Watts Cup 14-15 Rd 1

The Watts Cup, the knock-out competition of the Hastings & District Table Tennis League, got under way with few surprises, the draw for Round 1 having kept the main contenders apart.  Holders Saints A are looking for a hat-trick of wins and they came through 5-1 against First Division rivals Hollington B.  League champions Bexhill A came through by the same scoreline against Bexhill B, while Hollington A comfortably overcame 3rd Division Tigers C 5-0.

There were some competitive ties, with the match of the round probably going to Tackleway B  (10th in Div 1) versus Bexhill D (2nd in Div 2) with Tackleway edging it 5-4.  Hollington C were surprisingly taken to the same scoreline by Monarchs, while in a Tigers derby, the experience of Tigers D got the better of the Tigers E youngsters, also by 5-4.

In an all- 2nd Division tie NALGO A accounted for Tigers B 6-3.

The draw for Rd 2 (last 16) has again been kind to the big three, of whom Saints A are the only ones to face Division 1 opposition in their visit to Tackleway B.

Hollington A visit 3rd Division Hollington E while Bexhill A visit 2nd Division NALGO A.

The Minor Trophy, for teams from Division 2 & 3 who are eliminated in Rd 1 of the Watts Cup, has a First Round of 5 matches with 3 teams receiving byes. One of these is Tackleway C who will be one of the favourites to win the competition, along with Bexhill D who entertain NALGO B.

Unusually, Saints, perennial winner/finalists, have no representation in the Minor Trophy this year.

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