Star man Brent Horner returned to inspire Tadcaster to a surprise 37-35 win over Starbeck in last night’s Winter League clash at Castlegarth. In fairness it was an excellent team performance from Taddy and the tie proved one of the closest and entertaining of the Winter League campaign.
Thankfully, with the weather holding after a few recent cancellations, it meant we were able to witness an enjoyable evenings tennis with all participants playing their role ensuring a worthy and tight affair.
Our very own Doug Harrison was also in the line up for Tadcaster after spending time at their club in a long and illustrious career that has seen him member many clubs in the Yorkshire region and shows no sign of abating with Harrison still producing the goods both on and off the court!!!
Starbeck were missing key personal but still selected a strong team led by captain Di Lang. She was accompanied by the classy left hander Chris White, who always ensures opponents are given the run around with his all action style and lung busting tennis. However in Horner Tadcaster had the strongest player on show and this was clearly demonstrated as along with powerful captain Sandra Levitt, they produced some wonderful tennis to run out 9-3 winners in the opening rubber.
Harrison teamed up with the elegant Amanda Hollinghurst and this pair used their experience and guile to force a very useful 6-6 draw with Starbeck duo Steve Hubbard and Louise Goddard in a keenly fought encounter.
The Starbeck ladies proved too strong and street wise in the ladies rubber with Lang showing her first team class to help ensure the Harrogate based outfit were 9-3 winners but Tadcaster chaps Horner and Harrison proved a nice mix of very differing styles to force a 6-6 draw to keep the overall match result on a knife edge.
Lang and White turned up the tempo and were able to give Hollinghurst and Harrison a 9-3 beating despite the Tadcaster pair using some lovely unorthodox play to fox their Starbeck counterparts. This meant the final rubber of the evening would decide the tie and Horner knew exactly what was needed to ensure victory. Using strength and power to boss the contest, he and Levitt were in unstoppable form as they dished out an impressive 10-2 defeat on Hubbard and Goddard which enabled Tadcaster to run out the narrowest of winners by 37 points to 35.
Well done to Tadcaster who now join Starbeck on four points for the season with both clubs having one more game to play.