The York 1 mixed team are looking for promotion this term after just falling short last season. They opened up with a good win over Bubwith last week and this evening made the journey to Poppleton who had finished four points behind Wetherby last year. Becky Jones and Charlotte Todd were absent so York 2 mixed captain Jill Abel stepped in.
David Woon had been in inspirational form during a man of the match performance in last week’s win and he was once again on fire this evening. With his partner from last week Jones missing, captain Angela Crossley selected herself to partner the youngster and the pair were to thoroughly enjoy their night. The visiting number one due opened up against the useful Hilary Spencer and John Anderson and this was a very competitive affair. Some big hitting from the men and some controlled tennis from the ladies ensured some quality entertainment but the extra class of Woon and Crossley saw them run out 4-8 winners.
Jeremy Reddish and Yvonne Mannall played seed two and started against Marion Goo and Tom Cantral. Once again a very high level of tennis was on show and this game was in the melting pot throughout before the hosts just edged home 7-5 after keeping their error count lower.
Jill Abel and Steve Jones made up the Wetherby team and they played Sue Wilson and Matt Everatt. The Wetherby third pair were enjoying themselves with some tremendous rallies on show but the Poppleton couple always just had the upper hand and were deserved 8-4 winners.
Round Two began with the match nicely poised with the hosts leading 19 points to 17.
Crossley and Woon were now starting to move through the gears and looking to keep the scoreboard ticking over against Goo and Cantral. Woon is a match for any of the chaps at this level and with Crossley providing able assistance they put Wetherby in a good position with a comfortable 2-10 success.
Reddish and Mannall were improving the points margin for Wetherby as they bounced back from a narrow reverse to win 8-4 against Wilson and Everatt. Abel and Jones knew they faced an uphill battle against the strong one seed but were delighted to bag three from a 9-3 loss as this meant Wetherby had moved ahead 38-34 with all to play for in the final round.
Abel and Jones left their best till last on this occasion and with the wonderful stroke play of Jones combined with the battling scrambling Abel they both dug deep to record an excellent 5-7 win over God and Cantral. Reddish and Mannall were also to produce their best performance in this round as they defied the odds to force a very useful 6-6 draw with Spencer and Anderson. With Woon and Crossley now in top gear and really dominating every aspect of the rubber against bewildered third pair Wilson and Everatt it was no surprise to see them come out convincing 11-1 winners.
A great team effort in the last had therefore ensured it was the visitors who recorded consecutive wins with a final scoreline of 62-46. That takes them top in the early season table and they will hope to keep the momentum going when they visit York 3 next Tuesday. Well done tonight and we look forward to reporting on the promotion charge as it gathers pace in the coming weeks.