In the Hastings & District Table Tennis League, Division 2 leaders at the Christmas break are Bexhill D who have won all ten of their matches to establish a healthy lead. Brian Beaney and John Bradbury are in excellent form and will be hopeful of improving on last year’s second place for Bexhill.
With no less than nine matches postponed, it is difficult to get a clear picture from the table but third-placed Hollington Academy D seem best placed to challenge and have Kevin Barry with only one defeat to his name. Even so, with two games in hand, the Academics are twelve points adrift of the leaders but only a point behind NALGO A who are second. Paul Hyland is having another fine season for NALGO.
Still just about in contention and with games in hand are Saints C, Tackleway D and Bexhill E. Saints, with only Andy Syrett firing on all cylinders, would have hoped to have done better while Tackleway and Bexhill have both put in solid team performances.
Two promoted teams are rooted at the bottom of the table with Bexhill G bottom, three points behind Saints D, who have played two less.
Hollington A have under-achieved despite having the division’s top player in Shaun Godfrey and they will hope Neil Stapley will be available in the New Year.
In Division 3, Bexhill F established a six point lead when they beat second-placed Monarchs 7-3 in their last match of 2015 with Harvey Webb unbeaten and two wins from Ricky Knight. Webb, who has lost only once, leads the averages in Division 3.
This was Monarchs’ first defeat and Andrew Edwards has been outstanding for them.
One point behind in third place are much-improved Hollington D, led by Ryan Demeza.
New team McPhersons sit bottom of the table with three points, despite the valiant efforts of Peter Watters. Just above them are NALGO B and Hollington C.
Immediately behind Webb in the averages are David Tran (Tigers D) and Phil Bailey (Willett & Phillips), whose efforts could not lift their sides above mid-table.