The Ladies Second team entertained Wistow in their final home game of the campaign knowing victory would ensure another season in Division Two next term. It’s been a tough year for new captain Fiona Chantrey and her team but at least they had destiny in their own hands!. Even better news was they were facing a Wistow side already relegated and with only one win to their name all season.
The afternoon was unsettled with rain forecast but as the teams arrived the sun was shining. Things improved again for the hosts as with the visitors only fielding two pairs, victory was almost assured before a ball was hit in anger with 36 points conceded already!
Jill Abel teamed up with daughter Emma at seed one and they took on Rachel Glueeing and Sarah Mueasons . This Wistow pair are useful and have enjoyed a good season together despite team results been poor. They ensured the Abel’s would have to dig deep which luckily for Wetherby they did. The pair showed good team work to keep the visiting pair moving and with strong returns from both and confident net play they took the rubber 8-4. Captain Chantrey was joined by Angie Bell and they formed a lethal looking pair at seed two. Chantrey was returning everything and with a deft touch, meant that her shots was proving extremely difficult to manage. Bell is one of the hardest baseline hitters at this level and her ferocious power was proving too hot for Ali Wortley and Lisa Hunter to contain. The Wetherby girls were clearly enjoying themselves and ran out cosy 9-3 winners.
Louise Williams and Ginny Hinds were pair three and after sitting out the opening round they were keen to enter the fray. They took on Wortley and Hunter and this proved a fascinating clash. The Wistow pair improved on their first round performance to put pressure on the Wetherby duo and ensured this rubber would be close. Williams and Hinds were both returning well from deep but the Wistow duo were starting to dominate the net and control the front of the court. No quarter given by either pair but the visitors just edged home 5-7 after a good battle. Chantrey and Bell however were still playing very aggressive tennis and although they faced a tough clash with the Wistow top dogs they enjoyed the challenge. There really was some excellent tennis on show but Bell was again far too powerful and assisted with some excellent court coverage from Chantrey the duo ran out 8-4 winners.
Wetherby were well on their way to officially taking the match but with the weather now taking a turn for the worse the final round was reduced. The Abel’s retuned to run out comfortable 4-0 winners over Wortley and Hunter which gave them 24 points on the afternoon. Williams and Hinds found the Wistow number one pair a little too canny for them and despite a spirited effort fell 0-4 but still added 17 into the Wetherby pot. Chantrey and Bell sat out the final round but 29 points accumulated left them extremely happy.
A final winning score line of 70-22 meant the celebrations could begin and well done all the team for a professional performance today. The squad is strong and with a little more luck and less availability issues they can look forward to challenging at the right end of the table next year.
Today winning team from left to right were – Angie Bell, Louise Williams, Fiona Chantrey, Ginny Hinds, Jill Abel and Emma Abel with Trish Bell in charge of the wine!