Mens 1 v Westfield (H) - 16/12/13

Yet another match for men's 1 on a Monday night saw the main 5 players joined by club debutant George, stepping in as Men's 2 were also playing on the other side of the curtain.  Sam made the decision to change the the side around with Andy partnering Mark, Sam with Rich W and Dave W playing alongside George.

Playing as pair 1 Dave/George took on the top quality opposition pair including the club coach in their first game, battling hard but unfortunately going down to relatively comfortable defeats in both ends but not looking out of their depth.  Sam/Rich were fairing better against the older pairing for Westfield in taking their match to 14 & 11, showing their class as a pairing.  In the final first round match the experience of Mark/Andy took on the young tyros of pair 2 in a tight 3 ender which they narrowly lost to 18 in a decider (no rubber being any less tight).

For the second round of games Rich/Sam took the youngsters on at their own game and came out on top once again. Andy/Mark were taking on the strongest pair but couldn't take an end depsite playing well together.  Dave W/George were playing well against the older pairing and were ahead late in the first end before experience showed to lose to 18 & the second end was blown away to 9 as the opponents kept the shuttle alive waiting for the errors.

With the last round of games Dave W/George again started well against the young pair in being 13-6 up before a run of points and some costly errors saw them lose out to 16 & again be knocked over cheaply in the second end to 8.  Sam/Rich were playing the top pair and managed to split the opening 2 ends before being 17-11 up in the decider only to come up short at the end as the opponents upped their pace.  Mark/Andy were again going to a deciding end as they once again came up just short in losing out to the older pairing.

So a 7-2 defeat, same as the score at the reverse fixture, means a difficult season continues beyond christmas without a win under our belts.  Man of the match would have to go to George who valiantly stepped in and did an admirable job despite not gaining any rubbers to show for his efforts.  Once again kudos to Janice on the flapjack/chocolate cake combo which caused one opponent to request a repeat visit just for the cakes.

Dave W