Newspaper report - Wk 5 2016-17

 

Nuneaton Winter League 2016-17 > Division 1

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Ambleside   E

4

3

1

0

28

12

0

28

2

Ajax Wolvey D

3

3

0

0

27

3

0

27

3

Ajax Wolvey C

4

3

1

0

26

14

0

26

4

NALGO MIRA 1

4

1

1

2

18

22

0

18

5

Stockingford A

5

0

2

3

16

34

0

16

6

Ambleside H

4

0

2

2

15

25

0

15

7

Stockingford B

4

0

1

3

10

30

0

10

 

Nuneaton Winter League 2016-17 > Division 2

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Ambleside A

5

5

0

0

38

12

0

38

2

Hit And Hope

5

2

0

3

24

26

0

24

3

Ajax Wolvey F

4

2

1

1

22

18

0

22

4

Fire Brigade

4

2

0

2

20

20

0

20

5

Stockingford D

4

1

1

2

20

20

0

20

6

Ajax Wolvey B

4

2

0

2

17

23

0

17

7

Ambleside C

4

0

0

4

9

31

0

9

 

Nuneaton Winter League 2016-17 > Division 3

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Nalgo Mira 2

5

4

1

0

34

16

0

34

2

Ajax Wolvey G

5

3

1

1

34

16

0

34

3

Ajax Wolvey E

5

4

0

1

33

17

0

33

4

Weddington SC

5

2

1

2

27

23

0

27

5

Ambleside R

4

1

1

2

23

17

0

23

6

Stockingford C

4

2

0

2

21

19

0

21

7

Ambleside D

5

1

0

4

13

37

0

13

8

Ambleside G

5

0

0

5

5

45

0

5

 

Five weeks into the season and Ambleside E is still at the top of division 1 by 2 points over their nearest rival Ajax Wolvey D, with two good wins over NALGO MIRA 1 and Stockingford A. Against NALGO they ran out 8-2 winners with Dave Daniels taking all 3 singles. The result against Stockingford was 7-3, but Daniels did not fare so well in that match winning only one singles set, but Neil Matthams was on song to win all his three singles to help Ambleside to the win. In second spot Ajax Wolvey D look threatening having moved from the bottom spot (not having played any matches at the 2 week stage) to within 2 points of the leaders with a match in hand, and just dropping 3 points in their last three matches. They started their campaign with a 10-0 win over Stockingford A, then played their second match against another Stockingford team the B team, running out 9-1 winners, and in their last match they beat Ambleside H 8-2. Constant throughout all 3 matches was Mick Allsopp who made a maximum in each match, and is yet to drop a game within a set. The crunch match is coming up in the coming week when the two sides at the top meet each other for the first time this season. Ajax Wolvey C drop a spot as a result, although they are only one point behind their D side. They have played against Stockingford B winning 8-2 with both Paul Calloway and William Panes making a maximum, although Panes was pressed hard in all his sets with every one going to 5 games, but he won through in the end. In the last match they had a narrower victory with a 6-4 win over NALGO MIRA 1, with Paul Calloway again winning all three of his sets, but Panes was stopped from claiming a maximum, when Kevin Edwards beat him in a five game thriller. A gap is already starting to show between the top three and the rest with NALGO MIRA 1 being 8 points adrift of the 3rd spot in fourth position. Apart from the two losses mentioned above, they also had a 5-5 draw against Ambleside H with Pete Walsh making a maximum and joining Dave Furey in the final doubles to even the scores. Newly promoted Stockingford A are in 5th position still looking for their first win of the season, having lost to the top two teams in the league over the last 3 weeks, but they almost achieved this against Ambleside H being 5-4 up with the final doubles to play, and their pairing of Leigh Morris and Andy Spring were 2 games up against Ambleside’s Pete Walsh and Dave Furey only for the Ambleside pairing to take the final 3 games in the doubles to share the honours. Ambleside H are just one point behind Stockingford A, and they are followed in the final league placing by Stockingford B who are 5 points behind them.

