The Ladies second team played host to Fulford this afternoon in a match with hugh promotion implications for both sides. Fulford were the early pacesetters in the Fulford Ladies Invitation League Division three but have come back into the pack recently in a section which is incredibly tight and intriguing.
The two sides played out an entertaining 54-54 draw earlier in the season when Louise Williams and Debbie Vines both picked up injuries which hindered the Wetherby victory hopes. That pair teamed up again today looking to make amends and this fashionable duo can always be relieved upon to add a splash of colour to proceedings with their dashing outfits. Playing at seed three the experienced couple managed a win, draw and a loss but fought back from 2-5 down to beat Fulford second pair Carolyn Taylor and Susan Saff 7-5 to secure a valuable win. Despite feeling the effects of a warm afternoon alongside a testing midweek mixed doubles outing when she played an incredible 52 games on Thursday, Williams fought manfully throughout and Vines, who is still troubled with a long standing arm injury, combined well to avail themselves of a useful 17 points towards the team total.
The ever consistent Fiona Chantrey and Jill Abel teamed up at number one and they too were involved in a win, loss and a draw. However they put Taylor and Saff to the sword in winning 9-3 so were able to produce a final tally of 20 crucial points.
Trish Bell stood in for regular captain Rachel Butterworth and was joined by the calming and efficient Marise Richfield. This pair were to prove the most successful of the afternoon. They were the only home pair to beat Fulford number one’s Elizabeth Mallory and Pam Campbell during a tight 7-5 victory and thrashed third pair Linda Iruing and Ellie Whittaker 10-2 who had previously drawn both their rubbers. Another 9-3 thumping of Taylor and Saff meant an impressive final haul of 26 points which saw Wetherby run out comfortable winners in the end by 63 games to 45.
This win means Wetherby move to the summit prior to news of overnight leaders Wistow’s result against Appleton Roebuck. It will be a surprise if Wistow don’t win that at struggling Roebuck but Wetherby’s promotion is still very much in their own hands. If they beat third placed Copmanthorpe at Castlegarth next Saturday afternoon the champagne corks will be flying as promotion will then be assured.
Well done to the ladies today and it was also nice to see plenty of familiar faces in the crowd cheering them on to victory in lovely sunny conditions.
Todays winning team from left to right was – Louise Williams, Jill Abel, Debbie Vines, Fiona Chantrey, captain Trish Bell and Marise Richfield.