The U14 boys were back in action at Castlegarth following an excellent 3-3 draw at Whitkirk last weekend. They currently sit third in their group with the top two qualifying for the semi finals. Two victories from their final two fixtures may prove enough as Whitkirk and John Charles, who presently occupy the playoff places, still have to meet.
Today’s visitors were Horsforth who had lost both their opening games against the big two. A blow for the hosts was the unavailability of top seed Zak Watson which meant a first start of the season for U12 player George Brown.
Brother Henry Brown was at seed one for Wetherby and with the youngsters having Scott Lane to themselves tonight all four singles were played simultaneously. Brown is a powerful and imposing figure and he took on Horsforth number one Jack Dougill on Court One. A number of parents were enjoying the warm temperatures and soaking up the sun. They were treated to a really good contest with both players producing some quality fare. Brown was consistent throughout but Dougill was nimble and covered the court well. He had a lovely touch at the net to produce a number of winners. The first set went to tiebreak with Brown just prevailing 5-4. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the visiting player and he couldn’t control a rampant Brown in the second set where he was easily despatched 4-0 for a 2-0 win for the Wetherby man.
Bradley Triffitt was on Court Two playing at seed two looking to emulate the exploits of his old man the night before. He was playing Lewis Millar and this was to prove a very interesting event. Triffitt, like his father, adopted a simple but efficient game plan and he ensured that his opponent made the unforced errors. Coupled with some excellent baseline shots that pinned the Horsforth man deep in his own half, Triffitt was steady at the net and his controlled game saw him win the opener 4-2. Like Dougill on Court One,Millar fell away tamely in the second set and Triffitt dominated to run out an easy 4-0 winner for another 2-0 success.
Sam Spencer is small in stature but big in heart and he took on Felix Smyth. Spencer hits the ball deceptively hard for his small frame and his court coverage was excellent. He was in the ascendancy from start to finish and gave his bamboozled opponent little hope. Spencer ran out a 4-1,4-1 victory to yet again post another 2-0 success for Wetherby.
George Brown at only 10 years old was eagerly awaiting his debut and he took on Rory Brown. The Horsforth player was too streetwise in the opener and dished out a 4-0 defeat. However George remained calm and certainly not downhearted, he battled back well in the second to win 4-1. This set up a tense and hard fought third set tie break. Both players gave their all but in the end Rory just came out on top with a narrow 7-10 success.
However with just the doubles to follow Wetherby led 3-1 knowing just one more rubber was needed to clinch victory.
Henry Brown and Triffitt took on Dougill and Millar on the show court and once again the tennis was a very high standard that left the watching parents extremely impressed.Dougill was dominant but Millar certainly improved from his singles experience and was enjoying the support of his partner. However the Wetherby duo are establishing a useful partnership at this level and with Brown serving well and allowing Triffitt plenty of net opportunities that he stylishly took advantage of, they ran out cosy 4-2 winners in the opener.
Millar was producing some splendid winners but unfortunately was never able to remain consistent enough to trouble the Wetherby chaps. With Brown making some unbelievable recovery shots and Triffitt still dominant at the net they turned up the heat to take the second set 4-1 and a 2-0 win meant they had clinched the tie for Wetherby as well.
On Court Two George Brown and Spencer took on Smyth and Rory Brown and this was a real roller coaster contest. The Horsforth pair took the first 2-4 but Wetherby grabbed the second 4-0 and with confidence increasing took control in the championship tie break third set to run out impressive 10-3 winners for a 2-1 success.
A good evenings work from the hosts and a 5-1 victory reflected their ultimate dominance. Thanks to Horsforth for coming over and providing good opposition. The team are away at Grove Hill in Ilkley a week on Sunday looking to secure a victory that will hopefully confirm their semi final place.
Tonight’s winning quartet from left to right were – Henry Brown, George Brown, Sam Spencer and Bradley Triffitt