Lancashire and Cheshire League First Weekend Report

Chester and Ellesmere Port  fielded three sides in this seasons Lancs/Cheshire competition and the first team was defending the Premier title won last year winning all seven fixtures against some very big and powerful leagues. The side was led by National Veterans ranked 4 Tomasz Rzeszotko and backed up by new signing Shaun Hall and Aaron Beech.  They first faced talented Jonathan Taylor and his Wirral team but triumphed 6-0 and later out pointed Oldham by a similar scoreline. In between they faced a powerful Southport trio including Gary Watson and Steve Green plus top junior Joe Mullen  although Aaron Beech lost a close game to Green the champions retained there unbeaten start with an emphatic 5-1 victory. They closed the first days play with a 5-1 win over the Chester and Ellesmere Port A team who gained promotion last season but only managed one victory on the day, 4-2 over Wirral. To retain the title the first team will need to defeat Bury, Preston and Warrington in their remaining matches later in the season.

 Joe Killoran led the A team and played well all day and was well backed up by team-mates Rob Wylie and Andy Eagles, but they will probably need another victory in the second series of matches in February to avoid relegation.

A third side was entered due to the interest from the players and featured in division 3. They finished with two wins and two defeats, overcoming Trafford A and Blackpool but going down heavily to league leaders Bolton A. The team included Ray Worthington from Pulford, Ladies champion Hannah Winfield and the Corus duo Liam Fletcher and Dave Terry.

Altogether a successful and enjoyable days table tennis with the game being played at a high standard and it would be a great achievement if the local league could once again lift this prestigious title.

Author: via Chester and Ellesmere Port Table Tennis League
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