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Wroxall ‘B’s Woes Continue

Wroxall ‘B’s match last Monday 22nd January at home against Newport ‘B’ ended just as all their previous matches had – with a valiant effort, but a disappointing result, leaving the ‘B’ team to wonder just when their first win will come?

Club stalwart Colin Lovegrove kindly stood in for the still unavailable Trevor Duffield, but even his efforts were not enough to change the outcome.

Set 1 saw Harry Rann & Callie Hatcher attempting to get Wroxall off to a good start, but were unable to realise their ambitions and lost in straight games; 16-21, 18-21, giving Newport the opening advantage at 0-1 match score.

Next up on court in the 2nd set were Simon Jilley & Gill Osborne, looking to redress the balance. But this too, was not to be and they also lost in two games; 17-21, 8-21, to put Newport further ahead in the match with a score 0f 0-2.

Despite their best efforts Colin Lovegrove & Jenny Gardner fared no better in the 3rd set than their team mates, with another straight two game defeat at 19-21 and 17-21 respectively. Match score was now at 0-3.

Set 4 saw the first of the ladies matches with Callie Hatcher & Gill Osborne up first.

I’d like to say the ladies fared better than the mixed pairs, but I can’t, as, they too lost in two games; 9-21, 8-21 to bring the match score to 0-4 in Newport’s favour with only one more set to earn them the match win.

It must be said at this point that Wroxall were fighting hard as evidenced by the close scores in the majority of games played so far. This fight paid off in the 5th set as; Harry Rann & Simon Jilley took it to the full three games and emerged victorious with game scores of 21-18 a dip at 16-21 and raised their game in the last to 21-19. Match score now 1-4. Could this be the turnaround that Wroxall needed?

Alas & alack (as the old saying goes), normal service was pretty much resumed in Set 6. This had Callie Hatcher & Jenny Gardner attempting to capitalise on the ground gained in the previous set. They started well with the first set going to an incredibly close 20-22 outcome, but couldn’t keep it up in the second and lost that one 15-21. Thus, bringing the match score to 1- 5 and the match win to Newport ‘B’.

There were still sets to win, however, and Wroxall were determined to get something out of this. Set 7 saw Harry Rann & Colin Lovegrove pushing back hard, but just losing the first game 17-21. Game two, however, was a titanic battle with neither side willing to give way until Newport gained the upper hand and won with a final 25-27 result! The score was now 1-6 to Newport.

The 8th Set with Gill Osborne & Jenny Gardner went much the same way as most of the other games and despite Gill & Jenny trying hard, they lost both games 15-21, 6-21, to bring the match score, now to 1-7.

 With the 9th and final set upon us, could the final mens pairing of Simon Jilley & Colin Lovegrove uphold the honour of Wroxall and bow out with a bang, rather than a whimper?

The answer was…..yes! In a late evening last set battle, Simon & Colin gritted their teeth and with an inspired and determined performance, emerged victors in a two game decider with the final scores at 21-19 and 21-15, to bring the final match total to 2-7 to Newport.

Congratulations to Newport ‘B’ on a well deserved win that sees them at currently 6th in the League standings.

Many commiserations, once again, to Wroxall ‘B’ who, despite their best efforts and some good badminton, are struggling to find the form that will secure them their first win of the season. Don’t give up, keep on fighting! Also thanks, once more, to Colin Lovegrove for standing in for Trevor Duffield and for putting in a fine effort.

The ‘A’ team match report is to follow as they played Ventnorians away at the Medina Centre on Tuesday 23rd January.

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