The second division is also being led by another Ambleside team their ‘A’ team who have moved 14 points ahead of the former leaders Hit & Hope, They have had three 8-2 winners on the trot, meeting their sister team Ambleside C, then they met Ajax Wolvey B, then finally a top of the table clash against Hit & Hope. The pick of the three matches was the one against the Wolvey team, with both Robbie Webster and Greg Way making a maximum, but the match could have finished so much closer as Martin Hobday of Wolvey, who was undefeated up to that match, lost all his three singles, but each one went to deuce in the 5th game, but in each one Martin lost out to the Ambleside players. After a good start to the season Hit & Hope have stuttered over the last 3 weeks losing their last 3 matches. They also met Ajax Wolvey B and narrowly lost 6-4 with Martin Hobday winning all his singles, and joining Sammy De Lima in the doubles to take the match. They then met Wolvey F and lost that one 7-3 thanks to a Bob Pickersgill hat trick. Finally, they met the league leaders last week, and lost 8-2 with Paul Ingram and Chris Thomas both making a useful maximum. The remaining teams in the division all have a match in hand of the two teams at the top with Ajax Wolvey F showing in third place just 2 points behind Hit & Hope. They met promoted Stockingford D, and shared the honours in a 5-5 draw with Paul Grice and Bob Pickersgill taking the final doubles in the 5th game which also went to deuce, before winning it 14-12. After defeating Hit & Hope they then went on to beat the Fire Brigade 6-4 with Steve Leonard playing a rearguard action for Fire Brigade winning all his three singles. The Fire Brigade follow in 4th place just 2 points behind Wolvey F helped by a 7-3 win against Stockingford D with Steve Leonard and Gareth Edmunds making a maximum each. Stockingford D are on the same points as Fire Brigade, and after their earlier draw and defeat, they met Ambleside C in the last week running out 9-1 winners. Wolvey B find themselves in 6th spot after their draw and defeat, with Ambleside C in the final position still looking for their first win of the season.

It is quite tight at the top of Div 3 with only one point separating the top three teams. NALGO MIRA 2 are on top by virtue of a superior number of wins over Wolvey G but both on 34 points with Wolvey E just one point behind the teams above them in third place. NALGO avoided defeat against Ambleside R by winning the final doubles to earn a draw, with Tom Costall continuing his good form this season by making a maximum. NALGO then met Ambleside’s sister team the ‘D’ side and had a much easier time with a 9-1 win, and followed this up with a 7-3 defeat of Weddington Social. In both matches Martin Kimberley made a maximum. Second placed Wolvey G also met Weddington Social and Weddington looked to be on their way to a win leading 5-2 thanks to a hat trick from Kieron Watson, but Wolvey fought back to win the three final sets to draw the match. They then lost their next match against Stockingford C 7-3 thanks to Tony Aubury winning all his three sets for Stockingford. In the fifth week Wolvey G met a weakened Ambleside G and ran out with a 10-0 win. Wolvey E have had three good wins, beating Stockingford C 7-3 with Tony Aubury again making a maximum for Stockingford, then following this with a 6-4 win against Ambleside R, with Tom Costall once again winning his three singles for Ambleside, and Wolvey then went on to meet  Ambleside ‘D’ and came away with a 7-3 win, with Mick Hobley making a hat trick for Wolvey. Weddington Social are in 4th spot 6 points adrift of the team above them. Apart from the draw and the loss they also won 8-2 against Ambleside G with in-form Kieron Watson again making a maximum for Weddington. Ambleside R is in 5th place following their draw and loss,  with Stockingford C just 2 points behind them, but both have a match in hand of the other teams following a recent cancellation. The bottom two spots are taken up by Ambleside D on 13 points and Ambleside G in bottom place on 5 points. These two teams did meet each other in week 3 with the D team winning 7-3 thanks to a hat-trick from John Gabriel.

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