PRESS REPORTS 2017-18
Hutton A started their defence of the title with only two players but were thankful that opponents Coneysthorpe A could only field two on the night. Conceding two games each Hutton ran out 8-2 winners thanks to unblemished performances from Tom Needham and Paul Young and leaving
Coneysthorpe’s Joe Suchecki rueing a 5 set loss to Young. Amotherby A's young pretenders to the to the 1st division title, Ryan Hood, Tom Thorpe and Arthur Sorley got their season off to a great start, dismissing Swinton 9-1 with an all-round scintillating display, Steve Oldfield avoiding an embarrassing whitewash for Swinton. Whitby's Dave Williams, Barry Pearson and Barbara Kearney will also be in with a shout if they continue this form as they bagged the maximum score - 10 nil against Ryedale C's Titch Temple, Jan Bryan and Barry Todd. Ryedale A won 7-3 against their B team in a match that flattered the home side. Stephen Temple, Mike Wheatley and Mike Fenby all won two, with Ed Wardman and Peter Lee for the B team unlucky to lose their 5 setters.
In the 2nd Div. it was nip and tuck for all the matches. John Gascoyne was too savvy for Ryedale E opponents Dave Burnham, Russ and Linda Scott. His unbeaten display coupled with wins for Andy Paton (2) and Barry Rudd (1) saw them win 7-3. Ryedale F just scrapped home against Coneysthorpe thanks to a sparkling debut from man of the match Andrew Malley. Assists from Jean Wardman (2) and Mick Carter (1) saw them home 6-4. Coneysthorpe replied with a brace from Tom Walsh and a single to Eddie Prest. Hutton B also had a valuable 6-4 away win at FERA thanks to Andrew Grayson and Ollie Braithwaite winning all their games. For FERA Patrick Hough, Chris Richards and Aled Griffiths all won one each plus the doubles. Amotherby C and B clashed in a keenly contested match. A brace each from Ken Darby and Ian Dawson plus one from Nick Knight was not enough for the B team as the C's star man, Malcolm Sims, remained unbeaten before teaming up with Andy Holmes (1) to ensure a draw.
The 3rd Div. saw just two matches, both finishing 7-3 to the home side. Ryedale H newcomers, John Stott, Ian Hutchinson and Harry Gascoyne all recorded a pair each as they overcame Hutton C's Mircea Voicu (2), Barbara Johnson (1) and an unlucky Mathew Bedford. Toby Crusher, Nick Bowes and Philip Trevelyan for Helmsley all won two each plus the doubles to overcome Amotherby D for whom Richard Brown remained invincible, with Ruth Wilson and Andy Studdart finding the opposition too tough.
In Division 1 Amotherby A got their second win, just overcoming Coneysthorpe A 6-4 thanks to a solid unbeaten display from Tom Thorpe, a brace from Arthur Sorley and a single to Russ Grimshaw. Coneysthorpe replied with a pair from new signing Dave Quinlan and one from Joe Suchecki who teamed up to take the doubles. Swinton were on the wrong end of three five setters which enabled Ryedale A to secure an 8-2 victory, with the Rye's Stephen Temple and John Flintoft both fortunate to finish unbeaten on the night. Pat Swindell and Paul Cuthbertson, for Swinton, both overcame an out of sorts Mike Wheatley. Ryedale B in a keenly contested match eventually ran out comfortable winners against their C team. Ed Wardman and Peter Lee dug in deep to win all their games and a single from Alec Hodgson, added to the doubles, ensured an 8-2 win. Titch Temple (1), Barry Todd (1) and Jan Bryan for the C team all played well, just lacking that bit of luck, to turn a loss into a win.
In Div.2 Ryedale F have found themselves a gem of a player as once again Andrew Malley was their star man and with a brace each from Alan Kirkwood and Jean Wardman they overcame FERA 8-2 for whom Aled Griffiths was the only winner. Ryedale D found the going tough against Coneysthorpe B. Barry Rudd struggling just back from injury could only win one and with young Harry Gascoyne a little out of his depth it was left to a resolute John Gascoyne to dig in and win his three. Coneysthorpe's much improved Tom Walsh with Eddie and Wendy Prest however showed no sympathy as they each won two plus the doubles for a well-earned 7-3 victory.
