As the new season starts in the Hastings & District Table Tennis League, Division Two looks like being as competitive as ever, despite last season’s top three players all moving up to Division One.
Relegated Hastings Academy E will start as favourites, their relegation effectively being down to injury and a lack of reserve strength. The Furnival family will be joined by new signing Terry Dean and will be able to call on Jamie Martin as reserve.
Tackleway C will undoubtedly challenge, with Adrian Goodrum, Kevin Rowe and Danny Rickaby being joined by Mike Charter from last year’s E team.
The other relegated side, Bexhill E, will be looking for a quick return and have added Cameron Jones, another player dropping down from the top flight, to their squad.
Tackleway and Bexhill both have three sides in this division, but both clubs have lost players in the last few weeks which will test the strategy of Bexhill in particular, who tend to utilise a strong pool of reserves in this division.
Harvey Webb has left Bexhill for Tackleway, who will also have Andy Brown in Tackleway E after a spell in Division One.
Phil Toze moves from Tackleway to Nalgo A while Hastings Academy H (formerly Tigers A) will miss Chris Woods who struggled with knee problems last season.
Hastings Academy G, who won Division Three as Saints C, have kept the same squad and will be looking to retain their new-found status.
Division Three is thin on the ground with new faces, but George Reidy, a Bexhill reserve, looks strong for the division.
Favourites should be Hollington C (Mick Oakman, Pete Shoesmith and Keith Young) who finished second last year but did not apply for promotion.
Monarchs B will be strengthened by the inclusion of Andrew Edwards from the A team but Bexhillians I will miss out on the defensive talents of David Laing who will now be playing in Division Two.
The youngsters of Hollington E finished strongly last time out and could pose a threat this season.