to the top of division 1 in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week on the back of a 4-2 win at home to divison 2's United Club. 
 
Convincing victories for Mark Tatton and Craig Davies put the Vets 2-0 up however a nice run of the balls at just the right time allowed United's Clive Lister to nick the third frame on the black for 2-1. A Vets win in the fourth made it 3-1 but as United captain Andrew Mitchelhill took the next the division 2 side carried hopes of a draw. These aspirations however soon evaporated as Vets captain Kevin Basnett took control early in frame six and eventually went on to win with room to spare to claim the match victory. Vets are top of division one on 21 points and the United Club move up one place in division 2 to third on 11 points. 
 
Division 1's Station Road A maintained their excellent return to form as they defeated division 2's Maryport Social 4-2 away. Tom Thompson put Station A 1-0 up with an assured performance in the first but it was Maryport's Ben Irving who levelled it with a victory in frame two. A welcome return to the league for Paul Lister put Social 2-1 up but as Station A's Keith Telford out thought his opponent in the next parity was delivered. The fifth produced the frame of the week as a Ben Scott break of 30 looked to be putting Social 3-2 up but with a contribution of 33 Michael Walker pinched the frame for a 3-2 Station A lead. With the momentum well and truly in favour of Station A Darren Lawson pushed home the advantage to win the last with ease and take the match win. Station A move up to second in division 1 on 20 points and Maryport stay in second in division 2 on 12 points. 
 
Flimby Social kept their top spot in division 2 even though they went down 4-2 away to division 1's Workingon Conservative Club. A respotted black ball win for Flimby captain Geoff Banton gave his team an early boost but as Richard McCarthy, Stuart Shepherd and Dave Holland won the next three Flimby found themselves 3-1 down. A confident victory for Michael 'Sid' Walker pulled one back for Flimby at 3-2 but as Mike Park hit top gear in the last the Cons side powered to a 4-2 match win. Cons move up one place to third in division 1 on 19 points while Flimby remain at the apex of division 2 on 16 points. 
 
Finally, division 1's Station Road B delivered their most convincing win of the season so far as the beat division 2's, and fellow townies, Workington Legion 6-0. A close victory for Alan McLeod put Station B 1-0 up and as Peter O'Hagan made a frame winning break of 40 in the next Station B went 2-0 up. Another close win, this time for Simon Frazer, made it 3-0 and with an easy victory for Mark Tunstall in the next it was soon 4-0. Another win that went all the way to the death, by captain Stephen O'hagan, put Station B 5-0 up and as Shaun Ayre took the last with a thumping victory the whitewash was complete. Station B move up one place into fourth division 1 on 18 points and Workington Legion moved down one place to the bottom of division 2 still on 9 points. 
 
Round 5 - 13th November 2019
 
Top Teams Level Up
 
Division 1 leaders Workington Golf Club hosted second placed side Workington Veterans Club in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week and with a close game predicted the match ended in what seemed to be an enviable 3-3 draw. 
 
The first frame saw Mike Dawson roll back the years to put the Vets 1-0 up but with the Golf Club's Mark Brasted pinching the next the score was 1-1. A win on the pink by Ryan Ismay put the golfers 2-1 up and with Mark Carruthers at his tactical best in frame four he put the Golf Club firmly in command at 3-1. Nevertheless back came the Vets and as Steve Garroway won the next with relative ease and, team mate and captain, Kevin Basnett won the last with breaks of 42 and 41 the 2018 champions went home the happier of the two sides. The Golf Club and Vets maintain their first and second places in division 1 on 18 and 17 points respectively. 
 
