Well here we are again writing the mighty Interleague tome known as
the draw overview where I put my neck on the line and attempt to predict
how each team will fare. This exercise usually results in 64 team captains
calling me all the names under the sun. The 32 teams I predict as the
group winners of course think I know my stuff.
Once the dust has settled on the World championship qualifiers, played
on the Thursday and Friday before the Interleague, all thoughts turn
towards the main event the National Interleague finals. It’s the
reason that 96 teams and approximately 1500 players of all standards
have made the annual pilgrimage to Vauxhall Holiday Park. To test their
belief that as individuals they can cut it at the highest level and collectively
as teams that they are one of the best around.
The team aspect of it is already true as each of the 96 present had
to slog it out all year against the best that their counties had to offer
in the county section of the Interleague. Now we are here and it’s
now gone National where the best of the best will be going head to head
in 32 groups consisting of three teams in each group. This is the section
that sorts the men from the boys. The group stage has been and will be
again this year the final resting place of many broken dreams as the
reality of having to step up a few gears is no longer a hypothetical
argument. This is the place where you have to stand up and be counted.
All the bravado of the pre tournament bragging between the rival teams
and players stops here and if you don’t produce the performance
that matches your bragging you will be left feeling a second class citizen
until the next Interleague event. That is how harsh the interleague battleground
The event takes no prisoners and shows no mercy to anyone that offers
a sub standard performance. Make a mistake here and it’s punished
mercilessly. Miss a pot on these tables you can’t even use the
old stand by excuse that “it rolled off” because no-one will
believe you. That’s how good that Stan, Yvonne and Sue prepare
these tables. It’s really is amazing to think that a “Yarmouth
table” is all you need to say to a pool player and they will now
that you mean perfection in every aspect.
Anyway enough waffle it’s time to get stuck into this year’s
story of blood sweat and tears that will end in the ultimate disappointment
for all but one team either on Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
Traditionally, Table One see’s lasts years Champions begin their
quest to retain their title! And to those that were still there in the
main hall when Dawley won it last year will no doubt remember how proud
Olwyn Blagborough was to pick up a trophy she has wanted to get her hands
on for an awfully long time. But now it’s time to see if they can
go all the way again. Dawley A will do well to remember that quite a
few teams have fallen over at the first hurdle whilst trying to retain
Durham’s Horden will be their first opponents. Horden have some
very able cue men but whether they are enough to overcome Dawley’s
all round superior fire power I doubt so I will go for Dawley to start
their defence with a comfortable win.
Horden will then have to overcome Bedford A (Bedfordshire) if they are
to keep their hopes alive
James Griffin’s Bedford ‘A’ captain has vast experience
at this level and will select his playing order to maximise his team’s
chances. He will know that they may be involved in a count back to see
who wins this group. So a lot will depend on how compressively Bedford
This will set up the group decider between two Interleague heavyweights
Bedford’s Interleague performances have been going up recently
but whether they improved enough to be able to beat Dawley is a moot
point. Bedford have James Griffin, always up their in region 4 ranking
list, Paul Frith, Steve Dodwell and Terry Tievens. I think that Dawley
with the Blagborough’s and Craig Reynolds will prove just too strong
for Bedford. But I can see Bedford having enough big guns to claim a
draw which is when the count back may come in useful.
I wasn’t there but I would imagine there was a sharp in take of
breath in Wigan, Mexborough and Ollerton when they saw the draw for the
first time. This one is definitely this year’s group of death.
All three teams in this group are proven last eight teams, and to have
drawn each other in the group stage will be a massive disappointment
to all three teams. Once the severity of the draw has sunk in all three
team will be philosophical enough to say that’s the draw and we’ll
just have to get on with it.
First match is Wigan (Lancashire) vs. Ollerton (Nottinghamshire) which
is the opening salvo in what will be a blood bath as both teams jostle
to win the match. Wigan have Captain Ian Davenport who will be relying
on solid performances for John Cross, Geoff Harrison, Carl Bromley and
Lee Bridge whilst Ollerton skipper Dave Buckley will have Ex England
International Kev Seaman, Nick Jones, Gary McLeod and Scott Higgins which
I think will be just enough. A win over Wigan will help Ollerton on their
way to the last 32.
When Wigan take on Mexborough, Wigan will realise when they look across
the table at the faces of Tommy Farrelly, Terry Hunt, Phil Cartwright,
Alistair Bailie, Martin Hazel, John Astill and Gavin Preskey they will
realise the enormity of the task that is facing them. If I was going
to offer Wigan Skipper Ian Davenport some advice it would be, don’t
unpack all of your suitcases, it might save you time in the long run!
