Match Report

Greetland Social Templars got their season off to a strong start as they defeated Red Press Mercurials 8-1.

After finishing second for the past two seasons, Greetland have set their sights on winning the league for a third time in five seasons.

They issued a statement of intent in their first outing of the year, with Sam Clayton and Matthew Shaw picking up three wins apiece, with Alex Shaw adding two further victories.

It wasn't all straight forward, with Halifax Champion Clayton, who is using pimples this season, having to battle hard to defeat Nuno Costa 3-1.

It was even tougher for Alex Shaw, who looked certain to fall to defeat when he fell 2-0 down to Steve Hanson. However, the youngster showed plenty of grit to pull the game level, before claiming the fifth set.

His brother, Matthew, dispatched of Seb Frere 3-0, before Clayton matched the scoreline against Hanson.

Costa also earned an end against Matthew Shaw before falling 3-1, and then Alex secured victory with a straight sets win over Frere.

Matthew Shaw completed his maximum, coming from behind to beat Hanson, before Clayton overcame Frere to secure his treble.

Costa managed to earn a consolation for the Mercurials, defeating Alex Shaw 3-1 to ensure there would be no whitewash.


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