Compton sparks Copnor challenge

Pedro Ferguson
Pedro Ferguson
From left: Zak Truscott, Samuel Laxton and Dean Russell    Picture: Tim Dunkley

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Copnor A are on the march in division one of the Portsmouth & District League.

Scott Compton’s men have taken 16 points from their past three matches to move closer to leaders Portchester X.

Their latest success, a 6-1 win over Al’s Club, could have been a clean sweep.

Jon Sunderland played Matt Hannam and both cueists struggled to find their game.

Sunderland reached 141, before his opponent managed a 17 break, the highest in a 90-minute set.

Compton fired a 38 break as he easily won his match.

Steve Morgan conjured up a good 42 to pip Justin Andrews and Mick Hall eased through against Trevor Sanders.

Ant Lacey and Kevin Harding then finished the job.

Portchester X are also finding things difficult since the changes to the handicaps.

Earlier in the season, Copnor C were handed a thumping from Jason Tame’s gang.

However, this time they were better off by around 150 points and hammered them 6-1.

Darren Inch and Tame did their best but Steve Baldacchino and Tony Simmons won.

Father-and-son combination Steve and Dave Lawrence put some early scores on the board and Phil Ledington made it 5-0.

Darren O’Hara then stopped the rot at the expense of former champion Steve Kearn at the death.

John Oldfield was up to his old tricks against Mark Tillicon as Copnor B entertained Cowplain.

The latter got to 122 before Oldfield completed a 60 break.

Steve Hughes and Frank Baxter gave the Gas men a decent start.

Then Norman Bradfield (30), John Shervell and John Wyatt took the score to 5-2.

Leigh Park came under early pressure from Craneswater as Tony Hansford and Colin Rowe struck early.

Next on was the Ferguson family clash between father Pete and son Pedro.

Youth triumphed over experience as Pedro picked up a 150-30 victory.

Barry Zee and young Richie Burnett hit back, before Andy Boulton took it to 5-2.

Craneswater R maintained their six-point advantage in division two as Copnor Xcels were scuttled 5-2.

Graham Farr and Dave Wheeler struck for Xcels late on.

Andy Carter, Chris Davies, Gary More and Brian Gardside won comfortably for John Peer’s outfit.

Gary Marshall was the star as Copnor F and Carlton did battle.

Marshall registered breaks of 52 and 32 to get past Barry Wooley.

Mel Davis, Jeff Oakes and Derek Dean were also on target for the Hillsiders, before Alan Wakefield and George Garnett cut the score to 5-2.

The experienced Simon Petrie gave Cowplain’s Dave Pitman a hefty start and needed a visit of 37 to pull through 150-147 for Craneswater Z.

Richard Williams and young Will Garrett shone for Cowplain but the city side are very strong.

Jim Frisbee, Jason Taylor and Nigel Ward all won in style.

Topspot captain Terry Hickley was happy with a break of 38 but Steve Orchard had the last laugh with a narrow 150-147 victory as Pompey Royals beat Topspot 6-1.

John Wilson, Jason Orchard, Dave and Paul Chivers all played well for the Stationsiders before Colin Johnson stopped the whitewash against Paul Tisley.