Comb 2 v Abbeydale 2 (A) - 1/5/13

Combined 2 paid a visit to Abbeydale 2 for our final match of the season knowing, while we were already secured of our future in the 2nd division, our opponents needed to win to send Stocksbridge 2 down instead of them.

Pleased with ourselves after beating Abbeydale 2 6-3, although it looks like we've been possessed by aliens. 
In the 1st round of games (unusually for Abbeydale we had 3 courts) Cindy & Cat took a game to get going in only winning the 1st end to 18 before clamping down on the errors to take the 2nd more comfortably to 7.  Clive & Dave W were also taking a game to get going in losing the 1st to 19 before bouncing back to win to 13 in the 2nd.  The decider was nip and tuck with our guys turning 11-10 up before narrowly losing out to 18.  In the mixed Dave H & Lesley were taking their time to get warmed up in dispatching of their opponents to 18 & 20.  Overall a 2-1 lead after the first round of games.

In the 2nd round, still on 3 courts, it was the reverse pairings so Clive & Dave H took on their opponents with their first league victory as a pairing secured in straight ends with wins to 16 & 17.  Cindy & Lesley were fighting hard against the stronger Abbeydale ladies pairing in taking the game to a deciding end, narrowly losing out across 3 tight games.  In this rounds mixed Dave W & Cat, a new league pairing, were bedding in nicely as the mixture of power & precision was enough to outfox a tricky pair of opponents 14 & 21.

So we headed into the final round knowing we only needed 1 rubber to secure victory.  Clive & Cindy paired up to take on the 1st pair in what turned into a rollercoaster match with our guys winning the first 21-12 before the opposition bounced back to win 21-16 & the decider was locked at 16-16 before our guys got a little run of points at the critical time & won out 21-18.  Dave H & Lesley were playing the trickier pairing and couldn't get past them in the 1st end before grabbing the 2nd end, in the decider they unfortunately couldn't get going as the lost out to 13 with Lesley struggling having damaged her quad at the beginning of the night.  The other game saw Dave W & Cat taking on the 3rd pair & they looked comfortable in winning to 8 in the first end, this may have affected them mentally as the 2nd end was a different story as they couldn't pull away and it went all the way down to a 25-23 victory.

So a 6-3 win to finish the season, and send Abbeydale down, means in our first season in the division we have secured the mid-table finish we were looking for.  Well played to everyone who has helped out  throughout the season, we have officially finished top of all the 2nd teams of all the clubs (thanks Clive for the stat).  In a good win the player of the match goes to the only player to win all their matches so well played Cat.  Lets look forward to next seasons challenge.