Belper Pottery confident of staving off relegation

DOUBLE UP -- John Marshall, who completed two fine wins inside a week for Belper Pottery. (PHOTO BY: Terry Fletcher)
DOUBLE UP -- John Marshall, who completed two fine wins inside a week for Belper Pottery. (PHOTO BY: Terry Fletcher)

Determined Belper Pottery gave themselves a big boost in their fight to avoid relegation from the Second Division of the South Derbyshire Men’s League.

Pottery enoyed a convincing 10-2 points’ victory over Tutbury to maintain their good home form. Simon Beetlestone led the way with a landslide win of 21-2, well supported by Cliff James (21-7) and John Marshall (21-8) in a success by 194 shots to 128.

Earlier in the week, Pottery lost 9-3 at Allestree, despite wins for Martin Stewart, Billy Marshall and John Marshall. But three of their last four matches are at home, making them confident of staving off the drop.

In the Third Division, Belper Meadows continued their push for promotion with an assured 11-1 (204 shots to 130) triumph at home to Chellaston that owed much to comfortable wins for Graham Sheldon, Ray Marples and Terry Fletcher. However, a trip to face the undefeated, runaway leaders Belvedere A, resulted in a predictable 10-2 defeat, despite some creditable performances from Phil Shaw, who beat the previously unbeaten Dale Spedding 21-19, Graham Sheldon, and Neil Ratcliff and Mick Frost, both of whom were unlucky to lose close matches.

Elsewhere in the division, Hazelwood chalked up a 7-5 victory (172 shots to 166) over Foremans Club with wins for Phil Meacham, Richard de Saeger, Jim McEwan, Igor Christensen and Steve Silkstone.

In the quarter-finals of the Belper Ladies League Cup, Belper Meadows defeated Little Eaton by 154 shots to 111, thanks to wins for Andrea Wheatley, Jane Simmonds, Val Allwood, Pam Leven, Janet Fletcher and Christine Nelson.