Ladies First Team Almost There

The ladies first team are on the verge of promotion to Division One and knew victories from their final two games would guarantee that.

On Saturday afternoon they entertained Dunnington at Castlegarth. Wetherby were in second prior to the start behind champions Fulford. Dunnington had escaped relegation so for them this was a relative dead rubber but for the hosts the points on offer were vital.

Captain Yvonne Mannall was still away on holiday but they welcomed back Angela Wood, formerly Crossley, from long term injury. The team selected was strong with no reserves needed so Wetherby felt confident of securing victory.

Rachel Hill and Sue Jacklin paired up at number one and Hill continued her wonderful campaign with some more majestic tennis. The duo are a good combination with plenty of league experience behind them and they were in dominant form here. They managed to accumulate a very impressive 28 points including a 12-0 drubbing of the unfortunate Dunnington third pair Suzie Booth and Ann Davies.

Lucy Wright and Helen Robinson are also in good form and are a match for anyone on their day. Wright has been an excellent recruit to the first team this year and has made the step up in class feel effortless. They too managed a convincing win over the third pair 9-3 on their way to collecting a more than useful 23 points.

With Wetherby well on their way to victory Angela Wood and Jo Coverdale were able to relax especially with Wood still suffering the effects of her first game back in many weeks. They posted 13 points from their opening two rubbers but with victory secured and Wood struggling to compete, virtually conceded the last game although they managed a further 3 points to contribute 16 in total.

The 67-41 win has left Wetherby in a very strong position. They are two points clear of Rufforth but with a far superior games difference which should allow them the luxury of even losing their final game and still gaining promotion. However victory over mid table Boston Spa at home will mean the calculators will not be required and as games against our local rivals are always hard fought, Wetherby will be keen to avenge defeat at Boston when they travelled with a depleted squad.

Well done to all the ladies, not only on another victory but for a great season, and good luck with the final game when I fully expect the champagne corks to be popping.

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