Honours Even In Mens Match

The Wetherby Men’s Third team were also in action this afternoon and it was nice to see all five courts in use with League tennis been played.

The team were hoping to build upon a midweek win at Alwoodley against higher placed opposition today.

With Captain David Morris unavailable and deputy Barry Johnson injured, Mike Triffitt was captain for the day and paired up with regular partner Peter Russell.

Mark Lawson teamed up with Peter Baldwin who kindly stepped in at late notice.

On a muggy afternoon with occasional sunshine, Lawson and Baldwin opened up against a fit and younger Wakefield pair of Vic Ahmed and Jim Taylor. The Wetherby men started well and soon opened up a 5-1 lead before having to hang on to record a 6-4 win. The slow starting visiting duo found their rhythm to tie the rubber with a 3-6 win in the second set however.

Over on Court Five, Triffitt and Russell narrowly lost their opening set 4-6 to Geoff Pugh and Steve Cordingley. However they quickly accessed their opposition weakness at the break and were able to wear them down to level the match with a 6-3 success.

So after the first round it was all level and everything to play for.

Pugh and Cordingley were narrow winners of the opening set by 6-4 but in an extremely tight game the Wetherby duo of Baldwin and Lawson dug deep to level once more with another 6-4 success. Baldwin may be giving a few years away to many players these days but was able to roll back those years with some aggressive ground strokes. Lawson covered the court well and was able to produce some fine net play as the pair gelled well together.

So all eyes were on the final match which again was proving to be another tight affair. Ahmed and Taylor held their nerve and with less mistakes took the opener 4-6 meaning Wetherby had to win to avoid a 5-3 defeat. With Russell showing arguably his best form of the season with some devastating serves particularly, the pair were always just ahead. Triffitt with his steady game and percentage tennis was a good foil for the more adventurous Russell and they led 5-3 as the other game concluded. They knew they had to win and luckily Russell was serving again and closed it out in fine style for a 6-3 win and a half to leave the match as a 4-4 draw.

That was probably a fair result on the day with no pair able to dominate and every set producing close results.

So an unbeaten two game run means Wetherby,  despite sitting near the foot of the table, still harbour outside hopes of promotion as they look to welcome Alwoodley to Castlegarth next weekend.

Well done to both sets of players for some exciting and tension filled tennis with honours rightly shared.

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Todays Wetherby team was Captain Mike Triffitt, Pete Russell, Mark Lawson and the evergreen Peter Baldwin who still looks the best dressed and most stylish of course!

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