The men’s first team opened their campaign this morning when they faced old rivals Sherburn at Castlegarth. The pair had both been promoted last term and now would face each other in Division 2. Conditions were dry with occasional sunshine as captain Roger Fawcus led his troops into battle. Wetherby fielded a strong line up and were confident of an opening day win.
Tom Warburton and David Corbin began together at seed one and they took on Imran Jehangiri and Stephen Duree. Warburton has looked impressive on the practise courts recently and was soon displaying a full range of his excellent repertoire especially his Roger Federer like backhand.Corbyn too was in good form and proving an awkward opponent and the home duo were enjoying themselves. However the Sherburn top guns are difficult opposition and were certainly well in the contest. An 8-4 victory for Wetherby was therefore a promising start. Fawcus teamed up with Jeremy Reddish and they faced Tristan Gretton and Kevin Holdstock. This looked a well matched rubber on paper and was tight throughout an enthralling event. Some big hitting on both sides of the net with honours shared at 6-6 after a titanic battle. Wily veterans Nigel Williams and Mike Butterworth brought a wealth of experience as they resumed their tried and tested partnership at seed three. The duo have a great understanding and faced Plamen Yordanov and Richard McIntosh . Another well matched contest saw some tremendous tennis with Nigel serving well and returning strongly from deep whilst Mike was happy to patrol the net and produce some deft winners. The teams couldn’t be separated and both settled for a share of the spoils following a 6-6 tie.
Round two commenced with the hosts leading 20-16 so certainly all to play for. Fawcus and Reddish then took on the Sherburn top seeds but found the going tough and were struggling to contain the rampant visitors. Showing some very impressive weaponry they controlled the rubber and ran out cosy 2-10 winners. Williams and Butterworth were fighting hard as always against Gretton and Holdstock who recovered well from their opening loss to force a 6-6 tie. This left Warburton and Corbyn to help reduce the arrears as they managed to run out 8-4 winners over Yordanov and McIntosh which left the scores tied on 36-36.
An exciting match would therefore go down to the wire as round three got underway.Fawcus and Reddish looked determined to bounce back and they were back to their strong form during a 7-5 victory over Yordanov and McIntosh. There was little room for error but they improved their court coverage to stretch their opponents to take a crucial two point advantage. Williams and Butterworth maintained their excellent consistency against Jehangiri and Duree when the Sherburn leading pair were favourites to win. The Wetherby men gave everything to ensure the scorers were level as they enjoyed a third consecutive 6-6 tie. This proved to be the turning point as Warburton and Corbyn were moving nicely through the gears against Gretton and Holdstock and really started to unleash some big winners. Both men were on fire and covering every inch of the court they were unplayable running out impressive 10-2 winners to help Wetherby to a final winning margin of 59-49 and a 9-3 success.
These were two good teams and it will be intriguing to see how both fare in the higher division as the action unfolds this season. Well done to all on show for some entertaining and eye catching tennis.
Wetherby are next in action a week on Sunday when they travel to David Lloyd 2 and we wish them well.