After a few tough weeks when they struggled to put a competitive team on the park, the ladies first team bounced back with a welcome win at Wiggington last time to put themselves back in the promotion picture. Today they travelled to the leaders Fulford but were missing Yvonne Mannall and Charlotte Todd from that team and Angela Crossley was still absent after illness too.
However they recruited well and went full of confidence hoping to maintain the promotion push. The hosts have already been crowned champions and so Wetherby were also hoping they may ease off the gas a bit. However Fulford have not lost this term and looked determined to protect that proud record.
Sue Jacklin and Rachel Hill teamed up as the number one duo and made a bright start when defeating Fulford one pair Jo Middleton and Jill McCreeny 5-7. They followed up with another strong performance to win again beating second seeds Pauline Craddock and Kelly Spray but reserved their most impressive result for the final round when they destroyed Elizabeth Mallory and Pam Mason 0-12. A very useful 27 points was far better than Wetherby would have hoped and gave them a very sporting chance of causing a shock.
Helen Robinson and Jo Coverdale came in at number two but found the going tough as the home first and second pairs showed just why they are champions. However the Wetherby girls beat Mallory and Mason to put another 13 points on the visitors total.
Dawn Steel came in from the Harrogate Two mixed team to partner Lucy Wright but once again the power and quality of Fulford’s first two couples was there for all to witness. Thankfully the third pair couldn’t match those efforts and with Steel and Wright seizing their chance to keep the scoreboard ticking over, they won 3-9 and added 14 points on the afternoon.
This contest was always going to be close as the action unfolded and so it proved as when the final totals were in the sides could not be split and shared the honours after a 54-54 draw. Wetherby would probably have taken that before play and although both teams can look back on missed opportunities for victory a draw was a fair final score line.
The point lifts Wetherby back into second place on games difference over Rufforth who have also played a match more. The Rufforth result against bottom side Cliffe is still unknown at the time of going to press but even with an expected victory they can only finish on 19 points for the season. With such a strong points differential Wetherby remain firm favourites for the second promotion spot providing they win one of their remaining two games and don’t capitulate in the another. They play Boston Spa and Dunnington at Castlegarth to finish their campaign.
So this well earned point could well be one of the teams finest moments of the season come the final reckoning.
Good luck with the final two games and we hope to bring you news of promotion in the coming weeks.