Wetherby B Win Opening Road Game At Harrogate Spa

Wetherby B were in action this evening away at Harrogate Spa A looking to make it two wins from their opening three games played. A pleasant dry evening with no wind made for good tennis conditions.

The visitors had usual top seeds Bradley Triffitt and Anne Lillywhite on duty whilst captain Tony Cutler made a return alongside Katie Barrett and there were seasonal debuts for Lindsay Edgar and Judith Crossley.

Spa captain Mark Upton paired up with Ruth Whaling and this duo had scored an impressive 30 points during an opening day win over West Tanfield. Their battle with Triffitt and Lillywhite would prove one of the highlights of the evening with some very impressive tennis on show. As expected there was little between the quartet and this was a very close affair throughout. Upton is a good all rounder and was able to dispatch a number of impressive winners with an array of fine shots. Whaling is one of the hardest hitting ladies in Division Six and was absolutely creaming her returns back and the Wetherby pair had to fight hard to stay in the contest. Bradley was reliant on an ever improving forehand which offers such a threat and was hitting very hard and with great accuracy. Anne is another big hitter and her left handed forehand returns were sizzling over the net providing many winners. Many long rallies ensued and it was great entertainment for the watching crowd. Finally a 6-6 draw was very fair with neither pair deserving to lose.

Over on court two Tony Cutler and Katie Barrett made a welcome return after missing last weeks loss against West Tanfield. This duo also play well together and have a great understanding on court. Tony was his all action self and with great consistency was certainly keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Katie was superb at the net dispatching some killer smashes and the pair were enjoying themselves. Jamie Sigsworth is a strong man for the hosts and certainly impressed with his ferocious hitting whilst Margaret Jackson is very consistent and was able to keep many rallies alive with some nifty work around the court. It always promised to be tight and Wetherby were delighted to emerge narrow victors 5-7. Judith Crossley and Lindsay Edgar had looked useful in pre season but this was their first opportunity to make their debuts. Crossley is great to have around at the net as she often dominates that area and this evening was no exception. Lindsay was serving well and left no part of the court uncovered as he chased down many a seemingly lost cause in a terrific all action display. Chairman Steve Reffitt was arguably the strongest server on show this evening and he was really booming down some beauties whilst Sarah Bates is super fit and proved electric around the court. However it was the visitors who would have the greater consistency and prevailed 4-8 to give themselves a slender 15-21 opening round advantage.

Jamie and Margaret moved over to the show court where Bradley and Anne were itching to keep the Wetherby momentum building. The Wetherby pair are also developing a good partnership this season and with both aggressive hitters are very difficult to contain at this level. Anne was finding more lovely angles whilst Bradley was happy to hit deep and often come in so make some cracking smashes at the net and the pair were quickly on top. Jamie was often involved in some titanic battles with Brad and certainly held his own whilst Margert was not giving up without a fight either. Eventually consistency did win the day for the Wetherby pair and showing great mental strength they prevailed 2-10. Cutler and Barrett continued their good form from round one as they took on Reffitt and Bates. Steve was proving too hot to handle in his service games whilst Sarah was hitting some excellent winners too. It was a big ask for Tony and Katie to stay in the tie but once more Tony appeared to relish the carpet surface and he glided around impressivly making may eye catching winners. Katie looked calm and assured and the pair finally recorded another 5-7 success to keep the visitors ahead. Lindsay and Judith were enjoying their debut and quickly built up a good partnership. They knew only a maximum effort would contain the Spa top dogs and this was certainly proving a big ask. They fell behind earlier but were not throwing in the white towel. They fought for every point and were rewarded with a 7-5 loss which proved a fantastic effort.

Round three began with Wetherby extending their advantage to 29-43 and with a useful 14 point lead the visitors looked confident of completing the task. Bradley and Anne wasted little time keeping the scoreboard ticking over and they raced into a 0-4 lead. Steve Reffitt then played out one of the longest service games of the evening but after 10 deuces finally held serve to put the third seeds back in the rubber at 1-4. However this only fired up Triffitt and Lillywhite and playing with freedom and confidence they turned on the style to record a consecutive 2-10 success to almost put Wetherby in the winners enclosure after accumulating a lovely 26 points on the night.

