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BSF TENNIS LEAGUE - by Stephen Maslivec (Mixed League Secretary) - 13th June 2018
HOLCOMBE BROOKE BACK IN CUSTOMARY POLE POSITION
Holcombe Brook A have moved to top spot in Division 1 of Bolton Sports Federations Mixed Tennis League, following their 60 – 38 defeat of Walmer A.
Despite some resistance from Walmer’s Jay Hardy and Adam Gooddy, who won their sets 6-4 and 6 – 3 in the men’s doubles, it was business as usual for Holcombe, as they took a total of eight sets to win the match comfortably against their Bury counterparts.
With five matches played, Holcombe would now appear to have found their rhythm and their winning ways following their early season defeat by Lostock A.
Until recently, David Lloyd Abitare A topped the division with three wins out of three, but the early leaders have lost their last two matches, the latest being against Hawkshaw A, 61 – 38. This defeat puts Abitare in second place with six points, with Markland Hill A moving into third following their 65 – 44 win at Lostock A.
The foot of the table match between Markland Hill B and Bradshaw A was a close affair. After the mixed sets there was just one point between the two teams but the match swung in Markland Hill’s favour when their gent’s pairings took all four sets to set up a healthy nine game lead. But, Bradshaw’s ladies pairings of Lauren Williams & Rebecca Baldwin, and Kath Hadjinicolaou & daughter Amy, rose to the challenge by taking all four sets and conceding just four games. The final score was Markland Hill B 47, Bradshaw A 56. The win moves Bradshaw off the bottom of the table and Markland Hill B remain bottom with no points.
In Division 2, run away leaders Chorley continued their impressive form with a 72 – 10 demolition of Bradshaw B. This is five wins out of five matches played for Chorley and, on current form, a return to the top flight is more than likely. The defeat for Bradshaw keeps them at the foot of the table with no points. Lostock B remains in second spot with six points despite their open date in week 5. Also on six points is David Lloyd Abitare B, despite their 41 – 60 point defeat against Hawkshaw B.
In Division 3, David Lloyd (Chorley) head the division with four wins out of four following their 56 – 37 defeat of second placed Holcombe Brook C. Both teams are on eight points although Holcombe have played one more match. Also in the division, there were wins for Barrow Bridge A and Markland Hill C. It is looking like this division will be closely contested as all teams have scored points and five of the seven teams have only played four matches.
In Division 4, Lostock C hold a one hundred percent record with five wins from five matches played. It is looking like Lostock are on their way back to Division 3, and with their 65 – 52 win against Meadow Hill, they are strong contenders to go through the league season undefeated. David Lloyd Abitare C are in second place following their 61 – 49 defeat at Walmer B and next week’s fixture against Lostock C will be significant for both teams. David Lloyd Abitare D and Markland Hill D are at the foot of the table with no points scored.
In Division 5, Holcombe Brook D are looking good as they hold a 100% record from their four matches played. Due to there being only six teams in the division, there are more open dates in the fixture calendar than is usual, and so, during week 5 only two matches were played. Barrow Bridge B had quite a tussle against Hawkshaw D. Bridge have yet to win a match this season and when after the mixed sets, Bridge took three sets and a narrow two-point lead, it looked as if their duck was going to be broken. And Bridge’s optimism continued after the ladies doubles when Julie Jackson & Philippa Perris, and Sue McDermott & Charlotte Booth held their collective nerve to take 17 games against Hawshaw’s 18. And so it all boiled down to the men’s doubles. Unfortunately for Bridge, Hawshaw’s pairings of John Lee & Adam Warburton, and Ross Manning & Andy Oliver, were just about good enough to take 21 games against Bridge’s 16 games to clinch the match 57-53. The win for Hawshaw moves them up to 3rd place on six points. In second place also with six points is Bradshaw C. In the other Division 5 match played, Lostock E beat Hawkshaw E, 68 – 28, which keeps Hawkshaw at the foot of the table with no points from four matches played.