The Ladies first team were also in action this afternoon when they took on Dunnington who were going for a tenth consecutive win. Wetherby have done very well back in Division One this season and are handily placed in mid table with no relegation fears. Helen Robinson, Lucy Wright and Sue Jacklin were all absent today so Hettie Aiton was drafted in and teamed up with Angela Crossley at seed one.
Aiton and Crossley played Dunnington top seeds Emma Lolan and Alex Bolem and this duo were on top straight away. Looking extremely comfortable in each other’s company they played some wonderful tennis with unbelievable court coverage and speed the pair were dominant and gave the visitors not even a small sniff of victory. Eventually they ran out convincing 10-2 winners to give the hosts a fantastic start. Captain Yvonne Mannall playing at seed two with Sue Perkins was also in determined mood and this experienced pairing would carry too many big guns for Dunnington pair Sue Sumner and Kate Reader. The visitors put up some strong resistance but with Mannall hitting hard from deep and Perkins growing in confidence the Wetherby ladies gradually wore down their opponents running out impressive 9-3 winners. Rachel Hill and Charlotte Todd completed a very strong looking home team and they took on Nicola Lolen and Charlotte Motcheck. This proved to be the closest of the opening round games but again Wetherby were always in control. Both home ladies were comfortable and spraying the ball around court well had their opponents on the ropes. Hill was too strong at the net and with Todd cleverly exploiting space an 8-4 success meant a more than useful 27-9 lead had already been established.
The visitors had to start round two well but for Wetherby it was generally more of the same with Crossley and Aiton improving on their opening round by putting the York teams third pair to the sword 11-1. It was an almost repeat of the previous round but with the pair now even more clinical and enjoying their afternoon they left little chance for their well beaten opponents. Mannall and Perkins were also in no mood to show mercy and they too improved on an opening round with a really eye catching 10-2 success over the Dunnington first pair. A good understanding saw Wetherby well on top again and the pair really did turn on the class and style with some wonderful tennis. Hill and Todd were made to work hard against the second seeds and in truth Sumner and Reader played extremely well to record a 5-7 success for the battling visitors.
With the match almost in the bag with the margin now standing at 53-19 Hill and Todd saved their best performance for the final round. A tight struggle with Lolem and Bolem meant the rubber was on a tight rope but the greater consistency of the home pair meant they were able to hold their nerve and run out narrow 7-5 winners and contribute a useful 20 points into the kitty. Dunnington third pair Lolen and Motcheck were also battling away and made Mannall and Perkins pull out all the stops. A very close rubber was eventually halved following an entertaining 6-6 draw which still left the Wetherby second seeds extremely happy with a 25 point haul on the afternoon. Once again Crossley and Aiton were able to improve their score despite setting the bar high and completed a 12-0 whitewash of Sumner and Reader. With an uncanny ability to keep their error count exceedingly low the Wetherby top dogs were rampant and as the sun came out they turned on the gas to post another great total off 33.
An emphatic 78-30 success for Wetherby moves the team into third place and confirms they are one of the leading clubs on their day in this section. Well done on a great team effort today ladies.
A beaming Charlotte Todd and captain Yvonne Mannall celebrate a good day at the office this afternoon.
The Ladies second team were good winners under difficult conditions away at Wistow this afternoon which ensured they moved four points clear of the drop zone. Match report to follow Sunday.