A match to decide this group’s winner will therefore be between
Ollerton and Mexborough (South Yorkshire), this is about as tough as
they come this could quiet easily be a final but it isn’t it’s
a group match and one team will be going home after it. I think the dog-eared
determination of Ollerton not to let the superstars of Mexborough run
away with it will make this match one to watch for anyone who enjoys
big fames of pool but there has to be a winner in this case I think Mexborough
will just have enough to overcome Ollerton. But it will probably take
a three frame playoff to do this.
Long Eaton are relative new comers to the Interleague so
I would expect that Ely will make short work of the Derbyshire outfit.
You just can’t
see Long Eaton having what it takes to overcome the likes of Ely’s
Dale Parson, Phil Harrison, Iain Aldous, Tim Barrett as well as England
International Simon Rivers.
Long Eaton skipper Darren Smith, will have a much easier team when they
take on the third team Rochdale as this is Rochdale’s first appearance
in the Interleague for quite a while. So it’s the battle of two
newish teams, Long Eaton’s slightly better experience will probably
be just enough for them to over come Rochdale with Captain Kevin Holland,
Chris Dean, Ady Brown and Mick Nichols.
This means that Ely will only have to avoid defeat against Rochdale
to secure their place in the last 32 and will probably be the first team
to do so.
The opening match of this group should be quite interesting
as Gary Francis’s Northants County take on the K/O cup surprise team McCluskey’s
who will be keen to build of their October successes. Although Northants
County have been here many times before I think given McCluskey’s
performance in the October event McCluskey’s will prove too strong
for Northants County even with England Under 21 team captain Wayne Gardner,
Craig Haynes and one of the few ladies in this event Louise Hale.
In the second match when Northants County take on Dawley ‘B’ they
will find much the same task as they had in taking on McCluskey's. Dawley
should really cruise to of comfy victory over Northants County.
This means that McCluskey's and Dawley ‘B’ play off for
the group. Based on history you would think that Dawley ‘B’ should
win however I think McCluskey's will send Dawley ‘B’ in for
an early bath.
Table fives opening match is between two of the lesser known
teams in the Interleague so this one in hard to predict. If I think about
would expect the Grove Elites great experience in the event will be enough
to overcome Surrey’s Premier Pool League.
That will mean Premier PL will be taking on Dorchester. Dorchester are
another team that I know very little about so predicting how this match
will go is a bit of a stab in the dark but I’m going to go with
Premier PL as they come from Surrey and Surrey usually produce good sides.
If the above match goes the way I think then it will hand the group
to Grove Elite on a plate as all they will have to do is avoid defeat
and they will go through to the last 32.
In the opening match of this group Friar Tuck take on Godalming ‘A’.
Under normal circumstances I would go for Godalming to cruise their way
through this match however Friar Tuck are the current Nottinghamshire
Interleague champions that means that they have beaten Sun Valley and
Ollerton, if they can do that then they must be a capable side. I still
think Godalming will win this match but it’s not going to be as
easy as it would have been in the past.
That means that Friar Tuck will then take on Gareth Hibbott’s
Preston South with Neil Davey and John Rimmer. Again history tells me
that although Friar Tuck are a much stronger team than they have been
in the past Preston South with the players available to them should be
able to see off any threat from Friar Tuck.
In the group decider between Godalming and Preston South it looks like
a typical, couldn’t put a fag paper between the two teams type
of tie but I think Godalming will just shade it and progress through
to the last 32.
Prince of Wales (West Yorkshire) who won’t lead by Non Playing
captain Lorraine Grice because she has just had twins (can’t really
understand where she gets her priorities from but I’m sure she
thinks she’s right to miss it). Anyway her boys will have to take
on Leicester Dynamos. This is another match where both teams seem to
appear to be fairly equal. I’m sure the recent additions to the
Prince of Wales’ family will spur them on to win the match for
This will leave Leicester Dynamos facing Luton Elite with Paul Turnstill,
England Under 21 player Liam Doherty. You would have thought that with
the ability of the Luton Elite team it should be enough to overcome Leicester
Despite the fact that Prince of Wales will be trying as hard as they
can to win for Lorraine, Luton Elite will probably not be feeling that
generous and will send Prince of Wales back to West Yorkshire to do a
spot of baby sitting.
