Godalming Simply Let I and II British League Report

Godalming Simply Let I won three of their four matches in the British League this weekend and stayed in 4th place in division A2. 

Godalming looked to be heading for a straight forward victory in their first match vs London Academy II after clinching the doubles to go 4-1 up. In a twist, the Harrow team rallied back to level at 4-4 before Hari Gehlot finally confirmed victory with a solid 3-0 victory over Valerio Bucci to win the match 5-4.

The 2nd match was against runaway leaders Horsham Blades, who had been in a class of their won so far in the division. However, despite Godalming losing 7-2, they were not outclassed and were unlucky to lose two tight five setters when Hari lost 11-8 in the fifth vs Gustav Fahlen, and in the doubles when Hari teamed up with Federico Viterbo to only just lose 11-6 in the fifth vs Fahlen and Emil Ohlsson. Godalming's two wins came courtesy of Federico and Adam Laws who both defeated Jonas Berglund.

Next up were bottom of the table York Gardens I, but nothing could be taken for granted as defeats for Andreas Pusch and Adam vs Richard Carden and Simon Forest respectively put a spanner in the works. The score stood at 2-2 going into the doubles. Fortunately Hari and Federico put in a much needed solid performance vs Carden and Andy Norwood and Godalming never looked back. Thereafter Andreas secured the victory by defeating Neil Cartwright - Godalming eventually winning 6-3.

Godalming ended with a bang, quickly going 5-0 up vs Fusion II - ultimately winning 7-2, avenging their defeat against the same team in the first half of the season.

Godalming Simply Let II were without first choice players Jamie Nordin and Rob Pountney and found the going tough in Division C4, losing all four matches. Highlights were a pair of doubles wins for Robin Honey and Danielle Kelly, and an outstanding win for Danielle vs Goran Maric of Horsham Spinners. The 2nd team were also represented by Vijay Bhaskar, Jonathan Cannon and Steve Day  - the latter two making their British League debuts.





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