L.S.M. A got their title challenge off to a flying start with a 10-0 thrashing of Phoenix Sports and Social Club C. L.S.M. had an excellent season last time around finishing second in the League despite having great trouble with their venues. Having changed from playing at their venue at the previously named London Scandinavian works on Fullerton Road due to changes at the site, they found a new venue at the Mason Arms in the centre of town and changed their team name to the same. But this turned out to be a short term solution as the pub could not accommodate them for very long and they ended up at the East Herringthorpe W.M.C. This remains their venue for this season but they have now reverted back to their original L.S.M. name. The regular team of Mick Foster, Mick Brooks and James Houghton turned out for their first match and they proceeded to wipe the floor with Alan Waistnidge, Ian Burnell and Glen Wilkinson of Phoenix only dropping three games all night. The gauntlet has been thrown down to the rest of the Division One sides!
Current champions Scorpions A also had their first match of the season. They were at Clifton Methodist Church playing against Clifton A team of Mark Seddon, John Christian and Matt Bacon. Craig Hastie first on for the away team and he proceeded to lose to Bacon who was on form after the summer break. Harry Saxton next on beating Christian easily. Alan Battye third up versus Seddon and, as is so often the case, Battye went to the final game. On this occasion coming out on top giving Scorpions a 2-1 advantage. Hastie beat Christian easily and then Bacon defeated Battye in four close games to make it 3-2 Scorpions. But that was it for the home side as Scorpions romped home 8-2 winners with Saxton the star of the match, then only maximum of the evening.
In her new role as playing team captain, Emily Walker led her team of Dave Grayson and Eric Hall to a convincing 9-1 thrashing of fellow club mates Scorpions I consisting of Lewis Ellams, Lucie Smith and Amy Marriott. Ellams managed to see off Grayson for the I team’s only win of the night and was oh so close to beating Hall losing in four with three games going to deuce. Marriott too went to the decider in two of her matches but could not hold on to either.
In Division Two L.S.M. B went to Phoenix to play their E team. Another easy victory in this match with Mohammed Arshid the only success for Phoenix beating Phil Cockayne. Steve Wilson and Dave Sayner both getting maximums for L.S.M. Arshid notched up the highest game score in the league so far this season with his third game and Wilson ending 17-19. Final result 9-1 to L.S.M. B.