Leek’s tennis team enjoyed a week of mixed results against strong opposition as the business end of the season began to take shape for each of the teams at the club.
The performance of the week was undoubtedly the Leek Ladies County Team, who produced a terrific display of tennis beating an experienced Walton ‘B’ side 4-0. The first pairing of Caroline Green and Janet Hardern never lost a game all day, winning 6-0 and 6-0 against Walton’s 2nd pairing. They then produced a repeat performance beating Waltons first pairing 6-0 and 6-0 in comprehensive fashion.
The Ladies 2nd pairing of Ann Gould and Alison Randall also produced an impressive performance winning 6-2 and 6-3 against the Walton first pairing. They then produced another straight sets victory in their second match, winning 6-1 and 6-3. The 4/0 win was a very good result for the Ladies County Team, who now sit a comfortable 4th in their division.
The Men’s A team three match unbeaten streak came to a resounding end at home to Westlands A. In a closely fought match, played on a glorious evening, Smith/Williamson fought back from a set and a break down to take their first match to a 3rd set tie break which they lost 10/8. They then lost another tight second match in straight sets, a score line that did not reflect the see-saw nature of the contest. The A Teams second pairing of Pointon/Sales battled hard, but also came away with no points.
The B team had more luck as despite a weakened side due to injuries they picked up two points away to Stone C. The pairings of Thompson/Cimino & Chandler/Freakley each picked up a point a piece against the same pair as the B’s kept their promotion hopes alive after a recent run of tough matches. The C team kept their promotion push on the move with a 4/0 win over Leek D.
On Friday evening whilst Andy Murray’s Wimbledon match gripped the nation, the club’s B team had their own crucial fixture in the Staffordshire county league. The contest which pitted them against second placed Eccelshall A who have 3 games in hand, was going to be critical to their title ambitions. The team of Bennett/Bennett & Thompson/Edwards got off to a good start as they took tight first sets and then went on to seal the first rubbers. Bennett/Bennett then seized the initiative winning their second match comprehensively in straight sets. However it appears hope of a 4/0 win were fading as swiftly as the light as Thompson/Edwards trailed a set and a break in their second match. However the pair dug deep to take the match to a a final set tiebreak which they won in comprehensive fashion. The win represented Luke Thompson’s 17th win this season in 18 matches in the county league and his 9th straight success.