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The English County Snooker League

Report by Dave Webster and Alan Edmonds.

Grimsby went into their third English County Snooker League match, and once again came out with a good win. Entertaining Nottingham A at the Ray Edmonds Snooker Centre, Alan Edmonds, Mick Ponsonby, Paul Clark, Sam Ward and Jamie Green won five of the first eight frames, whilst for the visitors, Tony Morgan, Troy Brett and John Fountain each won a frame.

The second set of matches produced another 5-3 for Grimsby as Paul Jackson, Mick Ponsonby, Gary Challis, Paul Clark and Sam Ward (52) again did the business. Securing the three frames for Nottingham were Dale Schofield (56), Andy Diacopolous (75) and Adam Clift.

Another 5-3 for the home team extended Grimsby’s lead to 15-9 overall, and it was Mick Ponsonby, Graham Challis (59), Paul Clark, Sam Ward and Jamie Green (57) who kept the pressure on. Scoring for the opposition were Adam Clift, Dale Schofield and Andy Diacopolous.

The fourth set of matches leading into the halfway break saw Notts hit back when Adam Clift, Dale Schofield, Keith Holgate, Troy Brett and John Fountain took five of the eight frames. The three winners for the home team were Alan Edmonds, Gary Challis and Paul Clark.

The two teams took a well deserved twenty-minute break and enjoyed the hospitality provided by the host club. At this point, the score was 18-14 to Grimsby and so everything was still to play for.

On the resumption, the Grimsby lads stepped up to the mark, winning 6-2 thanks to Alan Edmonds (93), Paul Jackson, Gary Challis, Paul Clark, Sam Ward and Jamie Green. Only Adam Clift (58) and Dale Schofield won a frame each for the visitors.

The sixth set of matches got even worse for Notts as Alan Edmonds, Mick Ponsonby, Graham Challis (54), Paul Clark, Sam Ward, Gary Challis and Jamie Green took the session 7-1. This increased the overall score to 31-17 and put them within two frames of victory. Saving the whitewash was John Fountain.

The penultimate session saw Grimsby secure victory with a 4-4 draw in which Paul Jackson, Graham Challis, Gary Challis and Paul Clark (55) shared with Andy Diacopolous, John Fountain, Keith Holgate and Tony Morgan.

The final set of matches went in favour of a battling Nottingham team as Tony Morgan, Andy Diacopolous, John Fountain, Dave Bolton and Dale Schofield won the session 5-3. Scoring for Grimsby were Mick Ponsonby, Paul Clark and Jamie Green.

The overall score left a very satisfied Grimsby team with a 38-26 victory to enhance their position as unbeaten leaders of their group with three matches to go.

Next up is an away visit to Shropshire who are Grimsby’s closest challengers.