Week 13 of the Rotherham League but for whom would it be unlucky? In Division One the second and third place teams met to see if one could make a difference in the title challenge. L.S.M. A were at home to Phoenix Sports and Social Club A. James Houghton, Mick Foster and Mick Brooks were out to claim two points for the home team whilst Richard Element, Craig Straw and Mick Bell were aiming for the same result for the visitiors.
Houghton opened the match against Element who proved just a bit too strong winning the first for Phoenix. Foster then lost to Straw in a close battle going to a deuce game in the fifth. Brooks strikes back to take one for L.S.M. A. Next two shared. Doubles. Yet again a critical set as the match stands at 3 a piece. Phoenix win it in four. Foster beats Bell. 4 all. Element wins his last for yet another maximum. 5- 4 to Phoenix. Houghton on last against Straw and wins in 4 games to seal a draw. So a pretty fair result on the night with another outstanding performance from Richard Element. But this result won’t help either team’s title challenge as they slip a little further behind Scorpions A at the top.
In Division Two Geoff Sanderson Pete Horsfield and Richard Horsfield all took maximums as they swept Phoenix E aside in a rearranged match from October. The three from Clifton C team won their first sets in three straight games then Maurice Druce tried desperately to get Phoenix on the board but only got as far as losing in the fifth game. Five more quick sets to Clifton. 9-0 already! In the last set of the night Mick riley also tried his best to prevent a whitewash but again, as with Druce, only managed to lose in the fifth.
In their scheduled match for last week Phoenix turned out Druce, Mo Arshid and Dave Gurney all getting braces over Dennis Green, Martin Green and Phil Richardson of Scorpions C to win 6-4. The star of the match however was Martin Green from Scorpions who came away with a maximum despite his team losing. Only Phoenix’ second win of the season and it drags them off the bottom of the division above Scorpions.
In Division Three Scorpions L took on Scorpion I in a battle of the bottom two teams in the League. With an average age of just 10 between all six players this really was a clash of the youngest players in the League. Amy Marriott won two of hers, whilst Sam Wagstaff won one of his for the L team. But Adam Szabo took another maximum and he was well supported by Lewis Ellams and Josh Wilkes winning two each. The best match of the night came right at the end. The match was already decided at 6-3 to the I team but then it was the turn of highly ranked national player Amy Marriott against highly ranked national player Adam Szabo. Both very competitive and both not prepared to lose. It went all the way to the fifth game where Szabo just won it. The scores: 8-11 12-10 15-13 11-13 9-11 What a battle between two very promising talents for the future.