Wetherby U16 were in action at leaders Rawdon yesterday looking for their first win of the season. Captain Bradley Triffitt made a welcome return whilst Henry Brown, Gabriel Mead and Sam Spencer made up a strong looking quartet. A good sized crowd were in attendance and on court one Triffitt took on hosts top seed Srosh Akbari. The Rawdon youngster is a tall and very athletic player and with big serving and hard hitting Bradley knew he would face a tough challenge. Triffitt proved the more consistent however and with some tremendous backs to the wall defending took the opener 2-4. Srosh upped his game in the second and with some tremendous aggression powered into a 3-1 lead. However both players were producing some above average tennis for this level and with many great rallies the watching crowd were readily entertained. Triffitt produced a stirring comeback to run out a 2-4, 3-5 and secure a valuable point for Wetherby.
Henry Brown is a consistent player and with good court coverage is a useful player. However he met his match here with Rawdon seed 2 George Potts a very impressive left hander. Serving well and hitting hard from deep, Potts found some terrific angles and despite a valiant effort from Henry he couldn’t prevent a 4-0,4-1 loss.
On court 3 there was a fascinating doubles contest taking place. Archie Harris and Daniel Littlejohns for Rawdon entertained Gabriel Mead and Samuel Spencer. There was in truth very little between the pairs and with both teams battling away a long match ensued. Finally with great spirit Wetherby took the honours 3-5,4-5 and gave themselves a 1-2 advantage.
Bradley and Henry knew only their best could produce an upset over Srosh and George but once again this proved a really top class rubber. Some great rallies but Rawdon did indeed have that extra power and the Wetherby boys couldn’t quite prevent a narrow 4-2,4-2 loss.
Sam Spencer is one of the fittest juniors at Wetherby and always fancies himself in the singles. He put his consistency to great use against Daniel Littlejohns. He was happy to play out long rallies and proved too strong as he secured a great point for the visitors with a 2-4,0-4 success.
All eyes were now on the final match of the evening as Gabriel Mead took on Archie Harris. It was an impressive opener for Gabe with the left hander dominating to win 1-4. However Archie wasn’t throwing in the towel and fought back strongly to level at 4-2. This meant a third set tie break to 10 would settle the match. Nothing between the players and in driving rain both did ever so well with the courts so slippy. Gabe led 8-6 but showing great courage Archie took the last four points for a 1-4,4-2,10-8 success which left the match all square at 3-3.
On the balance of play no one could argue a draw wasnt a fair reflection and both teams were happy to take 2 points each for their considerable efforts.
Well done chaps on a valuable draw and great entertainment for those in attendance.