In Div.3 Ryedale G started their campaign against VTS Design who, now in their third season, continue to show steady improvement. An unbeaten performance from man of the match Bradley Train and singles from team mates Barnaby and Carrick Blacker put them in a winning position. The G team however fought back with singles from Robert Williams and Andrew Dent plus a brace from the effervescent Ros Thorpe and then taking the doubles to ensure a draw 5-5 and a fair result. Hutton C had no answer to Helmsley's top performer Toby Crusher (3) who linked up with Nick Bowes (2) and Chet Butler (1) to ensure a comfortable 7-3 win. Hutton replied with a brace from the dependable Mircea Voicu and a solo effort from Mathew Bedford. Just reward for a keenly contested match. Westow got their season off to a great start with an emphatic win 9-1 over Amotherby D. Sara Winn-Darley registered a maximum score ably assisted with a brace each from Roger Dunning and Colin Payne. Linda Clarke scored the consolation point for Amotherby.
Ryedale A moved into 2nd place with a 6-4 win over Coneysthorpe A thanks to an emphatic display from star man Adam Ridley who was ably supported with a brace from John Flintoft and a single to Mike Fenby. For Coneysthorpe Gareth Bryning (2) and Jan Suchecki (1) paired up to win the doubles, with Russ Barton unlucky to emerge winless. Swinton got their first win 6-4 when visiting Ryedale B, thanks to a gritty display from Pat Swindell who dispatched the Rye's Peter Lee, Trevor Teasdale and Alex Hodgson, before pairing up with Paul Cuthbertson, who scored a brace, to win the doubles, Teasdale and Hodgson rueing 5 set losses after initially being two up in their games. Amotherby A and Whitby couldn't be separated after a highly competitive match. Mickey Arnold for Amotherby outperformed the opposition to remain unbeaten but Dave Williams and Barry Pearson took a brace apiece off Dave Smith (1) and Arthur Sorley (1) before linking up to win the doubles and draw 5-5 with Whitby's Barbara Kearney missing out after losing two 5 setters. Hutton A took advantage to close the gap at the top, overwhelming Ryedale C. Paul Young pipped Tom Needham to the man of the match award as both remained unbeaten. This, coupled with the doubles and a brace from the ever reliable Jim Bailey, saw them win 9-1. Barry Todd saved the whitewash after an absorbing 5 set win over Bailey.
In Div.2 Amotherby B got their season back on track when they visited FERA and bagged a comfortable 8-2 win thanks to an unscathed performance from Nick Knight and a brace each to Ken Darby and Ian Dawson. FERA's Chris Richards and Chris Ridgeway fought hard for no reward leaving Patrick Hough to salvage a couple of points. A Russ Scott treble, a Dave Burnham brace plus a single to Linda Scott saw Ryedale E win 6-4 as they overcame a strong Hutton B team of Andrew Grayson (2), Ollie Braithwaite (1) and Chris Parker who all missed lady luck at the vital point. Tom Walsh continues to impress as he took the man of the match award for Coneysthorpe B. Dave Allen matched his teammate and with James Allan securing a single they beat Amotherby C 8-2. Andy Holmes and Malcolm Sims replied with a single each but along with Josh Blakeston found the going tough. Stable mates Ryedale D and F shared the spoils 5-5. Into the tenth game Rye F led thanks to a brace each from Mick Carter and Alan Kirkwood plus a Jean Wardman single but they couldn't get the win when unbeaten John Gascoyne teamed up with Barry Rudd (1) to take the doubles.
In Div.3 Westow’s early season form continued with a dominating 8-2 win over Hutton C thanks to maximum scores from Sara Winn-Darley and Colin Payne plus a single to Roger Dunning, Hutton's Johnson, Parker and Bedford unlucky to emerge with only two wins. Janet Bailey for Amotherby D was the star player, undefeated on the night, but that was all they won as opponents Peter Whitfield, Ros Thorpe and Robert Williams for Ryedale G all scored a brace and with the doubles won 7-3. Ryedale H players John Ellis, John Stott and Ian Hutchinson won two each to edge a close encounter with VTS to win 6-4. Bradley Train (2) and Mark Foster (1) replied, taking the doubles, with Conner Gore still to find his feet.
In Div. 1 bottom club Ryedale C inflicted a shock defeat on Amotherby A, 6-4 thanks to a dynamic flawless performance from John Freeman, plus singles from Titch Temple and Jan Bryan. Tom Thorpe and Arthur Sorley managed a brace each but failed in the doubles. Ryedale A ran out 7-3 winners against Whitby with a Stephen Temple treble, a Mike Fenby brace and a single to John Flintoft. Whitby replied with singles each to Barbara Kearney, John Hanson and Vic Wilson. Swinton secured a 2nd win overcoming Coneysthorpe's Joe Suchecki (1), Gareth Bryning (1) and Tim Smith (2) thanks to star man Steve Oldfield (3) and a brace from Pat Swindell who paired up with Steve to win the doubles. Hutton A had Paul Young and Tom Needham in impressive form taking all their points in a 7-3 victory over Ryedale B's Ed Wardman, Alec Hodgson and Trevor Teasdale who all won against luckless Jim Bailey.