With the amount of experience and quality in one team there
should only be one winner of this group, however they are yet to show
potential in the Interleague.
East Herts (Hertfordshire) field six professional tour players including
professionals Neil Toms and Tony Vickers, along with three times Club
Open winner, Danny Miller, this will make it hard for their first opponents
Ulverston (Cumbria). Ulverston’s skipper Ian McMurdo and top players
like Mark McMurdo, James Jackson and Martin Davies will have to perform
if they want to get close to the Last 32.
Despite the mauling that East Herts will probably have given them Ulverston
will be keen to show that they can play this game. This will mean that
Newbold will be their unfortunate victims. If Ulverston do win this match
then Newbold will not enjoy the prospect of having the take on East Herts
after being beaten by Ulverston.
East Herts should really be able to rack this group up in the first
9 frames making sure that they make no mistakes in taking care of Newbold
like they did of Ulverston.
Shrewsbury ‘A’ take on St Neots ‘A’, and although
Shrewsbury ‘A’ haven’t really been performed to the
top of their ability in recent Interleague events whilst St Neot’s
haven’t exactly set the world on fire either, I see this match
as a war of attrition but I expect Shrewsbury ‘A’ to be first
past the post, which will saddle St Neots ‘A’ with the task
of galloping past Milton Keynes ‘A’ just to keep their hopes
Milton Keynes A’s lead by Adam Marlow with fellow professional
Paul Sedman and Scott Willers shouldn’t really let St Neots out
of the blocks. That will mean that Shrewsbury will be taking on Milton
Keynes ‘A’ for a place in the last 32. As Milton Keynes
appears to have a much stronger team I would expect Milton Keynes to
This match last year was a semi final although this time round
Cambridge do not have the same players and Grantham despite losing the
of Matt Goodale they should still be too strong for this Cambridge side.
This means that Cambridge will be taking on Brighton ‘B’ lead
by that well known singer Andy Williams. Brighton ‘B’ with
all their experience should prove too strong for this Cambridge side
which will leave the path clear for Grantham and Brighton ‘B’ to
slug it out.
When push comes to shove I think Grantham will have a little bit too
much for Brighton to cope with and win the group by a frame or two.
On the very next table Brighton ‘A’ will be taking on Afford ‘A’.
In days gone by I always used to accuse Brighton ‘A’ who
habitually fail to live up to their abilities. However over the last
few seasons they have really come into their own and are now a force
to be reckoned with. When you think they have Darren Welfare, Morray
Dolan, Damian Campsey, and England Under 21 player Dean Torode and I
nearly forgot Paul McNeil you won’t be surprised that I’m
going to go with them to beat Afford ‘A’
This will mean that Afford ‘A’ will have to take on St Neots ‘B’.
St Neots ‘B’ are probably the weakest team in this group
and Afford ‘A’ should be capable of a comfortable will against
That will help Brighton ‘A’ make a formality of the group
when they take on St Neots ‘B’ and sail into the last 32.
Group Twelve sees one of the all time great Interleague teams
Kettering take on one of the newer teams in Harlow. Kettering as usual
Graham Berrutto, Dermot Kelly and the irrepressible ‘Love Machine’.
Harlow have Paul McArdell, Gary Plowman and Sean O’Mara but I don’t
think they have the same strength and depth as Kettering, therefore I
think Kettering well be the team that comes out on top.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, their reward for losing to Kettering
will be to go against Rochester with the likes of Ian Kettel, Ian Hubbard
and newly successful England Men’s Team trialist Jordan Church
to contend with. No matter how badly Rochester play, in recent years
they have played very badly indeed considering the amount of talent they
have in their line up, Harlow shouldn’t really be able to live
This will mean a head to head with two of the most famous names in the
Interleague Kettering and Rochester, despite my misgivings about the
ability of Rochester to self destruct I still think that when it comes
to this match, Kettering will be going out and Rochester will win the
This table will host previous winners of the Interleague
Trent Trophies ‘A,
the quality of this team is awesome! With current World Champion Gareth
Potts, England Team Captain Lee Kendall, former England Youth Captain,
Under 21 player and a new member of the England Men’s Team Adam
Davis as well as a former World Champion Carl Morris.
First to face them will be Lowestoft Town Select who may consider their
best option may be to forget to set their alarm clocks at least that
was they can claim they weren’t beaten on the table. Assuming
their alarm clock does go of they will then take on Andover Swallows.
