Mens 2 v Abbeydale 2 - (H) - 12/1/15

Men's 2 welcomed Abbeydale 2 for our first game of 2015 looking to improve on the 9-0 defeat when we visited the opponents in 2014. A team comprising Rich & Rob, Dave H & Mark D & Clive & Dave W took to the courts of Ecclesfield at the same time as our Men's 1 entered the Abbeydale 1 team.

Against a strong first pair Rich & Rob started well but lost the first end to 18 (the best score against this pair of the night) before the opponents found their feet and wrapped up the second end to 10. Dave H & Mark were next on against this pair and also came out on the wrong end of the score to 9 & 14. Not wanting to buck a trend Dave W & Clive also came out with a defeat to 8 & 14.

The second pair were proving a battling opponent after they beat Dave & Mark to 13 & 14 before taking on the other pairs. They beat both of our other pairs in three ends with Rich & Rob winning 21-19 before losing out to 10 & 15 whilst Dave & Clive lost to 14, bounced back to 15 & then lost out to 13.

The third pair were equally as tough with Rich & Rob losing out to 18 & 14. Mark & Dave lost out to 9 & 14 (completing a set of second end scores of 14) but in a bit of honour saving (avoiding a 18-0 season score) Dave & Clive managed to bounce back from 18-21 with a 21-15 win. In the deciding end our boys turned around at 11-3 down but managed to turn the rubber around to win out 23-21.

So overall a 8-1 defeat against probably one of the teams looking at gaining promotion this season. More important games to follow later in the year will decide where we finish in the table. Pair of the match goes to Dave W & Clive as the only pair to win a rubber on the night.