In the 2nd Div. it was good to be a Ryedale SC player. For the F team Andrew Malley, Mick Carter and Alan Kirkwood were all flawless as they routed Amotherby C's Andy Holmes, Malcom Sims and Josh Blakeston 10-0 putting them at the top of the tree. Ryedale E were in similar vein away at Amotherby B. Dave Burnham pipped Russ Scott for man of the match, both unbeaten and with a brace from Linda Scott who lost her game in the 5th 12-10, they won 9-1 with only Ken Darby offering any token resistance. John Gascoyne lost his 100% record but that didn't stop his D team overwhelming FERA. Andy Paton was the unbeaten star man and with a pair each to Gascoyne and Barry Rudd plus the doubles they had a resounding 8-2 victory. FERA replied with singles to Aled Griffiths and Patrick Hough. Winning the doubles was little consolation for Coneysthorpe B as Wendy Prest was their only player to win a game against Hutton B who had man of the match Andrew Grayson and Ollie Braithwaite in unbeatable form and with Chris Parker winning two they romped home 8-2.
In Div.3 six new players to the league battled it out when Ryedale H entertained their G team with the away side taking the honours 7-3 thanks to a couple each from Andrew Dent, Ros Thorpe and Peter Whitfield. Harry Gascoyne replied with an unscathed performance. John Stott and Joan Swindell battled hard but succumbed to the opposition. Helmsley B moved into 2nd spot behind Ryedale G thanks to unblemished displays from Toby Crusher and star man Nick Bowes and with Dan Otterburn-Smith securing a valuable win they defeated VTS Design 8-2 for whom Carrick and Barnaby Blacker won one each. Hutton C secured their first win overcoming Amotherby D 7-3. Mircea Voicu, John Buller and Angela Parker all got a brace each but were thwarted by a resolute Richard Brown (3) who was worthy of the man of the match award.
In Div. 1 luckless Ryedale C went down 10-0 to their A team in heart breaking fashion when Titch Temple lost all his games on the 5th end. Barry Todd also lost two 5 setters with Jan Bryan failing in two games 19-21 and 12-14.The victors John Flintoft, Mike Fenby and Mike Wheatley collectively sighed with relief to remain unbeaten. Swinton never got going against a resilient Whitby who had star man Bob Evans (3) in majestic form. Coupled with a brace each from Dave Williams and Barbara Kearney they won comfortably 8-2. Ray Mitchell competed enthusiastically without success leaving Steve Oldfield and Paul Cuthbertson to save Swinton's pride. Coneysthorpe had Dave Quinlan in sparkling form unbeaten on the night and with two from Joe Suchecki plus a single to Malcolm Haswell they edged out Ryedale B 6-4. The Rye's, disappointed not to share the spoils, replied with a brace from Peter Lee and a solo effort to Ed Wardman before rounding off the evening with the doubles.
Div.2 Amotherby C went down 10-0 to Ryedale D but not without some valiant back to the wall table tennis. Both Malcom Sims and Linda Clarke were on the wrong side of three five setters and with Andy Holmes involved in close affairs the score line flattered to deceive a relieved John Gascoyne, Andy Paton and Barry Rudd. Ryedale F edged a close encounter with Hutton B 6-4 thanks to another unbeaten display from Andrew Malley who paired up with Alan Kirkwood (2) to win the doubles. Hutton, in determined mood, dug in and replied with a brace from Andrew Grayson and singles to Ollie Braithwaite and Chris Parker when overcoming Jean Wardman.
In Div.3 Peter Whitfield for Ryedale F continues to impress in his first season, taking the man of the match award when defeating Hutton C. His unbeaten performance combined with a brace from Rob Williams plus a single to Andrew Dent saw them win 7-3 against Angela Parker (2), Mircea Voicu (1) and Barbara Johnson. Helmsley B stay top after a dominant display over Ryedale H. John Toll and Nick Bowes remained invincible and with Dan Otterburn-Smith chipping in with a win they won with ease 8-2 over Harry Gascoyne and Ian Hutchinson who had a win apiece and Rob Wilkinson. Westow just scraped home against VTS Design 6-4 with a brace each going to Colin Payne and Roger Dunning, plus a solo effort from Sara Winn-Darley. VTS replied with a resolute display from man of the match Bradley Train, coupled with a single to Barnaby Blacker and with Conner Gore improving they will soon be moving upwards.