Tony and Katie  maintained their unbeaten evening with a fantastic 6-6 draw against Mark and Ruth. Another great rubber with lovely tennis and once more a draw a fair reflection of events. They finished with 20 and looked delighted. Lindsay and Judith rounded off a debut full of promise with another hard fought tie as they drew 6-6 with Jamie and Margaret. Both couples were determined to take the win but again a draw meant four happy faces and 19 was a super effort from the Wetherby third seeds.

Showing great team spirt Wetherby ran out 43-65 winners to move alongside Harlow B and West Tanfield at the summit. This section looks intriguing this season and with no team unbeaten expect many hard fought tussles along the way.

Spa were great hosts and a credit to their club and we thank them for that. Once again Bradley was top scorer when it came to the cake eating and really enjoyed those on offer!

Wetherby make the long trip north to Bedale next Tuesday looking to maintain their good start before hosting Thirsk a week on Sunday.

Well done to both teams for great entertainment and good luck for the rest of your campaigns.

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Well played Katie Barrett, Lindsay Edgar, Bradley Triffitt, Tony Cutler, Anne Lillywhite and Judith Crossley whilst great support from Archie and Ellie on the sidelines as they cheered their heroes on to victory!

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From left to right captain Mark Upton, Jamie Sigsworth, chairman Steve Reffitt, Margaret Jackson and Ruth Whaling provided tough opposition.

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A train passes as Katie Barrett unleashes another big serve on court two whilst Bradley Triffitt tries to impress Anne with a drop shot backhand!

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Mens Leeds League First Team Hit The Top

The Leeds League men’s First team were in action this afternoon looking to follow up an opening day win at St Chads. There was one change to the quartet on show that evening with Barry Johnson replacing Steve Plant. The visitors had been beaten 7-1 at home against title favourites Wakefield and they too made the one change with captain Jeremy Harrison missing so Jonathan Vos replaced him.

With an unsettled forecast it was nice to see sun and dry weather which thankfully continued throughout with cloud helping the playing conditions. Richard Franks and Barry Johnson are having great seasons for the A mixed team this term and teamed up at seed one as they faced the Spaniard Eduardo Fernandez and Ian Wilkinson. Eduardo has a lovely left handed forehand and was playing well whilst Ian was powering some ferocious serves down and causing mayhem.  Richard continues to be one of the clubs current best improvers and a real asset to the league teams. He is also one of the fittest players at the club and used this strength alongside his great consistency to punish the visitors. Johnson has a tremendous backhand and loves dominating the net. He was able to make a number of eye catching volleys on the back of Franks hard hitting from deep. There was plenty of long rallies and exciting winners before the hosts took the opening set 6-3. The visitors, who had battled so well in the opener, struggled to recapture that form in the second and with Richard and Barry upping the tempo Wetherby were keeping the scorecard ticking over nicely. Looking confident they were convincing 6-0 winners and recorded a 2-0 success.

Over on court five, father and son, Mike and Bradley Triffitt were making their men’s debut together. Both are having good success in their respective mixed teams and the duo looked happy. However Jonathan Voss and Nigel Kirkbright would soon have the Wetherby pair on the backfoot after Bradley was broken in the opener and then Voss quickly aced Mike twice in a very impressive show of serving. 0-2 down the Triffitts began their fightback after initially looking a little overawed and giving their opponents too much respect. U16 captain Brad was beginning to find his rhythm and hitting well from deep.  He was able to hit down the line and cross court with equal accuracy and with dad Mike offering great support with plenty of returns in another consistent performance they started to put points on the board. Showing great understanding they reeled off six games on the bounce and finally able to master the Voss serve, were delighted to celebrate a great opening set success 6-2. Nigel is a crafty veteran and was able to mix things nicely with plenty of variation to keep the hosts on their toes. However the Triffitts also showed great diversity and content to keep their error count low, started well in the second set. Growing in confidence Bradley was really hitting some beautiful winners and the finishing line was starting to edge closer. Voss wasn’t able to produce his opening fast serves as regularly and finally a 6-1 win for Wetherby and a 2-0 victory meant the hosts incredibly led 4-0 at the break.

