Penmaen A put B team in their place

Boston & District Table Tennis League

Yates & Greenhough Division One

l ALTHOUGH Stickney were strengthened by the appearance of Andrew Benjamin for the first time this season following his move to university, they were unable to put out a full team for their rearranged match against Graves Park A, thus conceding three vital games.

Andrew picked up two games, beating Phil Brooks and Nick Langley, both being tightly contested, but could not master Rob Smith, Rob emerging victorious in five sets. Vince Lozynsky fought hard – being 2-0 ends up against Nick – but was unable to get a victory.

However, he teamed up with Andrew in the doubles, and they beat Rob and Phil in four sets to make it 7-3 to the Park.

l Needing to pick up points to move away from the relegation positions, Penmaen B could well have done without the whitewash they received from stablemates Penmaen A.

Brian Hill was on top form, never troubled by the varying styles of the B team players; Peter Munch, however, must have been very relieved to beat Neil Snaith, who had come back from 2-0 sets down to level their game at 2-2, only to run out of steam in the final end. Andy Birks lost sets at deuce to both Alan Ashberry and Peter Munch, but Scott Sykes was somewhat out of sorts, losing all three in straight sets.

When Brian and Alan stepped up for the doubles against Scott and Andy, they must have expected a relatively easy game from the demoralised B team pairing – but nothing could have been further from the truth.

After an 11-1 thrashing in set one, the B team set about their illustrious counterparts, winning the next two ends before Alan and Brian pulled things round.

l Results: Graves Park A 7, Stickney 3; Penmaen B 0, Penmaen A 10