Andover Swallows although not in the same league as Trent Trophies ‘A’ should
have more than enough with Rob Rasey, Daren Day and Neil Davis to send
Lowestoft Town Select back down the coast road without a win to their
With all due respect to Andover Swallows, who are a good team, the task
facing them in beating Trent Trophies A will be about the equivalent
of having Wembley stadium ready to stage football matches at the end
of the week. It’s just not going to happen!
Regular visitors to the Interleague St Albans Saints take
on City Of Coventry. St Albans Saints always look like they are going
to do something
but when it comes down to it they always find a way of shooting themselves
in the foot. City Of Coventry on the other hand are a workman like team
who will quietly go about their business, although St Albans Saints might
have more flare it will not be enough to knockout the solid team performance
that City Of Coventry will produce.
Shrewsbury ‘B’ having seen St Albans Saints struggle to
overcome City Of Coventry will probably be surprised to see that having
lost the first one St Albans Saint suddenly turn on the style and give
Shrewsbury a real run for their money and probably win by the odd frame.
Shrewsbury ‘B’ then face a up hill struggle when they take
on City Of Coventry in an attempt to win the group, City Of Coventry
will do much the same as they did to St Albans and quietly go about their
business and win the group.
Hertford’s Karl Beattie has a team with a mixture
of youth, experience and players that like to spend time at the bar
and he must be able to
lead them well if they wish to defeat Small Heath who have Dave Preece,
Rod Bannister, Liam Driver and Ian Priest. Small Heath who 9 times out
of 10 will make it to the last 16, so Hertford will really have their
work cut out.
East Northant’s Pool League are also past masters of spending
time at the bar after they have been knocked out in the group stage and
I don’t see this time being any different. Hertford should have
what it takes to defeat Northants, that will be a shame as it will virtually
hand Small Heath the group but that is how it will be.
If the group above appears to be a bit of a formality then
this is a dead cert banker because the group contains P.J.'s Stourbridge
led by Captain Paul Dunkey with Rob Chilton, Neil Raybone and Pat Ward.
The match between P.J.'s Stourbridge and Sheppey ‘A’ unfortunately
for Sheppey ‘A’ will be a one horse race no matter how Sheppey ‘A’ play,
P.J.'s Stourbridge will have the gears to cope with it. The only thing
Sheppey ‘A’ will take out of this is the experience of playing
against a top team
When Sheppey ‘A’ take on Nuneaton things will not get much
better for them as Nuneaton will prove to strong for them also.
Nuneaton with Alun Jones, Matt Cooke, and Steve Tedds will put up a
good fight but the experience and quality of PJ’s big guns will
see them into the last 32.
When Milton Keynes ‘B’ take on Lye & Stourbridge it
will be a match up between two evenly matched teams but for me the greater
experience of Lye & Stourbridge will be the deciding factor of who
will win the opening match.
That will mean Milton Keynes will take on Barking Phoenix lead by the
bearded one, Alan Pointer. Looking at Barking Phoenix’s team it
looks like they have got the edge over Milton Keynes and as Alan Pointer
informed me they are according to the Interleague rankings the highest
ranked team in this group and this therefore makes them favourites.
In my view this is where the ranking system falls down as I believe
that Lye & Stourbridge will edge out Barking Phoenix and the bearded
one will be spending the next year saying that the ranking system is
First to face one of the many great sides in the Interleague
from Lancashire the All’oas, lead by Mick Timmins with Lee Clough, Dave Chalmers
and Nathan Bridges will be East Yorkshire’s Beverley ‘A’.
Beverly A are very experienced in the Interleague and will be aware of
the enormity of the task that faces them if they are going to qualify.
Their only real hope and it’s not much of one is that the All’oas
can be slow starters at that time of the morning.
Beverley ‘A’ will then take on Penwith to avoid an early
exit in this years Interleague, despite losing to the All’oas Beverly ‘A’ should
still be able to produce enough quality pool to be able to see off Penwith.
All’oas will then only not have to lose to Penwith to secure their
place in the last 32, I think the boys from Lancashire will find this
Braintree against Leeds Lincoln Green will be another
one of the tight matches where both teams are evenly matched. Braintree
to get out of the group but at the same time so do Leeds Lincoln Green.
Looking at the two teams I think Braintree will have enough to edge out
Leeds Lincoln Green.
The Leeds Lincoln Green vs. Bicester match will be the same as the first,
where both teams are quite evenly matched but I think that Leeds Lincoln
Green will just shade it and but doing so give Braintree the group.
Wolverhampton Wednesday ‘B’ will take on Colchester ‘A’.
