Match Reports

WC 11/11/19
Bettley Stars As Falcons Stretch Lead Over Hawks

Sparken Hill Falcons Connor Bettley put in a great performance to help his side beat their closest rivals for the Division Three title, Sparken Hill Hawks. Bettley recorded a fine hat trick of singles wins over the Hawks trio of Paul Wendon, Adam Pinches and the previously unbeaten Lewis Linacre. But Bettley wasn’t finished yet as he also had a hand in securing the doubles win with his partner Luke Barraclough as they came from two games to nil down against Wendon and Linacre to win it in the deciding 5th set. Bettley was aided by his team mates as they both produced a vital win each over Wendon to enable the Falcons to win by the closest of margins 6-4. The win now puts the Falcons 6 points in front of the Hawks although all is not lost for the Hawks as they do have a game in hand…full report »

WC 04/11/19
Carnation Cup Reaches Quarter Final Stage

The quarter finalists of this season’s Carnation Cup are now known after this week’s preliminary round matches have been played out.
The closest match out of the four preliminary matches in this handicap pairs competition was the game between Mark Sansom & Nick Sievewright and Mark Bloomer & John McIntyre. Sansom got his pairing off to a great start when he defeated McIntyre 21-16, 21-14 despite having to give his opponent a 10 point lead in each game. Bloomer then levelled the contest by beating Sievewright 21-20 in the deciding game. Next up was the doubles with Bloomer and McIntyre having a slender 3 point start in each game and they made it count by winning the doubles 21-15, 21-17 to take a 2-1 lead in the match. McIntyre and Sievewright then met in the reverse singles game and with both players having the same handicap a close encounter…full report »

WC 28/10/19
Eagles Fall Further Behind Leaders

Sparken Hill Eagles lost more ground to Clowne ‘C’, the Division Two leaders this week as they dropped points in the race for the Division Two title as they drew with Carlton X-Youth in the race for the title. X-Youth welcomed back Simon Holley who was making his first appearance of the season and despite not playing for a while he managed to walk away with the Player Of The Match award. Hooley recorded a hat-trick of singles wins against Chris Tilstone, John Hallgarth and Keith Swift and then had a hand in winning the doubles with Mark Bloomer against Tilstone and Hallgarth. Mark Bloomer added a win over Tilstone to add to Hooleys wins to secure the draw. For the Eagles, Hallgarth and Swift both won two each beating Bloomer and Mark Cooper with Tilstone adding a single win over Cooper to leave the scores level at 5-5.
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WC 21/10/19
No Cup Upset As Woodpeckers Establish Pecking Order

The first round of the Mike Tunningley Shield threw up no shocks this week but only one match out of the three that were scheduled actually got to be played.
First Division side Sparken Hill Woodpeckers were drawn away at Second Division Worksop Welfare Harriers ‘A’ and with a handicap system used in the competition then a cup upset can often be caused by a team further down the league pyramid but the Woodpeckers made sure that it didn’t happen on this occasion.
The trio of Steve Fox and Orestas and Martynas Riauba had to make sure that they accrued enough points on the table to build up a significant lead so that they didn’t end up losing the match when the handicap points were added at the end of the night. The Harriers side did give them a few concerns along the way by narrowly losing some…full report »

WC 14/10/19
Stanley Street Keep Pressure On Leaders

Second placed Stanley Street kept the pressure on league leaders Worksop Miners Welfare in Division One this week with a 6-4 win over bottom side Sparken Hill Starlings. With the Welfare side having no game this week due to a postponement, Stanley Street took full advantage and narrowed the gap at the top to just 3 points despite not fielding their strongest possible team. No Pete Eyre or Alex Millward this week, instead in came Mark Sansom and Dave Hodgkin to join Terry Emmerson for the Stanley Street outfit. Emmerson won his usual 3 singles matches to make it 17 out of 17 wins so far this season. He was well supported by Sansom who registered wins over both Andy Kirkland and Ivan Guilliatt before losing to Andy Lee in straight sets. Emmerson and Sansom then teamed up in the doubles to beat Lee and Guilliatt to complete the scoring…full report »