The York One mixed team headed over to Bubwith on Thursday evening looking to maintain their lead at the top of Division Two. They currently sit a point ahead of Rufforth who had won at Sherburn earlier in the week. The side had an unusual look however with six of Angela Crossley’s eight strong squad unavailable. However the return of David Woon was a real bonus and fellow youngsters Ollie Boyes Park and Joe Cawcutt stepped in for their seasonal bows. With Charlotte Todd and Becky Jones non runners York 2 mixed captain Jill Abel made the step up.
Bubwith are sitting just below mid table but looked difficult opponents with leading pair Jill Rounce and Mark Harris once again on show. They opened up against Crossley and Woon but were certainly in for a shock!. Woon had been in irresistible form earlier in the season and was chomping at the bit after missing games recently. He and captain Crossley have a great understanding on court and they were quickly into stride here. Woon dominated with a strong serve and great court presence and with Crossley picking off readily at the net the duo remained in control throughout. It really was a professional performance which left their bewildered and exasperated opponents well beaten as they dished out a comprehensive 1-11 defeat. Yvonne Mannall teamed up with Boyes Park and they took on the regular hosts number two seeds Liz Bramley and Doug Smith. This proved a good contest with both pairs displaying some lovely tennis and the tie was competitive. However the Wetherby duo carried too much firepower and gradually wore down their opponents to record a very useful 4-8 victory. Jill Abel and Joe Cawcutt completed the line up but they would find things tough against Anna Araksihey and Jon Longthorpe. The Bubwith couple proved a more than useful duo and their strong play and consistency didn’t allow the Wetherby third pair to ever really get into this tie. A 10-2 final score line assisted the hosts in closing the gap which stood at 15-21 after the round closed.
Crossley and Woon soon began to increase that lead however as they continued in the same rich form from round one against Bramley and Smith. The Bubwith pair will not have played a better opponent this campaign and were always on the back foot here. Sticking to a simple but ultra efficient game plan, Crossley and Wood rattled off a number of impressive winners and by the close had secured a comfortable 2-10 success. Mannall and Boyes park then took on the Bubwith third pair and this proved one of the most keenly fought of the evening. Fresh from a first round success the hosts started brightly but the Wetherby duo were more than a match and punished any errors . As the line approached there was little to separate the sides but the visitors just edged ahead to secure a vital 5-7 win. Abel and Cawcutt then took on Rounce and Harris who were determined to show their true colours in this round. The Wetherby couple were conscious not to let the scoreboard run away and were delighted to bag a useful three points against an impressive home pair.
So as the final round got underway Wetherby had stretched their lead to 31-41 and a 10 point lead was looking too large for Bubwith to peg back. Liz Bramley and Doug Smith showed their best form of the night as their greater consistency took them to a 9-3 win over a battling Abel and Cawcutt but again the visitors third pair had put vital points on the board which helped the team total. Mannall and Boyes Park were certainly enjoying their evening together but they faced their biggest challenge when taking on Rounce and Harris. They played some more attacking and exciting tennis but just found the extra pace and power of the home pair a little too hot to handle and despite a big effort succumbed 8-4. However Wetherby were not to be beaten and with Crossley and Woon completely in control against the Bubwith third pair they maintained a very impressive consistency level to dish out a 0-12 whitewash and secure an incredible 33 points for their efforts on the night.
A final score line of 48-60 ensured Wetherby increased their lead at the summit to three points and keeps them firmly in the promotion race and in all honesty, looking very much the team to beat in the section. A good strength in depth will be the key and with so many absentees tonight this proved a very satisfying result.
Well done to all for keeping the good run going and Wetherby are quickly back in action next Tuesday when high flying Poppleton are the visitors to Scott Lane.