The mere mention of the Wolverhampton Wednesday is enough to instil fear
in any team that gets drawn against them although in this case its Wolverhampton
Wednesday ‘B’ so Colchester can rest easier. Wolverhampton
Wednesday ‘B’ are still a quality outfit and will probably
have a little too much for Colchester to cope with.
Heywood are a new Interleague team and therefore it’s hard to
judge how well they will do but like most other new comers it will be
a steep learning curve when they see how high the standard really is.
I can’t see Heywood having enough to beat Colchester despite the
fact that they have just lost to Wolverhampton Wednesday ‘B’ so
when Wolverhampton Wednesday ‘B’ play Heywood it should be
a near formality to put Wolverhampton Wednesday ‘B’ into
the last 32.
Afford Elite take on Radstock, both teams have a long
association with the Interleague but of the two teams Radstock have slightly
players which mean that Afford Elite will be taking on Ipswich.
Ipswich are a team that have really come on in recent year and are now
one of the top teams in the event which is thanks to Alan Mower, England
Under 21 player Matt Purnell and European’s Youth Runner-Up Richard
And as good as Radstock are, I think that Ipswich with their recent
run of form will be too hot to handle.
Renegade ‘A’ captain is new England manager Robert Uzzell
so he should know a thing or two about picking the right team and the
players at his disposal, are not quite England standard, but they should
still be good enough to beat Lowestoft ‘A’. They in turn
once they have lost the first match will take on N.V.P.L.
N.V.P.L captained by Ant Floyer will struggle to find what he needs
to beat Lowestoft ‘A’, which will open the way to Renegade
winning the group.
The opening match in group Twenty-Three is between
Allan Davis and Bury, features two new teams to Interleague. Allan Davis
have featured in previous
Interleague but this was some time ago, because Allan Davis has slightly
more experience than Bury I would expect Allan Davis to win the match.
If Bury thought their first match was hard enough they are not going
to believe who they have got to play next. Their opponents are no less
than, Imperial 1. Lead by skipper and New Member of the England team
Dean Wisher with Andy Breen, Sean Halligan and Ramesh Gokhul. For Bury
it will be an achievement to clock up more than 3 or 4 frames against
a team with this much fire power. Bury will be able to go home and tell
their friend that they played against one of the greatest teams in the
When Allan Davis take on Imperial 1 they will get the same treatment
that Bury got and they too will be lucky if they can get 6 frames out
of Imperial 1 before they get to the finish post.
Tolworth lead by Jason Norris should have no real problems
in dealing with City of Leicester as previous history shows that Tolworth
come through their group whereas City of Leicester rarely get out of
Once Tolworth has despatched City of Leicester, Gosport will then take
on City of Leicester and judging by the team line up Gosport shouldn’t
have too much trouble in ending City of Leicester involvement in another
Interleague event. This will mean Tolworth and Gosport go head to head
for a place in the last 32. Although Gosport are a reasonable team the
players available to Jason Norris should be enough to make sure that
it is Tolworth that go through to the last 32 and not Gosport.
E.H.P.L. take on Folkestone A in the opening match
in this group. Every year I say that I think this will be the year that
E.H.P.L. will fulfil
their promise and every year they prove me wrong they have a team with
vast amounts of experience and really should do better than they do.
That said I can’t see them losing to Folkstone ‘A’ who
although they are a good team don’t have the same player resources
that East Herts Pool League do.
Folkstone ‘A’ will now take on Leeds Premier, this looks
like it will be a close match and I think that Leeds Premier will have
just enough to edge out Folkstone ‘A’ which will set up a
head to head clash between E.H.P.L and Leeds Premier.
History tells me that I shouldn’t do this but I still believe
that E.H.P.L will win the group.
This will be Redruth’s first time at the Interleague
and they could have got an easier draw than Leicester for their baptism.
skipper Steve Doughnut Robertshaw says this is one of the strongest teams
Leicester have ever gone with. Full strength Leicester are championship
contenders so it is difficult to see any other winner of this match than
Leicester. To Illustrate the fire power available to Skipper Robertshaw
you have names like Tommy Donlon, Mark Selby and Tom Ford Just putting
these three in your team is an almost certain 3 frame lead. The bad news
for Redruth is that Leicester are not just those three players, they
are strong all round
That means that Redruth get to play Kendal, and Kendal although not
anywhere near as strong as Leicester should still be a little too strong
for Redruth to make any impact on the group.
