On a wet and wild Saturday morning the Ladies First team made the trip over to just outside York to play Rufforth. Missing several big names due to injury and various absence, the squad travelled severely depleted. This was a shame as the team are enjoying a successful season and challenging Fulford for both the title and promotion from Division Two.
Rufforth sit one place below Wetherby in third so this was always going to be a tough ask particularly without the big guns.
Lucy Wright and Helen Robinson were the only two regular ladies and they combined as the leading pair. Despite the rain they battled manfully against the elements and enjoyed three very close rubbers. Two narrow 7-5 losses and a 7-5 win meant they were rewarded with an excellent 17 points on the morning.
Katie Barrett,fresh from maximum points in a winning mixed doubles victory on Thursday, stepped in alongside the veteran Ann Jones. The duo have been part of the all-conquering Ladies third team but were to find this step up a serious raise in class. Despite a great battle the home side pairs were just too strong and Barrett and Jones were left to claim 6 points for their considerable efforts.
Helene Browne and Caroline Norman stepped in for their seasonal debuts and the pair soon found that in this Division there are some very classy performers. Katie Lewis and Christine Edmond are one of the strongest duo’s in the section and they dished out an 11-1 beating. The Rufforth number One couple achieved 28 points on the morning to confirm their supremacy. Browne and Norman will certainly come on for this outing and managed to reach double figures with 10 points bagged however including a narrow 7-5 loss against the home sides third pairing.
This is a slight set back in the teams title aspirations following a 75-33 loss but they still hold a seven point cushion over todays hosts and promotion is still very much in their own hands.
Well done to Wright and Robinson for keeping the score line respectable and both showed they are a decent partnership at this level. A special thanks also to the remaining team members for ensuring the fixture was played and especially competing in such poor weather conditions.
The Girls entertain Dunnington next Saturday at Castlegarth with a 2-30pm start where they will look to get the promotion bandwagon rolling once more.