Franks and Johnson popped over to court four to take on the Ilkley top pair and what an exciting and hard fought affair this turned out to be. There was little between the pairs and with so many different styles on show it certainly was intriguing to watch. The teams traded blows punch for punch with many superb winners executed the set went to an inevitable tie break. It was the visitors who held firm with Voss in exceptional form helping his side to a narrow 6-7 win. Richard and Barry were certainly in no mood to surrender however and showing great mental strength prepared for yet another tough examination.

Over on court five Brad and Mike had moved over looking for the one set required for victory. They knew a repeat performance from the first round would in all likelihood prove enough but Eduardo and Ian looked lively as the set began. With good court coverage the Triffitts knew they needed to keep the tempo intense and thankfully for Wetherby they were not left wanting. Bradley had struggled with his serving but was much more efficient here and with more clinical returns was starting to boss things. He used clever return speed opting to hit hard, then softer and often even finished the point off with some delicate lobs that dad Mike would have been very proud of.  This set was played in great spirit with both pairs showing some lovely touches there really was plenty of good tennis on show. However the hosts had that extra touch of class to run out cosy 6-0 winners to seal the match.

Back over to court four and the tension was rising in the big second set between the two top seeds. Once again nothing between the pairs but with great fitness it was no surprise that Richard Franks was now able to guide Wetherby to a 6-4 success to level the match with a 1-1 draw a very fair reflection of events. Bradley and Mike found themselves 1-2 down in their second set but were able to refocus and take the next five games to record a 6-2 success and Wetherby were thoroughly delighted to run out 7-1 winners on the afternoon.

This was far closer than the score line would suggest and it was lucky for Wetherby that all their players produced their best form to repel a strong effort from Ilkley. Thanks to all on show and good luck to both teams for the rest of their campaigns. Wetherby go top after successive wins in Division five but face a tough match at Wakefield next Sunday which will certainly test their promotion credentials and see where they lie in the pecking order.

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Well played captain Mike Triffitt, Richard Franks, Barry Johnson and Bradley Triffitt this afternoon.

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From left to right Ian Wilkinson, Eduardo Fernandez, Jonathan Voss and Nigel Kirkbright proved tough opponents today.

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Wetherby Join Bedale At The Summitt

Wetherby mixed first team in Harrogate Division One were in action this evening and determined to follow up their opening day win over Almscliffe. The team were thwarted by the weather last week at Knaresborough but no such worries this evening on a pleasant dry night. Visitors West Tanfield had been beaten at Bedale, who are likely to be challenging for promotion alongside Wetherby, but did make a number of changes tonight. Kim Wood and Robert Hutchinson were the only survivors from that loss with Joan Curran, Emma Hague, Tim Simpson and Steve Jones called up from the first team who play in Division One.

Sue Perkins was a late withdrawal for the hosts so Rachel Hill stepped in and with other absence, Charlotte Todd and Josh Bayliss came in too.

Bayliss renewed acquaintance with Hill and this pair have enjoyed good success together previously. They opened up at seed one and faced Emma Hagues and Tim Simpson. This looked a tough challenge and a competitive rubber laid ahead. Bayliss was hitting well from deep as well as serving impressively and the left hander was enjoying himself. Hill was her usual all action self and no area was left uncovered as she flung herself around the court in determined fashion. Simpson is a big hitter too and there was some eye catching and well executed rallies with Hague also impressing. This always looked to be tight and finally the hosts were pleased to just prevail 7-5. On court two captain Helen Robinson was joined by Marc Bickers as they faced Joan Curran and Steve Jones. The Wetherby duo were certainly tested here in a titanic battle with the visiting pair making life extremely tough. Showing great consistency Steve and Joan were content to keep the rallies alive and Marc and Helen had to show great patience before finding a winner. This war of attrition saw both pairs certainly earn their corn but the hosts just carried the more firepower and finally ran out 8-4 winners.

