Premier League Week Four: Slim lead for perfect Ponte

Pontefract 1 lead the Yorkshire Premier League by a single point after they and Chapel Allerton 1 both extended their winning starts to the campaign into a fourth week.

Pontefract 1 won 4-1 at Sheffield club Hallamshire, partially thanks to the return of world No.96 Patrick Rooney following his quarter-final exit from the Valencia Open.

Liverpudlian Rooney beat Hallamshire’s No.1 Ashley Davies in a cracking five-game affair at top string. By that stage though, the visitors had already sealed the victory, with George Wileman, captain Alex Hodgetts and Lewis Doughty all winning in straight games lower down the order.

Taminda Gata Aura returned for Ponte after a week’s absence but lost to highly talented 17 year old Nick Wall Jr at No.2.

Defending champions Chapel Allerton 1 are hot on Ponte’s heels after they also won in Sheffield on Wednesday night, 3-2 at fourth-placed Abbeydale 1.

Jackson Beresford is making his presence felt on the Yorkshire scene since arriving from New Zealand last month. He won his third successive YPL match, 3-1 against Phil Scully at No.4.

Chapel’s team captain and ex-US Open champion Simon Parke won at No.3 and Welshman Owain Taylor beat Matthew Broadberry at No.2. Hallamshire put six consolation points on the board when the experienced Murray Scott inflicted a first defeat of the season on Chapel’s No.5 Pedro Pinto, the Portuguese number three, and through world No.208 Adam Auckland’s thrashing of a travel-fatigued Mark Fuller.

Three young tyros put in magnificent performances as Pontefract 2 rose to fifth thanks to a 3-2 win over Halifax club Queen’s.

Prodigal 14-year-old Sam Todd, son of Pontefract club owner Mick, brilliantly beat former world No.83 James Earles in a five-game thriller.

England U19 player Ben Sockett claimed a notable scalp in beating England National Coach David Campion, while Elliot Ridge, England’s fifth-ranked junior, beat Matt Sidaway at No.2. The side’s ‘elder statesmen’ – Matt Godson and Adam Taylor – both lost.

York club Dunnington are third in the table after a handsome away win at Hull and East Riding. Ben Cross, England’s 16th-ranked junior, won 3-2 at fifth string, with Matthew Stephenson, Michael Andrews and Gareth Lumsdon all won in straight games further up the order.

The only blip for Dunnington on the night was No.1 Julian Tomlinson’s 3-0 loss to Hull’s ex-England U19 captain Harry Falconer at top string.

The night’s other encounter saw Chapel Allerton 2 lose for a fourth straight week, in doing so handing Barnsley their first victory of the season.

Club stalwart Ross Williamson offered early hope for Chapel A’s 2nds with a 3-1 win but Phil Bowker, Jack Turney and Miles Jenkins soon snuffed that out, and George Parker – having travelled up from PSL duty with the RAC the previous evening – put the gloss on Barnsley’s triumph by beating Stuart MacGregor at No.1 string.

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