Division 1's Station Road A maintained their recent form as they defeated division 2's United Club 4-2. Tom Thompson made the perfect start for the home side as with a break of 31 he put Station A 1-0 up. A black ball win for United Club captain Andrew Mitchelhill pulled it back to 1-1 but with Geoff Smith winning the next, also on the final ball, Station A were 2-1 to the good. For the third frame in a row another black ball victory was required and as it fell to Mike Walker Station A were now 3-1 up. In frame five Keith Telford proved yet again that experience is king as he took Station A in to an unassailable lead at 4-1. In the point a frame format every game counts and even though the result was decided Dave Chapman still made sure he claimed a point for his team as proved victorious in the last. Station A are third in division 1 on 16 points while United Club are bottom of division 2 on 9 points. 
 
Division 2 leaders Flimby Social ensured they stayed at the top of the table (now on 14 pts) with a 3-3 draw against fellow second tier opposition Maryport Social. A thumping first frame win for Shane Evitts followed by an equally impressive performance from team mate Aaron Long put Flimby 2-0 up. As only the black ball stood in frame three Flimby had a chance to extend their lead further but with Ben Scott taking it he pulled one back for the Maryport side. A fourth frame victory for Michael 'Sid' Walker ensured Flimby of at a least a draw but as Maryport's Ben Irving and Andrew Scott won the last two Flimby's momentum was held to the point of stalemate. Maryport Social jump to second in division 2 on 10 points. 
 
Finally, division 2's Workington Legion may have been defeated but in a tough fixture against multiple top tier winners Workington Conservative Club a 4-2 scoreline was more than respectable. A hard fought win from Mark Ritson put the Legion 1-0 up, nevertheless Richard McCarthy and Julian Plaza soon turned this around with wins in frames two and three for a 2-1 Cons advantage. A Stuart Shepherd victory in the next extended Cons lead to 3-1 but as Mark Lavin won frame five the Legion had a draw in their sights. Mike Park however had other ideas and with a reasonably comfortable win in the last the Cons side went home with another four points to add to their tally. Workington Cons are fourth in division 1 on 15 points with Workington Legion third in division 2 on 9 points. 
 
Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy Qualifying - 6th November 2019
 
McLeod Exellence Boosts Station B
 
The Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League saw The Eric McMullen Memorial Handicap TKO feature this week with Workington teams Station Road B and the Veterans Club both winning their group 2 matches. 
 
With group 1 consisting of just four teams it gave the Workington sides chance to take centre stage and in the first of the weeks group 2 clashes Station Road B won in dramatic fashion as they defeated Maryport Social, 4-3.
 
A Ben Scott victory in the first followed by a Andrew Sharp win in frame two gave Maryport Social a useful early lead. This nevertheless was stopped in superlative fashion as Station B's Alan McLeod produced breaks of 33 and 51 to win emphatically and pull the match score back to 2-1. A solid performance in frame four from Peter O'Hagan delivered parity but as Ben Irving won a close fifth Maryport were 3-2 up. Giving away a substantial start in the next Station Road B captain Stephen O'Hagan ensured the match went to a decider however with his name out of hat for the final frame there was still work to do. As the Station B captain went about his business any signs of nerves didn't show and in typical O'Hagan fashion he swept aside his opponent to deliver an excellent match win. 
 
In the other group 2 match Workington Veterans Club travelled the short distance to the United Club and with a 4-2 victory the Vets gave themselves the perfect start. A frame one win for Vets' Mark Tatton was soon cancelled out as Sal Cakmak won frame two. A slightly shaky start for United captain Andrew Mitchelhill was soon forgotten as he won frame three but with Vets captain Kevin Basnett producing a break of 31 in the next the scores were level at 2-2. A scrappy win for the Vets allowed them to moves into the lead for the second time in the match at 3-2 and with an in-form Steve Garroway winning the sixth frame with ease the Vets Club kicked their TKO campaign off in the best way possible. 
 
Round 4 - 30th  October 2019
 
Flimby Get Campaign Going 
 
Flimby Social swept aside a miserable start to their Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League 2019/20 campaign with a 5-1 trashing of fellow division 2 team The United Club. 
 
