Derby Match Report


From left to right we have Kevin Duckenfield, Dawn Steel, Anne Lillywhite, Barry Johnson, Ann Jones, Katie Barrett, Paul Archer, Mike Triffitt, Carole Womersley, Tony Belmont. Marise Richfield and Neil Ripley.


The first Derby match of the season in Harrogate League Five saw Wetherby A host Wetherby B tonight. The match had been lost to the rain earlier in the season but there were no such worries today with the sun shining on a muggy evening.

Kevin Duckenfield and Dawn Steel played seed one and the couple continued the fine form shown in a win over Ripon last week by taking maximum points again here. They disposed of Wetherby B first seeds Barry Johnson and Marise Richfield 6-2,6-0 and followed up with further success over Tony Belmont and Anne Lillywhite 6-1 and Paul Archer and Ann Jones 6-2,6-3. They played some excellent tennis and are developing a strong partnership.

Mike Triffitt returned from holiday and teamed up with Katie Barrett again with regular partner Louise Williams still nursing an injury. The pair were soon into stride and won an opening rubber against Belmont and Lillywhite 6-2,6-1. They then were involved in a tight clash with Johnson and Richfield with the visitors winning the first set 6-3 but Triffitt and Barrett squaring the rubber with a 6-1 success in the next. Finally a 6-2 win over Archer and Jones in the finale ensured 2.5 points on the evening.

Neil Ripley followed up his first outing of the campaign last week when teaming up with Carole Womersley who was making her first appearance of the campaign. The couple were involved in some extremely close matches of roller coaster magnitude but managed 1.5 points.

They played Archer and Jones in round one and were beaten 6-4,6-5. Jones rolled back the clock to play some fantastic tennis with her never say die attitude and with big hitting Archer complimenting her they were eventually worthy winners. Archer was also making his seasonal debut and his powerful play was often evident.

Ripley and Womersley took a draw with Belmont and Lillywhite before entertaining a decent watching crowd in the last match of proceedings overcoming Johnson and Richfield . It was great to see so many in the galleries watching the action unfold with chairman Steve Jones also present.

A final winning scoreline of 14-4 for the home side was perhaps a little harsh on the visitors who battled manfully throughout but perhaps the extra class was enough to push the final winning margin to 10. Wetherby A with four wins from their opening six games go joint top although Harlow and Knaresborough have games in hand and having beaten Wetherby are the teams to catch. The B team will hope to preserve their status in the section and face crucial fixtures with Thirsk and Burton Leonard who are both finding life tough after promotion last term and currently sit in the bottom Two.

A good advert for tennis in Wetherby and all rubbers were played in a fine spirit. Well done to both players and supporters on an evening where tennis was the clear winner.


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