B team March on as the A team Get off the Mark

Leek tennis club A team picked up their first win of the season in a positive week for the club, during which 8 matches were played in all by the clubs teams. The A team began the week with their first home fixture of the season to early pace setters Florence A, the team gave debuts to new club coach Shaun Murray and 16 year old junior star Harry Pointon.

Despite a tough battle in the fourth match with, Smith & Williamson losing 7/6 7/5, the A team failed to collect a point, going down 4-0. It was however better news on Friday night as the side kicked off their county league campaign with a 3/1 away win at Walton. First seeds Rich Smith and Dave Williamson won both of their matches, dropping only five games in the process. In the reverse rubbers Dave Bennett and Cai Markham were exceptionally unlucky to lose an epic match, which saw every set go to a tie break before winning their second match in straight sets.

The clubs B team continued their unbeaten start to the season with a comprehensive 4-0 away win to Eccleshall C, the team led by Ian Sales did not drop a set. With Juniors Harry Pointon and Ollie Kent wining their second match 6/0 6/0. They then continued their strong form with a 2-2 draw away to a strong Basford C side. Having picked up the first two rubbers, the pairings of Dave Bennett, Sam Bostock, Luke Thompson and Drew Bennett, were defeated in two tight 3rd set tiebreaks to ensure the points were shared.

The Clubs third division teams also posted strong results with the D team led by club veteran Colin Kinshott and junior Sam Chandler posting a superb 4-0 win at home to Florence D. The C team also continued their unbeaten start to the season running out comfortable 4-0 winners over Alsager C.

The ladies team had a mixed week of results. With them suffering a 4-0 loss away to a strong Draycott side with Janet Hardern and Caroline Green losing two tight matches 6-3 ,6-4 and 6-4 6-2.

However they continued their strong early form in the county league with a 3-1 away win at Eccleshall Ladies. The first pairing of Caroline Green and Janet Hardern comprehensively beat the home teams  second pairing 6-0 and 6-0 and then went on to beat the number one seeds 6-0 and 6-2. The Club’s second pairing of Anne Gould and debutant Penny Oakley fought hard against the first pairing but lost out by 7/5 6/1. In their second match they secured straight sets win resulting in a 3-1 win for the Leek Team.

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