A win for Richard Kirkham in frame one gave Flimby just what they needed but as Dave Chapman took out Flimby's best player in frame two the signs already looked ominous. This however didn't faze Dave Teasdale and as he returned the favour in frame three Flimby were visibly buoyed. An equally impressive win for Mark Forsyth followed by one from Michael 'Sid' Walker gave Flimby an unassailable lead at 4-1 but the Social side weren't finished. In the frame of the night Flimby captain Geoff Banton delivered his best performance of the season so far and with a respotted black ball win he completed the away victory in style. Flimby move to the top of division 2 as a result. 
 
Workington's Station Road A also ripped up the form book with an impressive 4-2 win over club rivals Station Road B. Station A had an outstanding campaign last year in division 2 but with a slow start to the season top tier life was looking a little more daunting for the promoted side. However, with a victory over multiple champions in Station B the A side burst into life with a bang. The match started with a win for the A side's Tom Thompson and as team mate Mike Walker followed it up with a victory in frame two the B side were already under pressure. John Teasdale soon made it 3-0 to Station A nevertheless Peter O'Hagan stopped the rot with a frame winning break of 36 to pull one back for 3-1. A victory for Shaun Ayre gave the B side a sniff of a draw but with Geoff Smith producing another superb final frame performance the match win was assured. Station A and Station B are now both on 12 points in joint third place. 
 
Workington Golf Club maintained their top spot in division 1 with a solid 4-2 win on the road against Maryport Social. Bryan Walker and Mark Brasted gave the golfers a 2-0 lead only to see it reduced to 2-1 as Maryport's Andrew Sharp pulled one back. A comfortable Ryan Ismay win made it 3-1 to the Golf Club but back came Maryport again with John Fleming making it 3-2. The final frame saw the game's most convincing victory with Phil Sorfleet delivering the Golf Club's match win in style to put his team on 15 points for the season. Maryport Social are joint second in division 2 on 7 points. 
 
Finally, division 1's Workington Veterans Club continued in their rich vein of form with a 5-1 home win against division 2's Workington Legion. The match had started well for the legionnaires however as Chris Hunter won the first which culminated with a remarkable pot and positional shot from pink to black to win on the final ball. This proved to the high point of the match however for last week's division 2 leaders as Craig Davies, Mike Dawson (33 break), Mark Tatton, Kevin Basnett and Steve Garroway all won for the Vets to lift them in to second place in the division 1 table on 14 points with a game in hand. The Legion are in joint second in division 2 on 7 points. 
 
Round 3 - 23rd October 2019
 
Vets Record First Whitewash Of The Season
 
Workington's Veterans Club produced  round 3's most emphatic victory in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League's this week with a 6-0 away win against division 2's Maryport Social.
 
The division 1 side may have not have played in the past couple of weeks with fixture byes in both the league and the 7 a side KO but with a sweeping victory match sharpness obviously wasn't a problem. 
 
The match kicked off with victories for Paul Mostyn and Mark Tatton, and as Mike Dawson and Paul Smith also added wins the match score moved to 4-0. A war of attrition in frame five saw Steve Garroway win a high scoring encounter from nearly 40 points behind and as Vets captain Kevin Basnett made a break of 33 in the last it was enough for the Vets Club team to record the first whitewash of the season.
 
Workington Golf Club made it two wins out of three to top division 1 on 12 points with a 4-2 home win over division 2's Flimby Social. The first two frames were shared as Phil Sorfleet won for the Golf Club and Paul Vickers won for Flimby. A 30 break by the Golf Club's Ryan Ismay took care of frame three but a fine performance by Flimby's Michael 'Sid' Walker soon made it 2-2. At this point in the match the golfers upped their game and with Mark Brasted and Mark Cowen winning with ease the Golf Club left Flimby as the only team in either division without a win or a draw.
 
Current division 1 champions Station Road B were held to a 3-3 draw as division 2's United Club recorded their second stalemate in as many matches. An Alan McLeod break of 37 made it 1-0 to Station B but with United's Clive Lister winning frame two the scores were level. A battling effort by Peter O'Hagan made if 2-1 to Station B but back came the United Club again as captain Andrew Mitchelhill made it 2-2. Shaun Ayre put the title holders in front for a third time with a victory in frame five however United Club new recruit Sal Cakmak made the perfect debut as he won the last easily to complete a hard fought draw.
 
