Stratford Herald Week Beginning April 16th
Having completed their league programme JLM Falcons now anxiously await the outcome of their rivals' outstanding matches to see if their debut season will be crowned with a unique double.

The team have already secured one trophy after a narrow victory over Tanworth Taipans in the final of the knockout cup. Experienced players Stef Mytton and Kevin Taylor were joined by youngster Joe Cull who delivered excellent performances against the villagers’ trio of Ben Rycroft-Stanley, Tim Lawrence and Mick Welsh. At the conclusion of play the two teams tied on 309 points, but a favourable handicap adjustment of 20 was enough to ensure the Falcons will end the campaign with at least one item of silverware.


Falcons demonstrated the depth of their squad by fielding a completely different team for their final league fixture at Colebridge Pasties who were strengthened by the addition of Sam Henderson. In the opening game of the match he took an early lead over Jack Davis, but eventually lost out in the only contest to go the full distance. Henderson and Tom Shortley each recorded wins before pairing up in the doubles, where they put aside loss of the first set to earn their team's third point. However those were the only successes Pasties were able to enjoy as both Davis and captain Luke Moffat secured trebles for Falcons, with Steve Cull adding what could prove to be a crucial seventh win.


The victory means that Falcons top the table eleven points ahead of Shottery A, who have yet to face home and away clashes against a third placed Snitterfield team still retaining title ambitions. With their destiny now in the hands of their rivals, Falcons can only hope results go their way to give them a remarkable league and cup double.


Brian Marston was the pick of the FISSC team in their concluding fixture at Henley B. However the hosts were dominant throughout with Robert McCluskey, Andy Rowland and Mark Chase conceding a total of just three sets during the match.
Author: via Stratford-upon-Avon Table Tennis League
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