The ladies first team made an early start and faced a long journey as they set off for Pocklington this morning for a 9-30am match in their first division clash. Wetherby had began the season last week with a comfortable 65-43 success at Starbeck and after rain had thwarted the ladies chances of any mixed match action in midweek, they looked keen to get back on court today. Wetherby fielded five of their six starters from last week with the only change been Sue Jacklin coming in for Angela Wood. Pocklington had been beaten at home by York 1 and made wholesale changes with only Frankie Marsh surviving. They were missing top pair Rebecca and Ruth Hill which gave the visitors more encouragement and a favourites chance today.
Another change was the weather with the midweek rain been replaced with glorious sunshine. Captain Rachel Hill began at seed one, joined by Jacklin and they took on hosts number one duo Sue Sumner and Ruth Wood. This produced a good well fought contest with both pairs playing some eye catching tennis. Hill is a competative character and was covering every inch of the court whilst the consistent Jacklin was using craft and guile to poach many winners at the net and some lovely left handed forehand returns were most appreciated. The hosts fought well but couldnt prevent a 4-8 Wetherby success. Sue Perkins and Helen Robinson are great friends off court and this bubbly duo are a good partnership on court too. They faced Mel Duncan and Frankie Marsh who are a tough pair and difficult to beat. This was another very intriguing rubber with little between the teams. A 6-6 tie was a good reflection of events and the visitors were happy . Yvonne Mannall and Lucy Wright completed a strong line up and they faced Louise Durkin and Lisa Eade. Both Wetherby ladies have excellent baseline qualities and with good court coverage and strong net play the duo looked confident. They were always in control and despite a good effort from Pocklington it was Wetherby who triumphed 4-8 to give themselves a 14-22 lead going into round two.
Hill and Jacklin then took on Duncan and Marsh and it was the hosts who were making the running here. They were playing well and the Wetherby ladies were having to work hard to say in the contest. Thankfully the experienced visiting duo were able to hold firm and with great energy ensured another close affair with a narrow 7-5 reverse not going to do much damage. Perkins and Robinson then faced Durkin and Eade and this was a rubber where the Wetherby girls really upped the tempo and made a significant move. Sue and Helen proved unstoppable and with Perkins hitting some ferocious winners from deep and Robinson making some magnificant slight of hands short play winners at the net, they were certainly proving as hot as the sun!. The beleaguered hosts had little answer and a 1-11 success suddenly had Wetherby well and truly in the driving seat. Yvonne and Lucy were also in no mood to let up and they were in cracking form against Sumner and Wood. They give the Pock top pair little respite and playing with so much energy refused to be beaten. They ran out impressive 4-8 winners and with Wetherby now leading 26-46 they could almost start to celebrate two more crucial league points.
Rachel and Sue faced the hosts third pair and were in no mood to take the foot off the pedal. Looking to wrap up victory they had too much power, pace and guile and playing some effortless tennis were really eye catching. They dished out a 2-10 defeat to finish their mornings work with a useful 23 points. Sue and Helen now faced a tough challenge against the home top pair and couldn’t quite find the form from earlier. Under more pressure they were never able to find their stride but were still more than competitive enough to stay in the tie. A 8-4 loss meant Wetherby had still passed the magic 55 needed for victory and they had contributed a much appreciated 21 points too. It was left to Yvonne and Lucy to add the icing and they will have been delighted to take out the Pocklington number two pair 4-8 after another really professional performance. With the hosts wilting in the heat Wetherby were certainly not and some breath taking tennis saw a worthy victory for the duo who added 24 in a really top class team effort today.
A final score line of 40-68 was confirmation of their supremacy and a tremendous win ensured maximum points and a great start to their campaign. The ladies are back at Castlegarth next Saturday when they host York 1 in what already looks a mouth watering early season clash The visitors next week have also began with two victories so something has to give!. The match is scheduled for a 2-30pm start for supporters wishing to attend.
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