Finally, Workington Conservative Club produced an extremely efficient performance as they defeated fellow division 1 opposition Station Road A, 5-1. A thumping victory for Cons Richard McCarthy took care of the first and as team made Dave Holland made a break of 30 in the next the score was 2-0. John Teasdale delivered a fine win in the next to pull one back for Station A but as the Cons side went into overdrive Ryan Barker, Stuart Shepherd and Mike Park made sure there was no further challenge to the match outcome as they completed the victory in style.
 
Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy Qualifying - 16th October 2019
 
United Club Are Comeback Kings 
 
The Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League saw a break in the domestic fixtures this week as The Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy 7's cup action featured with a bang.
 
The cup's handicap format is always likely to spring a few surprises and with a 4-3 victory division 2's United Club's win over top tier champions Station Road B did just that but what made it even more remarkable was that it was achieved from the a position of 3-0 down. 
 
Giving away substantial handicap starts Simon Frazer, Alan McLeod and Peter O'Hagan did an excellent job in putting Station B on the brink of what looked likely to be a brilliant start to group 2 qualifying. This however proved to be the pinnacle of Station B's efforts with United's Andrew Mitchelhill (39 break), Dave Chapman and Tony Hindmoor coming back to tie the scores at 3-3. Out of the hat for the decider United Club captain Andrew Mitchelhill was back at the table again and with a superb win over Mark Tunstall he gave his team the perfect qualifying start.
 
In the other group 2 qualifying match Maryport Social travelled to Workington Legion and with a solid performance they ran out 4-2 winners. The first four frames were shared as Ben Scott and John Fleming took games 1 and 3 for Maryport and Chris Hunter and Mark Lavin claimed frames 2 and 4 for Workington Legion. At 2-2 the game was finely poised, nevertheless taking the initiative with a victory in frame 5 Maryport's Ben Irving gave team mate Stephen Armstrong the perfect spring board to close out proceedings with a black ball win in frame 6.
 
In group 1 Flimby hosted Workington Golf Club and with a series of black ball finishes the golfers ended up out on top with a 4-1 win. A final ball victory for Ryan Ismay put the golf club 1-0 but with another black ball win Flimby's Paul Vickers made it 1-1. The third frame produced close finish as the last pot put the golfers 2-1 up thanks to Mark Brasted. At this point in the match the golf club upped their game and with slightly more convincing victories Bryan Walker and Lewis Tilley claimed the match win to start qualifying off in the best possible fashion.
 
Finally, group 1's other qualifying match saw Station Road A maximise their handicap starts to ease over the line 4-1 against Workington Cons. A close win for Station A's Tom Thompson followed by a brilliant green to black clearance from team mate Keith Telford gave the home side a 2-0 advantage. A break of 42 by Station A's Mike Walker soon took it to 3-0 but a resolute performance by Cons' Julian Plaza pulled one back. In what turned out to be the final frame of the match Darren Lawson hit top gear to win comfortably and round off an excellent Station A start to qualifying.
 
Round 2 - 9th October 2019
 
Giants Clash Ends In A Draw
 
Top tier powerhouse sides Station Road B and Workington Conservative Club saw themselves face in other in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week and in a high quality fixture the teams ended the match locked at 3-3.
 
With both sides having won the league's top division many times in recent years the game was always likely to produce top notch snooker and with a frame winning break of 52 for Cons' Richard McCarthy in the first the match proved just that. Nevertheless convincing wins for Shaun Ayre and Mark Tunstall in frames two and three put Station B 2-1 up. A break of 48 from multiple leading player averages winner Peter O'Hagan was enough for Station B to ensure at least a draw at 3-1, but Cons weren't finished. The ultra experienced Julian Plaza won a close fifth to pull one back for Cons and as Mike Park took the last with ease the Cons comeback was complete.
 
