Wetherby A made the long trip north to Thirsk on Thursday for their opening game of the Harrogate and District League 5 mixed doubles competition. Missing star man Kevin Duckenfield through holiday commitments they drafted in Walter Skubiak to partner Fiona Chantrey and the pair secured a win and a draw from their two games. It was vintage tennis from the couple who won 6-0,6-2 and 6-1 in three of their sets.
Mike Triffitt and Louise Williams stepped up to number one seed and managed two draws. The couple, who were making their competitive debut together for the team, struggled in the opening set against a strong Thirk first pair but after losing 6-3 won the second set 6-3 to force a tie. Another slow start in round two resulted in a narrow 6-4 loss but again they bounced back to secure a draw with a convincing 6-1 demolition job in set two. With the last round cancelled as time ran out they were denied what would have surely been their first win so will have to wait another week to try for that.
Captain Ian Teasdale was again at his imperious best and alongside regular and long term playing partner Dawn Steel they were involved in two very long but epic clashes. A 6-5,6-3 victory over the home third pair was the last game of the evening to finish as the clock ticked towards 10pm!
Wetherby B who play alongside the A team in League 5 managed a 9-9 draw away at Ripon in their opening game, which in the absence of captain Barry Johnson, was an encouraging result. It was a good team effort with all contributing and but for injury to Greg Vince the team may well have taken full points.
Well done to both sides and good luck for the rest of your campaigns.