NPL Price stars in revenge cup win for Lilleshall Sports Centre



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Friday, December 21st, 2007



NEWPORT (Shropshire): The shock of the first round of the Newport Pool Cup was a revenge win for Lilleshall Sports Centre over the table-topping King’s Head side that had crushed them 5-1 the previous week in the league.


Irene Whittingham got the league leaders off to a winning start with a black-ball game win over Neil Perkins, but Greg Heathcote levelled the scores with a win over Phil Emery. Ben Longstaff slugged out a grueller with Matt Collins to put Lilleshall ahead for the first time, but a marathon fourth frame between Lilleshall skipper Dave ‘Bezza’ Price and the in-form Neil Hallett ended with a re-rack after 20 minutes.


Safety play again dictated the strategy in the new frame, but Price kept his cool to wrap up a sensational win for the home team. Longstaff and Heathcote teamed up in the doubles to put the result beyond doubt with a fine win over Collins and Hallett.


In the other four cup matches played last week, the Shakespeare snatched a 4-2 win at the Wheatsheaf, the Audco managed to pip Junction B by the same score and the all-Staffordshire encounter between Junction A and the Boat at Gnosall ended in a 4-2 win for the Boat.


Meanwhile, the Sutherland Arms Muxton kick-started their league season with a 5-1 win over struggling New Inn. Charlie Hayward and K Warrington set the home team on their way and, although Mick Lloyd pulled a frame back for the visitors, a singles win for B Tunis and two doubles successes wrapped up the points for the Muxton side and moved them up to fifth in the league.


Would teams please ensure that all match forms are returned to the Railway Tavern as soon as possible after games to ensure that league tables are as accurate as possible. Please also text the result to 07831 123153.


2007-2008 Newport & District latest league table @ 21/12/07


Team                          P         W        D         L          F          A         Pts

King’s Head               3          3          0          0          16        2         10

Junction A                  3          3          0          0          13        5          9

Audco                         3          2          1          0          11        7          7

Lilleshall SC               5          1          2          2          13        17        5

Sutherland Muxton    3          1          1          1          10        8          4

Shakespeare             3          1          1          1          9          9          4

Boat Gnosall              3          1          1          1          9          9          4

Junction B                  3          1          0          2          8          10        3

Navy Club                   4          1          0          3          8          16        3

Wheatsheaf               4          0          3          1          10        14        3

New Inn                       4          0          1          3          7          17        1


Matches still to be played to date.

Junction A v King’s Head

Audco v Boat Gnosall


2007-2008 Newport Pool Cup – quarter-final draw


New Inn Newport v Lilleshall Sports Centre

Boat Gnosall v Audco

Navy Club v Sutherland Muxton

Shakespeare – BYE


Matches to be played on Wednesday, February 6th, 2008



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Date issued: 21/12/2007

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