Shrewsbury Bell Target League: Fireworks from Halfway House maintain unbeaten record this season

This week saw the Halfway House team remain at the top of the table in the Shrewsbury & District Air Rifle Association Bell Target League after a convincing win over new team, The Red Lion.

Neil Booth for Telepost shoots at Marchamley. Photo: Bob Griffiths
Neil Booth for Telepost shoots at Marchamley. Photo: Bob Griffiths

In a match that saw six shooters, three from each team get all seven of their shots in the bull to score a Possible. Halfway House’s Rich Morgan finished with 38 and was a single clean bull from a maximum, Dai Williams and Sara Davies from the same team scored 36.5 and 37.5 respectively to put the home side in a convincing position. The away team from the Red Lion fielded Rob Williams who scored a 37.5, Andy Williams with a 36.5 and Alex Mutch with 36 to land a team total of 179.5 but it wasn’t enough to beat the league leaders’ unassailable 184.

In a week where there were nine possibles, Stuart Morgan from Condover helped his team travel to Maddocks and overpower them with a score of 176.5 against the Telford based team’s good score of 173. Morgan finished with a possible, 37.5 to score the matches highest individual total but the home squad’s Dave Price dropped only his second shot from the bull ring to finish with a brilliant 37. Condover’s Ian Small was close to a possible too, dropping his first shot to land a 36.5. Whilst Maddocks were without two of their usual shooters they performed admirably to finish as close as possible to their opponents and remain around the halfway mark in the league table, whilst Condover continue their tenancy in the top half.

The remaining two possibles of the evening across the five matches were notched up on Unison’s score sheet as they hosted the Harlescott B team. Mike Lewis made his mark shooting fifth and clipping the edge of the bull with his second shot to just miss out on what would have been a perfect “maximum” score. He received a round of applause from the spectators and shooters assembled as his last shot went clean through the hole to score a 38 from a maximum of 38.5
The depleted Harlescott B team were shooting with the bare minimum five shooters but did well to score a 172. The home team’s Colin Morgan followed Lewis and scored his first possible of the season, a 36 to help his side win with a great 178.5. Adam Binnersley from the Harlescott team shot a great 36, allowing only his fifth shot to wander from the bull. With the two points from this win Unison stay in third place in the league table, with the chance to go joint second using their match in hand from a previous postponement.

Marchamley Club hosted travelling Telepost team who managed to take another win with a 175 against the home team’s 170. Cheryl Ankers opened for Marchamley and banged home a 35.5, making up for a disappointing previous shoot. Shooting second for Telepost, was Roger Knight who kicked himself after finishing with a huge score of 37. Knight was disappointed due to allowing his first of the seven shots to sneak outside the radius of the bullseye.
New shooter for Marchamley, Sophie Evanson shot well to land a 32 with only one real flyer. It’s not easy to get up in front of shooters who’ve been shooting for over forty years and compete without feeling pressure. Sophie and the other new shooters and juniors from around the league all do really well to cope with the pressure and are a credit to their teams. T

In a battle of the two teams at the foot of the league table, Harlescott’s A team invited the Cock Inn to their territory and were pipped at the post with a 162 against the visitors 164. The Cock stays above Harlescott’s A team with a match in hand too, the A team have still to win a match but this is bound to turn around as we go into the second half of the season after the Christmas break.

Next week, members from some of these teams will take part in the Bell Target Championships at Victoria Hall, Broseley where Shrewsbury league field a team of twelve. They’ll be pitted against other squads from Broseley, Bridgnorth, Wenlock, Wrekin and Montgomery leagues and shoot 15 shots each at a bell target to try and take a number of different trophies. It’s good practice and will help shooters as they prepare for the last few shoots before Christmas.

Report by: Bob Griffiths