As the 2014-15 season of the Rother Valley League draws to a close the final throws of the promotion and relegation battles are taking place. In Division Two the leaders Clifton C played second placed Phoenix C in the match which would almost certainly decide the title. Stuart Element got Phoenix challenge off to a flying start by defeating Chris Thompson in three straight games. Jim Pugh levelled it by seeing off Dave Engledow also in three quickly followed by Steve Lyons beating Mohammad Arshid to make it 2-1 to Clifton. Clifton continued their run to get to a strong lead of 4-1 by the doubles. Clifton hit back taking the doubles in the fifth game but Lyon won his third against Engledow to take the first point and that was enough to give Clifton the title. Thompson took the next to complete the victory and Element finished off the match by taking one back for Phoenix to leave it 7-3 to Clifton and the Division Two champions. Clifton also had a comfortable victory over Scorpions D winning 7-3 with Pugh starring with a treble.
In Division Three Scorpions G moved back to the top spot for the first time in five weeks with a very close win over Phoenix E. Phoenix’ other team in the division was in first place before this match so their club mates could have done them a massive favour if they had managed to get a result here. But Scorpions were not going to be rattled that easily. Regulars Phil Richardson and Dennis E. Green only managed to win one each but relative newcomer Glynn Ward took all of his to make sure that Scorpions sneaked it 6-4 and took two crucial points. That means that they now lead by one with a game in hand.
Also in this division Scorpions K rounded off their season with a draw against Stag B. Stalwarts Warwick Plummer, John Burton and Paul Flint represented Stag School of Motoring whilst Steve Selway, Alex Selway and Daniel Schofield were out for Scorpions. In what was a pretty even contest, the score got to three a piece by the doubles. Then there was a marathon doubles with Flint and Burton versus Alex Selway and Schofield. First game to Scorpions in deuce, then a relatively quick one to Stag. One all. Stag pinched the next 12-10 and then a flashback to the previous scoring system when games were up to 21. No-one wanted to lose, or win, the next until it finally got settled at 22-20 to Scorpions. Two all. That game must have drained their energy because Scorpions lost the decider 11-3. The match continued in this close contest to end up as a draw. He star on this occasion Alex Selway taking his hat-trick.
As the season draws to a close the Rother Valley Closed Tournament appears on the horizon. Entries are already building up as local players look to become the champions in a dozen or so categories. This all takes place at Dearne Valley Sports Centre on May 10th.