When Kendal take on Leicester, I expect Leicester to serve up to Kendal
the same sort of dish they served up to Redruth earlier. If they do then
Leicester will win the group at a canter.
Bracknell & Ascot are another of the first timers who have to take
on one of the events real contenders in Coventry. Bracknell & Ascot’s
Skipper Dave Bryant has a real selection dilemma because if he gets it
right Bracknell & Ascot may just put in a respectable performance.
If he gets it wrong Coventry’s boys like Baz Hinde, Liam Farrell,
Martin Kirby, Steve Mullen &, Tim Singh will show them exactly why
they are considered as one of the top teams in the Interleague. I hope
it turns out a respectable performance. Whatever performance it turns
out to be Coventry will win.
Bracknell & Ascot will then take on City of Leicester who by their
own admission tend to struggle to get out of the group. I think that
Bracknell & Ascot may well give them a match but I think City of
Leicester’s greater experience in the event will prove to be the
deciding factor in this match.
Leicester City will find that despite the experience they have it won’t
be enough to stop Coventry from winning the group and consigning Leicester
City to another year of failing to negotiate the round robin section.
On the next table we have Sun Valley opening their
campaign against Medway. Medway have a considerable amount of experience
but Les Boddy
along with all his team’s experience will not be enough to stop
Jim I’Anson’s boys from winning.
Medway will then go straight back on to play St Johns and I can see
this being a tight match but I think that St John’s will come out
on top leaving Medway with no further interest in the event.
Sun Valley will then take on St John’s in the group decider St
John’s may have beat Medway but trying to beat Sun Valley will
not be an easy task. Sun Valley are a team that expect to get to the
last eight before they are tested. That means for St John’s to
test them they would have to be a last 16, last eight team unfortunately
they are not so I can’t see any further than a Sun Valley win without
having to test the engines too much.
This group is a refreshing group in that it no clear
winner so it’s
up for grabs for all three teams. Wessex and Penrith kick this group
off and it will be a nip and tuck affair but I think Wessex will just
have enough to win the opening match by the odd frame. Howden will then
take on Penrith, this again will be a really tight match which should
be good for going the distance. I think Penrith will make amends for
their earlier defeat by beating Howden.
What this means in terms of the group is that when the match between
Howden and Wessex starts all three teams are still in with a shout. Penrith
of course will be pinning their hopes on Howden winning the match but
not by such a margin that makes them clear winners of the group.
When it comes down it I think it will be Wessex who come out of this
group based on the fact that they look like they have slightly better
pressure players than the other two.
This group is another of the close ones
with no overall clear group winner although when Taunton take on Romney
Marsh in the opening match it may well be the deciding factor in this
group. Not that the group can be decided on this match alone. but the team
that wins will probably have the extra something you need added to their
make up. I believe that Taunton will, in the end, have a bit too much for
Romney Marsh to cope with and win the match.
Then Romney Marsh will take on Dinnington
who are not likely to be phased by having to play Romney Marsh but I think
that Romney Marsh will want to prove that their defeat in the opening
match was just one of those things and come back and bite Dinnington. If
Romney Marsh win this match Dinnington will have an uphill struggle to win
When Taunton take on Dinnington, Taunton
will be holding all the aces. Dinnington will need to win by a big margin to
go through, Romney Marsh will be relying on Dinnington to beat Taunton but
by a big margin. Taunton will on the other hand know that all they have to
do is to avoid defeat and they win the group and with all that in their
favour Taunton will have to have a nightmare of epic proportions not to win
Table 31 sees Chesterfield taking on Holderness and with the amount of
supporters that Chesterfield have the equivalent of a frame start.
Holderness will have their work cut out to get anything out of this
match. I see Chesterfield winning the opening match in this group with
That will mean that Holderness will be taking on Surrey Warriors in
the knowledge that a loss will put them out of the event. Unfortunately
for Holderness, Surrey Warriors will be chasing their own dreams and
that includes winning this group.
When Surrey Warriors take on Chesterfield it will be for the group.
This match has all the ingredients for a classic. Both teams have tasted
success in the Interleague before but for me Chesterfield has the edge
and will win the group wit two straight wins.
Preston take on Netherthorpe in the opening match in
this group. This is only Preston City’s second visit here but I
think they will beat Netherthorpe but only just.
Netherthorpe will go out of the event when Littlehampton Select beat
them with a convincing win
When Littlehampton Select and Preston City meet I feel that Littlehampton
Select will have just enough to get past Preston city