THE best sides in the Northwich and District League served up another treat last week.

And this time Gladstone C had reason to celebrate after Darryl Fallows prevailed in a decider against Fred Backhouse to secure a victory for his side against Castle D in the Team Knockout semi-finals.

Jason Chester had restored parity at 3-3 for Castle after Matty Hubert and Nick Hubert took key frames for the holders.

They remain on course to win a league and cup double for a third time and will face Castle C in next month’s final.

The Division One side were made to sweat by underdogs Iron Bridge H, recovering from 2-1 down to lead after Ste Roberts and Steve Whitlow chalked up wins.

However Dana McCormack then forced a seventh frame that was won by Steve Smith to settle the outcome.

Witton Chimes A recovered from losing the first two frames of a Supplementary Shield semi-finals encounter with Rudheath in thrilling fashion.

Stuart Porter’s maximum break was the catalyst for their comeback before Wayne Porter made it 2-2.

Andy Johnson edged last year’s Team Knockout runners-up in front before Darren Porter took the sixth frame to clinch a final date with Greenbank C.

They were too good for Iron Bridge A in the other last-four tie.

Paul Fletcher’s 8-ball break was a highlight for Owley Wood B when they squeezed past Castle B in a rearranged Division One encounter on Wednesday.

The Weaverham outfit boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation as reward for a 4-3 win.

Green Dragon A took another step towards claiming the Division Three title, but only after surviving a scare against Winnington Rec.

The visitors roared back from 3-0 down to level before Paul Dodsworth nicked a final frame for the table-toppers.

Green Dragon B beat hosts Wheatsheaf by the same score.


Northwich and District Pool League

Week 15

Wednesday, February 6

Alan Backhouse Team Knockout Cup

Semi-finals: Castle D 3-4 Gladstone C; Iron Bridge H 3-4 Castle C (both at Gladstone Club)

Supplementary Shield

Semi-finals: Iron Bridge A 1-6 Greenbank C; Witton Chimes A 4-2 Rudheath (both at Castle)

Division One: Owley Wood B 4-3 Castle B.

Division Three: Green Dragon A 4-3 Winnington Rec; Wheatsheaf 3-4 Green Dragon B.


Week 16

Wednesday, February 13

Division One: Castle D v Owley Wood B; Gladstone B v Gladstone E; Gladstone C v Castle A; Rudheath v Castle B. No game: Castle C

Division Two: Broken Cross v Lion A; Greenbank C v Witton Chimes A; Iron Bridge A v Barn Owl B; Owley Wood A v Greenbank A; Witton Albion v Gladstone D.

Division Three: Greenbank B v Iron Bridge H; Green Dragon B v Slow & Easy B; Slow & Easy A v Wheatsheaf; Winnington Rec v Blue Barrel; Witton Chimes B v Green Dragon A.

Additional reporting by Rob Winnington