The Wetheby first team in Harrogate Division 2 were in action tonight at Castlegarth as they hosted struggling Knaresborough. The hosts are looking towards promotion and in a tight and competitive section they find themselves in third, four points off leaders Starbeck. Wetherby fielded a strong team however and were in truth never in any danger all evening against their spirited opponents. Angela Wood made her first Harrogate start of the campaign and partnered James Landau at seed one. With James playing his best tennis of the term and Wood in classy form, they managed two 12-0 whitewash rubbers to accumulate an eye catching 32 on the night. Adam Turner has been a welcome addition to the ranks and he was at seed two with Yvonne Mannall. This pair are hard hitting and take no prisoners and were delighted to win their three rubbers collecting a useful 24 points on the way. Captain Helen Robinson was with her trusted partner Marc, the magic man, Bickers and there wont be many stronger third pairs than this duo in the division. Another excellent performance saw them take all three rubbers and 23 points towards the wetherby total which finished 79-29 at the conclusion. Wetherby therefore retain third position but only two points behind Starbeck now and just a single point behind Bedale, albeit both rivals have played a game less. The team will therefore have to keep winning to move into the top two places and we wish them well.
In Division 5 Wetherby A were looking for a ninth straight win as they travelled to Harrogate Racquets. The hosts are struggling at the wrong end but are hopeful of avoiding the drop. They fielded a decent team and the visitors knew they faced a strong challenge. Thankfully the sections top couple Richard Franks and Fiona Chantrey were at seed one and they produced another impressive evening of tennis as they managed to rattle up 28 hard earned points with some eye catching stuff. With numbers low, Jill Abel kindly stepped in to partner Kevin Duckenfield and this experienced duo gave the side a strong seed two . Both produced clever tennis and a great 23 points to keep the visitors ahead. Mike Triffitt was at seed three where he was joined by Marise Richfield who made a welcome first start of the campaign for the side. Marise is a classy and very consistent sort and she and Triffitt certainly frustrated their opponents with long rallies and determined play. The pair improved after a slow start and were delighted to secure 25 points including a super 9 against the Racquets top pair. This gave Wetherby a 32-76 success which was far closer and harder than the score line suggests. With 18 points from 9 games they hold a 6 point lead over Thirsk whilst Northallerton in third are seven points adrift. The team need two more wins to guarantee promotion but are looking to take the title so will continue to fight in every game of course!
Tony Cutlers B team in Division 6 had a bye week and although losing at leaders Harlow last time out are still in second place hoping for promotion. They travel to fourth placed West Tanfield next Thursday with a slender 2 point advantage over their hosts and will be looking to get back to winning ways. Third placed Thirsk are level on points having played a game more and this really is a very tight promotion race indeed.