Steve Plant teamed up with Charlotte Todd with the pair meeting just before the start and having to quickly formulate a game plan. They faced Kim Wood and the crafty veteran Robert Hutchinson. Plant was content to adopt a powerful game and he would ultimately carry too much weaponry for Hutch. The Tanfield man is a master of spin and he often caught the Wetherby duo off guard with some tremendous returns. Kim was battling hard and trying to keep the visitors in the tie but Charlotte was starting to find her rhythm and looking comfortable at the net Wetherby powered clear to record a useful 9-3 victory.

Wetherby therefore led 24-12 going into round two. Bickers and Robinson now faced the Wests top dogs and once again Emma and Tim showed why they are such a good combination with some lovely doubles play. This proved another exciting match up and the tennis balls were staring to look rather worn with the men absolutely belting the life out of them with many ferocious and vicious shots. Helen was proving useful around the net and crafterly produced some deft drop shots whilst Emma was looking rather classy with a good all round effort. Litte between the pairs before a narrow 7-5 success for Wetherby left them looking rather exhausted but very pleased. Plant and Todd couldn’t reproduce their opening form and with Steve having a rare off night serving it meant the hosts were struggling to contain Joan and Steve. The consistent play from the Wests second seeds would pay dividends and despite a good effort Steve and Charlotte couldn’t find a way to win and narrowly lost 5-7. Josh and Rachel were now starting to move through the gears as they faced Rob and Kim and the Wetherby first seeds were proving a real handful. Bayliss looked lively and full of energy and he produced some excellent deep winners. Rachel was content to pick off any loose balls that came her way and despite a spirited rearguard action Wests couldn’t prevent a 9-3 win for Wetherby.

At 45-27 Wetherby looked confident and it would take a big collapse to throw away victory now. Steve and Charlotte were once more very competitive as they faced Emma and Tim with Steve seemingly enjoying the hard hitting contest with Tim. It produced a good solid affair with nothing really between the couples. Todd was enjoying a rare appearance and growing in confidence she produced some lovely play. However on this occasion the hosts fell just short but a 5-7 loss meant a useful 19 points in the bag on the night. Josh and Rachel maintained a very high standard with some more fantastic tennis against Joan and Steve. The Wests duo were finding it hard to stay with the Wetherby top pair and couldn’t find any chink in their armor. Oozing in confidence Josh and Rachel completed an excellent evening with a 9-3 win to give themselves 25 points for their efforts overall. It was left to captain Robinson and partner Bickers to complete victory as they had too much class for Kim and Robert in the last. Bickers amazing court coverage proved decisive and he handled all that Hutch could through at him and with some hard hitting and lovely angels of his own was in good form. Helen was solid once more with her short game a joy to behold and a 8-4 victory gave them a super 23 overall.

A good contest with Wetherby needing to find extra reserves to finally see off their opponents 67-41 to join Bedale at the top of Division 2 with both clubs on four points. Thanks to Tanfield for a competitive match and good luck to both this season. Wetherby now travel north to Bedale next week with the winner taking sole ownership at the summit in a match that should prove very intriguing indeed.

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Wetherby A Maintain Top Spot

Another lovely evening with early sun as Wetherby A travelled to Northallerton tonight looking to maintain top spot in Division Five. Missing three key players in Richard Franks, Kevin Duckenfield and Fiona Chantrey the table toppers brought in Bradley Triffitt and Anne Lillywhite from Division Six with so many reserves unavailable.

The hosts picked from their usual squad although Tina Watson was making her first appearance of the campaign.

Located next to the cricket field with a lovely clubhouse which was celebrating its nine year anniversary this week , Northallerton have four courts but no floodlights so this contest would be a 12-12-8 format played over 96 games.

Captain Barry Johnson opened at seed one and was partnered by Anne Lillywhite who has been performing well for the B team in Division Six. They played the hosts top pair Tim Piper and Charlotte Wood. This was a good keen affair with little between the quartet. Johnson was using his impressive backhand to good effect as always and picking off well at the net. Lillywhite was covering everywhere with her all action style and hitting some impressive returns of her own with her renowned left hand. Piper is a good all rounder with a combination of court speed, efficient serving and strong returns and with Charlotte proving tough to pass this rubber was always going down to the wire. Finally Wetherby were narrow 5-7 winners. On court two Louise Beasley and Mike Triffitt teamed up and this pair are a nice consistent and reliable duo. Triffitt was never able to get his serve going but made up with some strong returns and more good court coverage whilst Louise is ever so strong at the net with her athletic style meaning she reaches so high to put away many smashes with great authority. Chris Mighall is a shrewd operator and picked on any loose balls in eye catching style to record many winning shots. Debbie Pearson was standing firm and returning well and this was proving a tough match for the Wetherby second seeds. They did however manage to kick on from 3-5 to take the final four games for a 3-9 success that was in all honesty a little harsh on their opponents.

