Mens 1 v Broomgrove (A) - 1/11/13

Mens 1 stepped up for their first away game in division 1, and second game of the week, against a strong but familiar Broomgrove 1 side.  Our side was still not at full strength with Andy C still away in Spain and Rich W having whisked Karen off for a romantic birthday break.  Dave W was returning so the side saw him partnering Rob while Dave H was paired with Deepak, both making the step up from mens 2 in place of Steve & Ben.

The night got off to a slow start with only 2 opposition pairs being present so Dave & Rob took on the appointed 1st pair taking time to gel in losing 16 & 10 against a strong pairing, more used to playing together it seemed.  Unfortunately our boys' night didn't get much better as they went on to lose out in straight ends against the other pairs aswell, although always making double figures in some tight games it will serve as vital experience for these two going forward.

Dave H & Deepak were playing as pair 2 and using their experience from pairing up in combined last season to take an end off the second pair in a closely fought 3 ender.  Unfortunately this was as good as it got as they struggled to assert their game on the other 2 pairs on the night in going down in straight ends.

Playing as third pair was captain Sam, remembering which knee to brace this time, & Mark, a third partner in as many years for Sam.  They took on the late to arrive pair first (who turned out to be the strongest on the night).  Our boys had warmed up well and too a tight first end before the opponents showed their skill to dominate the remainder of the game.  Having lost out in 3 ends Mark & Sam then went on to get their full monies worth as they took both the other pairs to a decider before winning out in both.
Overall a 7-2 defeat but no need to get our heads down as some tight games could easily have gone our way on another night.  Well done to both Deepak & Rob for stepping up & roll on PMC 2.