Godalming Simply Let I and II British League Report - January 2018

Godalming Simply Let I said auf wiedersehn to long-time team mate Andreas Pusch in his final British League matches for the club before he emigrates to Sydney, Australia at the end of the month. Even though he was unable to win any of his singles matches on the day, the team fittingly won both matches 5-4. A fantastic team mate who improved tremendously as a player during his stay in England, Andreas will be greatly missed and we wish him well in his new life down under.

The first match was against long-time rivals Cippenham. Godalming went 4-2 ahead when Federico completed a brilliant unbeaten performance with an 11-6 win in the fifth victory over Martin Adams. He had earlier defetaed Chris Bartram and won the ultimately crucial doubles match with Hari Gehlot. Andreas and Adam Laws both had opportunities to win their matches against Rob Hansell and Chris Bartram respectively but came up short in fifth set deciders. At 4-4 it was down to Hari to secure the victory, which he did with a solid 3-1 victory against Martin Gray.

The second match against Brighton followed a similar pattern. With the match score poised at 2-2, Federico and Hari scored an excellent come from behind 3-2 victory in the doubles, and then Federico secured a brilliant win over Mark Scutts to make the score 4-2. After Adam failed to beat Guillaume Legrand, despite being 2-0 up, and Andreas losing 3-0 to Harry McCarney, it was once again 4-4. Thankfully, Hari managed to hold his nerve as he summoned all of his experience to defeat the dangerous Raffaela Kurz 3-1.

Godalming Simply Let 1 stay in 4th place, but due to the tight nature of the division, they are only two points behind league leaders Horsham Blades. National division A2

Godalming Simply Let 2 faced a tough opening match against league leaders Ellenborough, losing 9-0, but made up for it in their second match against Cippenham 2. Rob Pountney was the player of the match, with two solid wins over Simon Vine and Oliver Shaw. Two tight fifth set victories for Danielle Kelly - and also for Rob and Jamie Nordin in the doubles proved to be important, before Jamie secured the match-clinching singles win over Paul Baker. The 5-4 win keeps Godalming Simply Let 2 in 6th place. National division C4

 

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