Bradley Triffitt was excited to partner Christina Plant after the pair had done very well in the Winter League together. This duo certainly brought the average age of the visiting team down with the young and athletic duo itching for action. They took on Northallerton captain Richard Owens and Tina Watson. Richard is a very well organised and crafty veteran and his returns were well thought out and certainly made the Wetherby pair do plenty of running. Tina was playing with a beaming smile and returning well from deep and was certainly enjoying herself. However U16 captain Triffitt is another improver and after some eye catching tennis for Wetherby B in Division Six he was certainly not overawed up in class. Christina confirmed her position as one of the quickest lady servers in the section and Bradley was able to dominate the net on the back of some really big serves from Plant. They began to carefully keep the scoreboard ticking over and in an excellent rubber were delighted to run out 3-9 winners.

A strong start from the leaders saw them ahead by 14 leading 11-25 going into round two. Johnson and Lillywhite then took on Mighall and Pearson and what another intriguing battle this proved. Chris is another player with a strong backhand and was able to catch his opponents off guard on many an occasion. However Barry and Anne were gelling well and proving hard to beat they began to take control. Pearson was unable to stop Wetherby from gaining the advantage at the net and despite a spirited effort it was Wetherby who prevailed 4-8. Mike and Louise looked determined to build on their useful opener and looked confident in their clash with Richard and Tina. With Triffitt happy once more to keep the ball in play it was left to Louise to provide the firepower as she carried far too much weaponry for the home pair . Using power with craft she really kept the hosts guessing and was able to dispatch a number of eye catching and impressive winners. The visitors were keen to keep the scoreboard ticking over and a 1-11 win was hugely appreciated.

Bradley and Christina faced a tough test against Tim and Charlotte but the youngsters were turning up the heat and starting to boss this rubber. Plant continued to serve well and with Brad hitting some amazing forehand winners, both cross court and down the line, the duo were pretty much unplayable. Tim was giving everything and Charlotte battled hard too but they couldnt contain the rampant visitors who recorded a well deserved 2-10 success.

With the leaders almost home they began the reduced final round looking to add more points to improve their points difference on the season. Barry and Anne completed a good nights work as they defeated Richard and Tina 2-6. The hosts were certainly not throwing in the towel however and made the visiting pair fight hard. Barry and Anne were thankful to accumulate a useful 21 points for their hard work. Mike and Louise now faced their toughest test but found themselves 1-3 down and starring defeat in the face. They rallied well to do ahead 3-4 but credit the Northallerton top seeds who deservedly took a share of the spoils at 4-4. This left Mike and Louise with a good 24 however which they were pleased with.

Finally it was left to Bradley and Christina to finish the evening in style as they added another 8 points to record a tremendous 27 on the night. They were just electric as they produced another strong effort to keep a tiring Chris and Debbie at bay. It was harsh on Northallerton who tried to avoid the whitewash but the thoughts of the tea afterwards was a good consolation.

Wetherby therefore did continue their 100% start with a third successive victory which takes them two points clear of Thirsk in the early table. They return to Castlegarth to host Mashamshire next week before another home match with Ripon C the week after.

A big thanks to wonderful hosts Northallerton who were a pleasure to play and provided a feast afterwards which went down extremely well. The chocolate cake which Bradley demolished was testimony to that!!

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Well done Bradley and Mike Triffitt, along with captain Barry Johnson and thanks to Christina Plant, Louise Besaley and Anne Lillywhite for some cracking tennis tonight.

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Chris Mighall, captain Richard Owens, Charlotte Wood, Debbie Pearson, Tim Piper and Tina Watson were great fun and a credit to Northallerton this evening.

