Woodham A win Team Handicap Cup
Woodham A emerged victors of this season’s Team Handicap competition, ten years on from last winning it in 2007/08. Hosted by Steve Scholz at Drapers Farm, the Final saw Woodham’s Gus Heath (-14), Lee McHugh (-14) and George Ashley (-4) face off against Cold Norton A’s Mike Hayes (-16), Sam Lowman (-15) and Steve Maltby (-14). In the opening doubles McHugh/Ashley tore off to a promising start taking the first end 21-10 against Hayes/Maltby and for a moment it looked like the Norton duo would not get off of minus, before recovering a string of points near the end of the game. Norton bit back taking the second end 21-18, before Woodham dug deep to close 21-16 in the third. The second match and first singles saw Heath race into a lead of similar fashion as he led Lowman by fifteen points, but Lowman got his attack firing and only missed out 19-21 in the first end. Heath took advantage of the momentum though by closing out 21-16 in the second to put Woodham into a two nil lead. Next saw McHugh versus Hayes and in a match full of great rallies Hayes really upped his game to take Norton’s first point of the evening 21-19, 14-21, 21-12. In the Ashley versus Maltby match the first, nail-biting end proved crucial which Ashley edged 21-19 and then really got his forehand kills firing to take the second end convincingly 21-12. In the second doubles McHugh/Heath took on Hayes/Lowman and the Norton partnership proved too strong winning 21-14, 21-17. So 3-2 to Woodham overall and the Final looked to be headed to the wire and a late finish, however Ashley stepped up to the plate to battle his Danbury teammate Lowman, and Ashley showed his class by performing way above his given handicap to win 21-16, 21-2. It was then up to Hayes to salvage the match as he took on Heath in a real clash of styles, and in a match that could scarcely have been closer Heath hit a multitude of forehand attacks to get Woodham over the finish line and into the history books winning 21-19, 21-19 and making the score overall Woodham 5 Cold Norton 2. Thank you to Steve Scholz for a well organized and enjoyable cup competition.
Lee McHugh - Press & Publicity Officer - Burnham Table Tennis League