The ladies first team had won one of their opening three games and hosted Wiggington at Castlegarth on Saturday. They were looking for a victory to start moving up the table and picked from strength. The visitors had won twice and this looked a well matched contest on paper. However Wetherby ultimately proved far too strong and even for the unfortunate injury resulting in the York side forfeiting one round 12-0 and losing another 9-3, this turned out to be a useful performance from the hosts. Sue Jacklin and Rachel Hill teamed up at seed one and with an 11-1 victory over the third pair managed to bag an eye catching 32 points . Captain Yvonne Mannall paired with Sue Perkins and some big hitting saw them provide another 24 points for the Wetherby total. Finally Charlotte Todd and Lucy Wright were also in great form and proving competitive throughout were able to nail a further 26 points which meant the hosts ran out comfortable 82-26 winners.
A fine team effort moves the side up to fourth ahead of next week’s tough visit to Dunnington.
The second team travelled to Fulford who had won all three fixtures whilst Wetherby had suffered just a single reverse. Captain Fiona Chantrey was absent but Wetherby were still able to field a strong looking team and arrived with high hopes.
Trish and Angie Bell teamed up at seed one and the duo were in sparkling form as they netted an impressive 25 points which helped lay the foundation of what tuned out to be a cracking away day. Jill and Emma Abel were at two making it two mother and daughter combinations for the visitors which must be a rare sight in league tennis. They fared even better and with some tremendous tennis scored an amazing 27 points which all but helped seal the win.
This gave third seeds Rachel Butterworth and Ginny Hinds the luxury of only needing to score three which they easily exceeded as they netted a further 11 points to see Wetherby run out 45-63 winners. That win takes Wetherby joint top, albeit with three other teams, and they face rivals Boston Spa at home next weekend.
The men were not as fortunate as missing captain Roger Fawcus and David Corbyn the first team faced a tough trip to highly fancied David Lloyd 2 this morning. With a number of faces who have played first Division standard this did indeed prove a fruitless journey as despite their best efforts the Wetherby men were defeated 66-42. The team entertain early leaders Dunnington at Scott Lane next Sunday in what is sure to be another tough encounter.
The men’s second team were playing their first match of the season as they entertained Rowntree Park from York. Missing three players, Greg Vince was called off the subs bench and he partnered Mike Park with the pair proving best for the hosts scoring a tidy 18 points. However the team were not able to combat a useful Park outfit and finally succumbed 44-64. The team travel to Knaresborough next weekend hoping to open their account.