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Ladies First Team Win On The Road Again

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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Wetherby A MaintainWinning Start

Despite rain for the majority of the day the weather forecast offered hope this evening and with both teams keen to play they were rewarded with a dry night, at least until afterwards in Bar 3!. The courts looked in good condition as Wetherby A hosted Harrogate Racquets C with both clubs having won their opening games last week. Wetherby made one change with captain Barry Johnson replacing Mike Triffitt who was keenly watching from the sidelines, adding more notes ahead of this match report.

Richard Franks and Fiona Chantrey had been in sparkling form last week and they looked confident as they began on court one against Graham Wild and Verity Fox. Wild is used to playing higher, both in the mixed and the men’s, and his quality was there for all to see. Verity is a very determined player and was hitting some lovely returns and covering the court well. This was an excellent match to watch with some lovely rallies and many exquisite finishes from both pairs. Franks had played an important part for the men’s Leeds first team on Tuesday and is in excellent form at present. He has developed a great understanding with Chantrey and the pair calmly went about picking off their opponents. They really are one of the best combinations in the section and eventually ran out impressive 9-3 winners.

On court two Kevin Duckenfield and Christina Plant continued their blossoming partnership against another strong couple in Paul Stephenson and captain Jane Walker. This duo had bagged 23 from 3 victories last week against Ripon and have a good understanding on court. Paul is a big server and with Jane nimble round the court this would be a tough match for the hosts. Plant is one of the leading lady servers in Division 5 and was having plenty of success with her best weapon. Kevin is a veteran of many years and very wily and he showed a lovely slight of hand to craftily dispatch many winners. The hosts ran out 8-4 winners after a good contest.

Captain Johnson paired up with the elegant Louise Beasley at seed three and the pair opened up against debutant Aaron Cowlock and Ann Tunstall. Beasley was sporting an eye catching pair of camouflaged leggings and she often appeared from nowhere to deliver many an unstoppable winning shot. With Barry using his very strong backhand to good effect they had the visitors on the backfoot early and were able to press home their authority to record a 9-3 success.

With Wetherby forging ahead 26-10 they had already laid a strong platform as round two began. Franks and Chantrey moved down to court three and there was little respite for the Racquets third pair as the Wetherby top dogs showed no mercy in recording a 12-0 victory. Duckenfield and Plant were enjoying a titanic battle with Wild and Fox and there was some breathtaking tennis on show to excite the watching crowd.(Me and Steve Plant!). Little between the pairs and at 6-6 the honors were shared which kept both couples happy. Beasley and Johnson were also involved in a tight rubber against Stephenson and Walker with once more little between the sides. Johnson was using the space well to hit some devilishly hard returns whilst Louise was dominant at the net and finding some superb angles. The visitors gave everything but were narrowly beaten 7-5.

The final round commenced with the hosts ahead 51-21 and almost over the finishing line. Kevin and Christina wasted little time on court three as they had far too much power and pace for the beleaguered Aaron and Ann. It was rough on the Harrogate third pair who deserved more for their considerable effort but the Wetherby duo were in no mood to show any mercy with an emphatic 11-1 success.

Barry and Louise saved their best tennis of the evening for the finale where they enjoyed the show court action against Graham and Verity. The visitors were beginning to tire and despite been well in the contest at 3-3 they faded to a 9-3 loss after an impressive finish from the Wetherby couple who joined Kevin and Christina in accumulating 25 points on the evening.

Richard and Fiona concluded the evening and once again all credit to Paul and Jane who really gave the hosts first pair a tough match. This went down to the wire before Wetherby took a narrow 7-5 victory which gave Richard and Fiona  a lovely 28 for their evenings work.

So Wetherby maintained their 100% start to the campaign with a resounding 78-30 success and will hope to continue with a tough looking fixture at Northallerton next week. Thanks to Racquets who provided lovely opposition and played with a smile all evening, a real credit to their club. We look forward to the return fixture later in the season.

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Well played Christina, Barry, Fiona, Kevin, Richard and Louise who helped Wetherby to victory tonight.

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A gallant effort from Anne, Aaron, Verity, Paul, Jane and Graham who were sporting these lovely smiles all evening despite coming runners up.

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