Division 2's Workington Legion may have gone down 4-2 at home to division 1's Workingon Golf Club but in winning two of the last three frames the legionnaires demonstrated their fighting spirit. Wins for Ryan Ismay, Bryan Walker and Mark Brasted gave the golfers the perfect for a 3-0 lead. Back came the Legion however and with victories from Andrew McMullen and Mark Lavin the draw became a real possibility. Not to be deterred by the Legion charge Mark Cowen fought off the challenge for the second week in a row and with a victory in the last the match win was finally delivered.
 
Division 2 favorites Flimby Social crashed to their second defeat in as many weeks as they were beaten 4-2 at home to division 1's Station Road A. Tom Thompson and Mike Walker took the first two for Station A but with two fine victories in frames three and four Mark Forsyth and Michael 'Sid' Walker Flimby made it 2-2. Darren Lawson nicked the next to put Station A 3-2 up but as Flimby captain Geoff Banton started the last confidently a draw looked likely. Up stepped Keith Telford however and with a master class in match snooker he turned the frame around to produce a fine match win.
 
Finally, division 2's United Club turned a 3-1 home deficit around to record a 3-3 draw against a what ended up being a disappointed Maryport Social side. Fellow second division opponents Maryport Social kicked the match off with a close win from Ben Scott and as Andrew Sharp also won the next a 2-0 scoreline was evident. Frame three went United's way with a victory for Clive Lister but with Social's Stephen Armstrong taking the next the Maryport side could almost taste victory leading 3-1. A thumping win for United captain Andrew Mitchelhill pulled it back to 3-2 and with a triumph on the very last ball of the match for team mate Paul Johnston a fighting draw was achieved.
 
Round 1 - 2nd October 2019
 
Champions Get Off To Winning Start
 
The Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League 2019/20 season kicked off this week with top tier champions Station Road B making the perfect start with a 4-2 victory over Maryport Social. 
 
The league's cross divisional format saw the division 1 versus division 2 fixture begin with a solid Social first frame victory for Andrew Sharp. However, as Tony Elliott made a frame winning break of 32 in the next the scores were 1-1. This proved to be the motivation the Station B side needed and with victories from Peter O'Hagan, Mark Tunstall and Shaun Ayre an unassailable 4-1 lead was gained. The match wasn't to go all the current division 1 champions way however as a close win in the last from Maryport's Andrew Scott claimed the final point on offer. 
 
Current division 2 title holders and newly promoted Station Road A were made to fight all the way in their home clash against fellow townies the Veterans Club to record a 3-3 draw. A win for Station A's Tom Thompson was soon negated by a victory from Vet's Kevin Basnett. As the next two frames were also shared, with a win from Station A's Mark Robertson and a victory for Vet's Paul Smith, the match was tied at 2-2. Mike Dawson soon made it 3-2 to division 1's Vet's but with Station A's Geoff Smith on top form in the last parity was delivered. 
 
Division 2's Workington Legion produced the shock of the week as they took out relagated Flimby Social 4-2. Legion's Andrew McMullen won a low scoring first frame but with Aaron Long and Paul Vickers taking frames two and three Flimby held a 2-1 advantage. A victory for the Legion's Mark Ritson levelled the match score and with Chris Hunter and Mark Lavin taking the last two the Legion couldn't have made a better start to the new campaign. 
 
Home side Workington Golf Club battled it out against fellow division 1 side Workington Conservative Club with the two teams' being unable to be separated at 3-3. Phil Sorfleet put the golfers 1-0 up but with Richard McCarthy and Stuart Shepherd taking the next two the Cons stood 2-1 to the good. A win for the Golf Club's Lewis Tilley pulled it back to 2-2 nevertheless with Dave Holland proving victorious in frame five the Cons side could taste the match win. This was a challenge that the Golf Clubs Mark Cowen was more than happy to meet however and with a convincing triumph in the last the match ended in a stalemate. 
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