Newspaper report - Wk 11 2016-17

Nuneaton Winter League 2016-17 > Division 1

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Ajax Wolvey DWolvey D

10

9

1

0

81

19

0

81

2

Ambleside ExpertsAmbleside E

10

6

4

0

69

31

0

69

3

Ajax Wolvey CWolvey C

10

7

2

1

61

39

0

61

4

Stockingford AStockingford A

11

2

3

6

42

68

0

42

5

Stockingford BStockingford B

10

2

1

7

37

63

0

37

6

Ambleside HeroesAmbleside H

10

1

3

6

35

65

0

35

7

Nalgo Mira 1NALGO MIRA 1

11

1

2

8

35

75

0

35

 

Nuneaton Winter League 2016-17 > Division 2

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Ajax Wolvey FWolvey F

10

7

1

2

65

35

0

65

2

Ajax Wolvey BWolvey B

10

8

0

2

61

39

0

61

3

Stockingford DStockingford D

10

5

1

4

52

48

0

52

4

Ambleside AmateursAmbleside A

10

5

1

4

50

50

0

50

5

Fire BrigadeFire Brigade

10

4

0

6

46

54

0

46

6

Hit And HopeHit & Hope

10

2

0

8

40

60

0

40

7

Ambleside CasualsAmbleside C

10

2

1

7

36

64

0

36

 

Nuneaton Winter League 2016-17 > Division 3

Team

P

W

D

L

SF

SA

PA

Points

1

Weddington Social ClubWeddington

12

8

2

2

76

44

0

76

2

Ambleside RhinosAmbleside R

12

6

2

4

76

44

0

76

3

Nalgo Mira 2Nalgo Mira 2

12

9

1

2

74

46

0

74

4

Ajax Wolvey GNalgo Mira 2

12

7

2

3

73

47

0

73

5

Ajax Wolvey EAjax Wolvey E

11

7

1

3

72

38

0

72

6

Stockingford CStocking Ford C

12

4

0

8

49

71

0

49

7

Ambleside DynamosAmbleside D

11

1

1

9

30

80

0

30

8

Ambleside GraftersAmbleside G

12

0

1

11

20

100

0

20

 

With two weeks to go to the end of the season, Ajax Wolvey D have taken a firm hold of the top spot in Division 1. They have had two wins in the past fortnight with Mick Allsopp continuing his unbeaten run in the division, helping the team to an 8-2 win over Stockingford B and then a 7-3 win against Ambleside E. In the match against Ambleside, Pete Walsh gave Allsopp a run for his money taking him to 5 games in the set only to lose 11-9 in the fifth game. Wolvey need just a further 9 points to take the title, but their final two matches are against Ambleside E, champions for the last few years who are in 2nd spot, and finally a match against their sister team Ajax Wolvey C in 3rd spot, so still have work to do. Ambleside E continue to chase to regain the title, and had a good 9-1 win against NALGO MIRA 1, with Arun Jogi making a maximum, but then met Stockingford A with newly crowned Town Champion, Mark Perkins, in fine form for Stockingford winning all his three sets to help his side to a 5-5 draw. Ajax Wolvey C find themselves in 3rd spot and they just had the one match in the last couple of weeks beating NALGO MIRA 1 6-4, with Paul Calloway again making a maximum for Wolvey. No doubt, he will be looking to dent Mick Allsopp’s 100% record in the league when they meet in the next few weeks. Stockingford A are in fourth place having lost to Ambleside H by 7-3, again with Mark Perkins taking maximum points, but then following this up with the good draw mentioned earlier. The bottom three places look interesting as only two points separate Stockingford B from the two teams below them Ambleside H and NALGO MIRA 1, both on 35 points, and in the final two matches of the season Stockingford play them both, so there is all to play for as they approach the end of the season. NALGO only have the one match left to play, but Ambleside meet their sister team Ambleside E in their final match, and they will also be looking for maximum points to challenge for the title, so the relegation battle looks like it will be going into the final week of the season.

In Division 2, the two Wolvey teams, their F & B sides look to be battling for the top spot with the F team just edging the top spot by 4 points. In the last two weeks the F team have had two 7-3 wins against Hit & Hope and also the Fire Brigade with Pete Morris taking a maximum in each of the matches maintaining his unbeaten run. In the match against Fire he came against the unbeaten Gareth Edmunds in the opening set, and this went to 5 games but Morris edged the final game 11-7. The B side had just the one match but what a match, thrashing the team that led the league at the half way point, Ambleside A by 10-0, with Steve Hobley man of the match, but ably supported by Martin Hobley and Sam de Lima to take all the points on offer. Depending on results in the penultimate week of the season the league title could come down to the final week when the two Wolvey sides play each other. Stockingford D have jumped into the third position nine points behind Wolvey B and they had a good win 7-3 against the Fire Brigade, with Steve Leonard taking the points for Fire which maintains his position at the top of the averages. Stockingford followed this up with  a 6-4 win against Ambleside C with Garry Rhodes making a maximum but was made to work for this by Richard Crosbie in their singles which went to 5 games with Rhodes taking the final game 14-12. He then partnered Phil Chesters in the final doubles to take the match for their team. The former league leaders Ambleside A follow them 2 points behind but their 2017 has gone from bad to worse and have dropped out of contention for promotion, and could even get drawn into the relegation battle below them. Fire Brigade are just 4 points below them, with Hit & Hope a further 6 points behind them, and they play both Ambleside A and Fire in their final two matches, so league positions could change further by the end of the season. Ambleside C are in the bottom relegation spot and have two tough matches to finish the season against the league leaders and Fire so look to be heading back to division 3.

In Division 3 the top 5 teams could all end up in the top spot as only 4 points separate all 5 teams! Weddington climbed into the top spot in the last two weeks, continuing their unbeaten run since the end of October with a 7-3 win over Ambleside G, and going one better the following week with an 8-2 win over NALGO MIRA 2. In both matches Kieron and Jamie Watson took all their individual sets to help their side move into pole position. Ben Bennett of Ambleside pushed them both hard taking each of them to 5 games in each of their individuals but lost out in the 5th game to both of them. On equal points with Weddington are Ambleside R who had two good wins, when they beat Ajax Wolvey E 8-2 with Dad Richard Costall, showing his two sons Tom and Oliver how to win all three sets! They then met Stockingford C and came away with a 9-1 win with Tom Costall obviously taking note from the previous match by joining Dad, Richard, with a maximum. NALGO MIRA 2 then follow in 3rd position just 2 points behind the leaders – they had a good 7-3 win over Ambleside D but then followed this with the loss to Weddington. Ajax Wolvey G come next only  1 point behind NALGO, and they, also had two wins beating Stockingford C 7-3 with Keith Howes taking the player of the match award thanks to a maximum from him, and in the process taking the scalp of Tony Aubury, who, up to that point, had only lost once all season, but this still leaves Aubury heading the averages table on 91%. They then played Ambleside G and had a close match there before taking the match 6-4, with Kamla Winfield doing the damage thanks to winning all her three individual sets. And in 5th spot comes the other Wolvey side the E team, again just one point behind their sister team. They have just had the one loss to Ambleside R in the last two weeks, but still  have a match in hand of all the teams above them, so they will be in the mix come the season’s end. It could all change again in the final two weeks as a lot of the top 5 teams have to play each other, and it could all be decided in the final week, when the two Wolvey teams play each other, and Weddington meet Ambleside R. The bottom three sides are somewhat adrift of those above them with Stockingford C on 49 points followed by the Ambleside D and G sides on 30 and 20 points respectively.

 

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