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BSF TENNIS LEAGUE REPORT by Stephen Maslivec  (Menís League Match Secretary)

Markland Hill and Ellesmere off to a winning start in Division 1

After the opening matches in Division 1 of the Bolton Sports Federation Menís Tennis League, Markland Hill A and Ellesmere A have got off to a flying start as they top the division with four points each.

Markland Hill demolished Holcombe Brook A 9-0 in their opening match, followed by a 6-3 win at Leigh. But it was Ellesmere Aís recent 5-4 victory against last seasonís Champions, David Lloyd Chorley A, that deserves specific mention. The last time David Lloyd lost a league match was during the 2019 season, and so Ellesmereís win was particularly sweet. The pairings of Steve Bates and Roger Draper, and Chris Caine and Andrew Nixon each won two sets, with John Nuttall and Nick Hinnigan winning one set to seal the win. In their other match, Ellesmere comfortably overcame their counterparts, Ellesmere B with a 9-0 win.

In Division 2, three teams have won their two opening matches Ė Walmer A, Elton Vale A and Lostock A. But with some close run matches so far, the early indications are that this Division is going to be keenly contested, with no clear promotion contenders appearing at this stage.

In Division 3, Holcombe Brook B and Chorley B are the early leaders, each with four points from their opening two matches. Holcombe finished mid table last season, winning just five matches out of fourteen played, and so they will be hoping to build on this seasonís good start. For Chorley, they will be hoping to improve on their third place finish of last season. Their 7-2 win against Tyldesley A in their opening match and their recent 5-4 win at Hawkshaw B have given them an early boost.

In Division 4, David Lloyd Abitare C and Ellesmere C have each won their two opening matches and so they top the division. David Lloyd were relegated last season, but their early form this season would suggest that they will be in with a shout for a return to Division 3. In their most recent match, they defeated Barrow Bridge A (2-7) and in their opening match they beat Walmer B (5-4). Ellesmere have so far beaten Eagley B (4-5) and Monton (5-3).

In Division 5, Chorley C are the outright leaders, having won all three of their opening matches. Considering they were promoted from Division 6 last season, they have made an excellent start.  And as a warning to the other teams in the Division, they have already recorded two 8-1 wins, against Lostock C and against Hawkshaw C. In second, third and fourth places with four points each are Tyldesley B, Bradshaw B and Meadow Hill A. Unlike the other divisions which have eight teams, there are nine teams in Division 5, hence the need for more matches to be played.

Meanwhile, in Division 6, David Lloyd Abitare D and Bradshaw C have both won their two opening matches. David Lloyd have registered wins against Astley and Tyldesley B (3-6) and against Markland Hill D (8-1), while Bradshaw have defeated Astley and Tyldesley A (5-4) and Markland Hill C (3-6). Itís a particularly good start for Bradshaw as they were promoted from Division 7 last season.

And in Division 7, four teams have registered two wins each from the opening two matches, with the remaining four teams yet to register any points. Bellingham top the Division on sets difference from second placed Chorley D. Hawshaw D and Holcombe Brook are the other two teams who are currently in contention. Bellingham were relegated from Division 6 last season and they are already looking favourites to make a return at the end of this season. The Wigan based side have already notched up two 9-0 wins against Barrow Bridge B and against Astley and Tyldesley C.