Fighting spirit sees Copthorne perform the great escape

A tremendous 5-4 victory over Crawley Community B ensured Copthorne A another season  of Premier Division table tennis as Horsham B went down 8-1 to runners up Blades A.Chris Pullinger who had only won four games all season had another win against Andy Meads and followed it up with a wafer thin victory 14-12 in the decider over John Callcut.Gary Bristowe beat Andy and Sai Man Yau 11-9 in the decider,Stuart Brookes enjoyed a narrow four set win over Andy with all games going to deuce.This result means Copthorne finish on 47 points one clear of Horsham B who are relegated.

Foresters A gave their E team a thumping 9-0 with Wes Bush Harris,Craig Bryant and Martin Svensson winning with ease against Dave Steel,JC and Adam Todd.Foresters are worthy champions finishing on 203 points a mere 32 clear of Blades A in second place. 

A highly competitive match between Crawley Community A and Foresters B saw Mark Collins defeat both Barrie Gilbert and Paul Carter for the first time,a close one against Paul 13-11 in the fifth,Paul also lost to Lewis Mayhew in four,Barrie Gilbert and Shaun Parsley had two hard earned victories over Dan Pound and Lewis,5-4 to Community but Foresters clinch third spot.

Horsham A had a comprehensive victory over Crawley Sports A 7-2 with Digger winning three backed up with two each from Steve Hoad and Chris Vincent two each.Sally Hughes had two good wins for Sports.

Gerry Pugh scored an impressive treble against Graham Carter,Michael Bridger and Simon Knivett,Adam Daley got two for Foresters and Bonzo was distracted dreaming of his Vindaloo winning only one.Graham Carter won two and Michael one for Blades B.6-3 to Foresters C.

Horsham Spinners A had a comfortable 8-1 win over Foresters D with Rory Scott and Marc Burman winning three and Tim Surrey two.

Gary Pells only went down deuce in the fifth to Steve Pound in Horsham Bs efforts to stay in the Premier and he also had an impressive win over Tony Catt but it came too late as Copthorne were safe.Great credit goes to George Hazell who has won a record 71 matches in the Premier this year.

Author: via Crawley and Horsham Table Tennis League
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