UNIVERSITY OF YORK 4-5 LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
The York men’s Pool team suffered a narrow 5-4 defeat in a tightly contested Roses fixture, one not short of controversy and an electric crowd atmosphere. The Yorkers had been delayed in traffic, and that only served to rile the audience, who were there in force.
In the first game, York’s George Hogg was beaten by two frames to one by Lancaster’s James Stone, before teammate Sam Wass suffered a similar fate to the Reds’ Cieran Roach, who helped Lancaster establish an early two game lead.
What followed next was perhaps evidence of the Yorker’s frustration, and the table’s angle was brought into question by a very vocal York contingent. One audience member even offered a spirit level measurement on his iPhone.
The debate soon petered out however, and Luke Wildgoose brought York back into the clash, notching two convincing frames over Lancaster’s Reece Dizenzo. Ben Kyriakou then levelled terms with a resounding win of his own over Sunil Jassin, and was met by a banterous chorus of, “he pots when he wants” from the lively York followers.
But York’s time on equal terms was short lived, and Lancaster soon resumed their two game lead, Matt Brown stunned by the Reds’ Matt Cuance before Kane Needhan fell to Daniel “The Hyena” Worthington who most definitely had the last laugh with two straight frames.
York’s Mike Walsh then gave the visiting side something to cheer with a comprehensive victory over James “The Wizard” Lee who simply could not compete with Walsh’s own magical display, which saw him win two successive frames by at least a four ball margin.
Impressively, York brought the scores to 4-4 through Mark Taylor, and it was by only by a slice of fortune that Lancaster were able to overcome Sean Kelly in the final game.
York will feel understandably hard done to by this result, but it was a great occasion and Barker House Farm will not be forgetting us any time soon.