It only seems like yesterday since the Season began, but there are only 6 weeks of matches left for teams to avoid relegation or win promotion.
Kidsgrove B and Bradwell C are battling to stay in the Premier Division and neither of them improved their chances as their match resulted in a draw, with a maximum and player of the match for young James Courtney for Kidsgrove. John O’Groake and Colin Burgess gained 2 each for Bradwell and the pair combined to win the doubles. The Bradwell B team are only a couple of points ahead, but all three teams have tough matches in the next few weeks against those higher up the division.
In Division 2, Norton E are now 4 points clear of MESC B, who themselves lead Norton D by 3 points. The E team had a 7-3 win over Kidsgrove D, with Lucie Hancock making a jump up from Division 2 earning a maximum, along with Paul Lord who was player of the match and it looks like the Kidsgrove D team, with only 1 point, are doomed to go back down. Alan McDonald was player of the match for MESC B, with Danny Sullivan also scoring a maximum and only John Reader for the Bradwell E team could manage a win in their 1-9 defeat. Highlight next week will see leaders Norton E travelling to meet the second placed MESC B team for a top of the table clash and this could well be worth a visit on Thursday. The Kidsgrove C are also in trouble, but a 6-4 win over Bradwell D helped a little and a match against their own D team next week could give them another win.
MESC C‘s team of Nathan Brindley, John Cooper and Tim O’Grady took the points against their own D team, with 2 wins each, plus the doubles, knocking the D team off the top spot and moving themselves into third place, just one point behind and with a chance of overtaking them for promotion. Top team of Lucie and Molly Hancock and Robert Warman beat their own J team 7-3 with a maximum for Molly as player of the match, but Robert Warman lost his 100% record to James Cooper. The Norton G team have been creeping up the table and next week travel to meet the MESC D team, who could be hard pushed and need at least a draw to remain in second spot.