Hunts County 4 vs Melbourn 2
Thurs 31st October
Melbourn lost 17-3
Halloween night gave the 2nds the spooks in a Hunts County nightmare. The ghoul… ah, who am I kidding, I’m not going to be able to sustain this, am I? Let’s tell it straight.
First on court were Rich March (4) against Andy Fuller and Roger Woodfield (5) vs Ian Gabriel. Marchy had only been called into the team on the morning of the match for what was his first team appearance in 18 months after a long convalescence from shoulder surgery. He didn’t look like he had ever been away as he raced into a 13-2 lead. Things got tighter from there on as Andy reduced his unforced error count and Rich got a little tight about closing out the first win back, but he ultimately got over the line 15-7, 15-12, 15-13.
Meanwhile Roger struggled from the start to impose his game on Ian, who was a very experienced player. The first two games were lost before Rober exerted some pressure and built some points. By then, it was too late and the third game was lost 11-15 and the match 0-3.
Next on was Mark Asker (3) against Rick Watson. Mark was finding it difficult to get into his game, being out of match fitness due to a stomach bug. He competed hard but lacked the energy to play his usual big-hitting game. He went down 0-3.
Things were much tighter between Matt Walker (2) and Matt van den Bos. Melbourn's Matt Competed well, and looked on track to win the first game but somehow lost it 14-16. The second game was also close but also went to the home player. With everything to play for, the third game was a real humdinger but, once again, the Melbourn player just missed out at 13-15 and lost the match 0-3.
That meant the win was decided in Hunts favour before Jan Brynjolffssen (1) took the court with Andy Budd. Game one started well for the visiting player, Jan managing to find decent lengths to force Andy back and then putting balls away. He even got to 12-9… but then Buddy started playing, holding his shots, waiting for Jan to commit and then going the other way. That won six straight rallies to turn the first around and from that point on this was another that slipped away pretty quickly, Jan going down 3-0.
All pretty comprehensive in fact. Not a thriller. Hey, I had to throw one more reference in!
Skipper Roger said of the evening “We knew this was going to be tough, they are the league leaders and haven’t lost a match yet. Matt had a good opportunity to win but, in the end, the only player to win was Rich who overcame some initial nerves and played particularly well”