On a sunny but windy afternoon at Castlegarth the ladies second team entertained Tollerton in their quest for another victory which would help them on their way to achieve promotion to Division Two this term.
With the usual selection headaches as regular team players were absent, captain Rachel Butterworth called upon mother and daughter combination Jill and Emma Abel to plug one of the gaps. This duo were to prove the difference as despite sitting at the foot of the table Tollerton brought a much stronger team than expected. However the Abel’s were in majestic form and completed a hat trick of wins and accumulated a very impressive 26 point haul along the way. Emma really was a class above and her all round game proved too much for the visitors. They coasted through against Ed Hope and Sandra Jennings 10-2,were comfortable 9-3 winners over Teena Gallon and Pippa Bailey but had to dig deep to beat Ellen Strabel and Dot Hornby 7-5.
Janine Smith who has stepped in countless occasions this term was once again involved in the action and made her first appearance of the season with Fiona Chantrey.The pair managed two draws and a 4-8 loss and picked up a useful 16 points in the process. The two draws were to prove more than useful especially with the contest proving extremely close.
Butterworth and Louise Williams made up the team and they were involved in three close rubbers. They couldn’t quite manage to get into the winners enclosure but contributed 15 points to the score board from a draw and two narrow defeats.
So as the hammer fell the final score line was just in the hosts favour as they ran out close winners by 57-51.
Credit to the visitors who belied their lowly position to run Wetherby close and each of the Tollerton couples provided 17 points to their tally to show how competitive and consistent a team performance it had been from them.
But ultimately this may well prove a very valuable 2 points for Wetherby which lifts them to the summit pending news of the leaders Wistow who were hosting Knaresborough. With three matches of the season remaining victory in those games will ensure promotion while two victories would leave things very much on a knife edge.Fulford and Copmanthorpe are still to visit Castlegarth with the rearranged fixture away at Appleton Roebuck completing the fixtures. Throughout the season this section has proved to be one of the most exciting and as we rightly predicted in the early weeks, it will more than likely still go down to the final game before the champions, promoted teams and relegation issues are finally resolved.
Well done today and good luck for the run in.