Since a home win over Stillington back on June 14,the York 2 mixed team who play in Division 4 of the York and District league, have failed to win again. In that period they have lost four consecutive fixtures which has seen them slide perilously close to the relegation trapdoor.
Tonight they entertained table topping and already promoted David Lloyd who were still going full tilt to try and clinch the title.
Wetherby began the lovely summers evening, played in ideal conditions for tennis, sitting in sixth place in this eight team division and therefore just a place and a point above the final relegation position.
Captain Debbie Vines choose to rest herself and instead watched the action unfold from an adjoining court as she played a game of ladies social doubles with fellow members!
The team looked strong though with Rachel Butterworth, fresh from a tennis free weekend, partnering Mike Connolly. This duo have been the mainstay of the squad for a while now and were certainly no strangers to each other’s style of play. They knew facing the leaders would be tough but with Connolly his usual all action self and Butterworth happy to play the cool and calm accomplice, they managed a fine 6-6 draw with Matt Kneafsey and Louise Dwyer before just falling 5-7 to Richard Tasker and Sharon Davidson. However they turned up the ante to thrash Allister Heath and Rachael Woolley 9-3 to pick up an excellent haul of 20 crucial points.
Mike Abel who had played alongside Mike Connolly in the successful men’s second team victory on Sunday was determined to carry on that form here and partnered Trish Bell, who herself had secured maximum points Sunday afternoon when playing for the Harrogate mixed third team. This in form duo were on a high and it showed on court as they played with real confidence despite the quality opposition they faced. They too managed a win, draw and a loss and recorded 20 points with identical scores as Connolly and Butterworth, albeit against different opposition. They were particularly impressive against Tasker and Davidson who they surprisingly beat with relative ease 9-3.
So these results were perhaps far better than Wetherby could have dared to dream about before start of play and ensured the match was still firmly in the balance. With 55 points needed for victory Ollie Boyes Park and Jill Abel knew they must secure another 15 to win and did not let their side down. Despite a 2-10 defeat against Tasker and Davidson they managed a draw with Kneafsey and Dwyer and a massive 7-5 victory over Heath and Woolley.
So as the game concluded Wetherby had indeed managed to shock the leaders running out winners 55 games to 53 in a almighty close affair. This vital win lifts Wetherby into mid table pending other midweek scores but at least gives the team breathing space ahead of another crucial game at Stillington next Tuesday. Even defeat there would still leave them with two remaining games both at Castlegarth and the final game with Poppleton is the last scheduled fixture of the season so they will know what if anything is required.
A great win tonight to halt that bad run and genuine hopes of avoiding the drop once more. Well done to all concerned and good luck with the relegation 4 pointer at Stillington next week.