Wetherby Men’s Third Team made the trip to Roundhay on Sunday and after suffering an 8-0 reverse against Kirkstall last time out were on the receiving end of the same score line this morning.
Roundhay, the current Leeds Summer League Divison Six leaders, showed just why they are one of the favourites for the title with all four men above average and extremely strong players.
On a glorious day, when perhaps sun bathing on the beach was more appropriate than playing tennis, the team received a warm welcome from their hosts. Wetherby are captained by David Morris who does an excellent job running and organising the squad which is compiled of many players.
Morris teamed up with a newcomer to the club this season, Jeremy Branton, who has been living abroad but the pair playing seed one soon realised they were in for a tough morning. Left hander Glen Marsh proved a wily old campaigner with some lovely disguised drop shots and alongside youngster Sam Dandy, who had a very powerful serve, the Roundhay men proved too good and triumphed 6-0,6-1.
Over on Court Five Mike Triffitt and Pete Russell were making their debut together and the pair played some attractive tennis before falling 6-3 in the opening set. However the home pair of Angus Orde and John Ross were just warming up and went up a notch in set two to run put comfortable 6-0 winners.
Orde and Ross showed no sign of letting up in the second rubber either and despite many games going to deuce were able to continue their winning streak in beating Morris and Branton 6-1,6-1.
Triffitt and Russell were trying to avoid the whitewash but despite holding the Roundhay number one’s to 3-3 in both sets were unable to stop the rot and lost 6-3 on both occasions.
Despite the score line the chaps remained upbeat and looking for the positives although the highlight may well have been the sun tans they obtained!
It will take a good side to stop the Leeds outfit in their tracks if they are able to select this team most weeks and we will bring you updates throughout the season on how the title and promotion affairs play out.
From left to right we have Jeremy Branton, Mike Triffitt, Captain David Morris and Pete Russell.
Over in York, the men’s second team play in Level 2 Division Five and are captained by Mike Park. Unfortunately they are having a tough season and made the trip to Cliffe this morning for an early relegation clash with both teams propping up the section.
Wetherby have been competitive in this strong League but all too often have found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreline.
Missing Park and his son Olli today, who have arguably been Wetherby’s strongest pair this term, the team went down 60-48.
Mike Abel and Mike Connolly stepped in as number one seeds and they played some wonderful tennis to secure two wins from their three rubbers. An impressive 9-3 thrashing of the home sides third pair been the highlight and they finished top scorers with 21.
Marc Bickers and Josh Bayliss played seed two and despite their best efforts were only able to manage one victory and 14 points on the day.
Steve Crossley and Luke Green completed the line up and they continued recent improved form with a draw and 13 points.
There is still enough of the season left to move away from the drop zone so fingers crossed the squad can regroup and earn enough points to secure safety.