The Ladies second team were at home this afternoon when they hosted Knaresborough at Castlegarth. After a loss last time out at Rowntree Park the team needed to get back to winning ways in a Division that is both competitive and extremely tight. A mere three points separate the leading five clubs so most games have a promotion and title influence as the season enters the second half of the campaign.
Despite the absence of captain Rachel Butterworth, the team were still able to pick from strength and were favourites before start of play. Jill Abel partnered Fiona Chantrey and the pair were in lethal form as they destroyed the Boro girls in claiming three straight victories including two by 11-1 to accumulate an impressive 29 points on the day. Chantrey was at her baseline best, controlling many rallies and beating the opposition into submission whilst the strong play of Abel, especially around the net, meant there was no way the visitors could live with them.
Trish Bell and Janine Smith formed a powerful looking combination and they were involved in three very close rubbers indeed. A 5-7 loss, a 6-6 draw and a 7-5 win meant it couldn’t have been much tighter and the pair were pleased to finish on 18 game points. Time after time they held their nerve to ensure the team picked up vital match points.
Marise Richfield and Louise Williams completed the line up and they too acquired an excellent 18 points from a win, a draw and a loss. Despite suffering a heavy 3-9 loss to the Knaresborough first pair they dished out the same scoreline but in their favour to the second seeds before an honourable draw with the third couple. A quiet but efficient combination, the girls were calm and level headed throughout to secure their impressive haul.
So despite the rain there was enough sun to complete the game and a final winning margin of 65-43 meant the points remained on home soil. This lifts the team back into joint top position pending other weekend results and effectively rules Knaresborough out of the promotion race.
The highlight of the after party was a fabulous Gin and Tonic cake courtesy of master chief Louise Williams!
So well done to all concerned today as the battle for promotion continues and that is one more than likely to go down to the final match of the campaign. Next weekend the ladies are back on the road when they travel to bottom side Appleton Roebuck on Saturday with a 2-30pm start.