League leaders Ryedale A visited last season’s champions Hutton A and got soundly thrashed 9-1. Joel Wright taking the accolades alongside Tom Needham with Paul Young (2) losing to Mike Fenby for the first time in 10 years. Amotherby A handed out a table tennis lesson to Ryedale B's Ed Wardman, Peter Lee and Alex Hodgson as they cruised to a 10-0 whitewash thanks to man of the match Ryan Hood, Milo Cupik and Tom Thorpe who were just unstoppable . Coneysthorpe A recorded their 2nd win on the trot as they overcame Whitby 7-3. Once again Dave Quinlan was the star man with Joe Suchecki and Russ Barton bagging a brace each, John Hanson and Barbara Kearney getting the consolation points for Whitby. Paul Cuthbertson and Pat Swindell scored all Swinton points as they triumphed over Ryedale C 3-7, for whom Barry Todd, Titch Temple and John Freeman all overcame Ray Mitchell.
In Div.2 Ryedale F cling on to top spot after inflicting an 8-2 defeat on Amotherby B thanks to their ever reliable star man and veteran player Mick Carter who along with Jean Wardman remained undefeated and Alan Kirkwood (1). Ian Dawson and Ken Darby claimed the points for Amotherby. Ryedale D moved to within one point of the leaders after dispatching Amotherby B with relative ease 8-2. Both John Gascoyne and Andy Paton led the way unbeaten, plus two from Barry Rudd. For Hutton Andy Grayson won one and lost two games on the final end with Ollie Braithwaite suffering the same fate. Dave Burnham and team mates Russ and Linda Scott for Ryedale E played two matches winning against FERA 8-2 and Coneysthorpe B 7-3. Both Burnham and Russ Scott remained unbeaten over both games, with Linda chipping in with a single in each event. Aled Griffiths and Patrick Hough replied for FERA with Eddie Prest and Dave Walsh responding for Coneysthorpe. FERA battled back in their 2nd match of the week in an absorbing encounter against Amotherby C who had star player Malcom Sims (3), Andy Holmes (1) and Josh Blakeston (1) in formidable mood but a brace each to Aled Griffiths and Patrick Hough plus the doubles ensured the evening ended all square and a fair result.
In Div.3 VTS Design had an excellent win over Amotherby D. In a close affair Mark Foster and Carrick Blacker both won two each with a single to Bradley Train. Amotherby fought back with an unblemished display from Richard Brown and a hard fought single to Ruth Wilson but lost the doubles and thus the match 6-4. Westow moved into 2nd spot after overcoming Ryedale H 7-3. Sara Winn-Darley was back to winning ways taking the man of the match award backed up by a Colin Payne brace and a single to Roger Dunning. Harry Gascoyne (2) and Ian Hutchison replied for Ryedale. Division front runners, Helmsley dropped three valuable points against Ryedale G but still won 7-3 thanks to in-form Toby Crusher (3) plus two from Chet Butler and a solo effort to Nick Bowes. Ross Thorpe and Rob Williams replied for the Rye's.
In Div.1 Ryedale A's Stephen Temple, Mike Fenby and Mike Wheatley could only muster a win each against Amotherby A's Dave Smith but found unbeatable player quality in Mikey Arnold and Milo Cupik who took all the points in a 7-3 victory. Whitby crushed Ryedale B 10 nil thanks to man of the match Dave Williams, Barbara Kearney and Bob Evans whose impressive play proved too good for plucky opponents Alec Hodgson, Trevor Teasdale and Peter Lee. In form Coneysthorpe A cruised up to mid table with a resounding win over Ryedale C's John Freeman, Barry Todd and Jan Bryan. Tim Smith, Joe Suchecki and Dave Quinlan bagged all the points to win 10-0. Swinton players Oldfield (2), Cuthbertson (1) and Swindell (1) were in dogged and determined mood against in form Hutton A's Young (3) Needham (2) and Bailey taking four valuable points but couldn't prevent the title holders running out 6-4.
Div.2 leaders Alan Kirkwood, Mick Carter and Jean Wardman of Ryedale F came down to earth with a bump when playing their E team, finding Russ Scott and Dave Burnham in superb form and with Linda Scott (1) they secured an emphatic 8-2 win. Ryedale D took full advantage to leapfrog into top spot as they overcame Amotherby B 9-1. John Gascoyne and Andy Paton led the way unbeaten plus a brace to Barry Rudd, Nick Knight securing the solitary point for the opposition. Hutton B showed no mercy as they trounced Amotherby C's Andy Holmes, Malcolm Sims and Josh Blakeston 10-0. Andrew Grayson, Chris Parker and Ollie Braithwaite were all too good on the night. Coneysthorpe B had a morale boosting win over FERA thanks to an unscathed performance from star man Tom Walsh, and with a pair to Eddie Prest plus a single to James Allen they won 7-3 overcoming a resolute display from Patrick Hough (2), Aled Griffiths (1) and Chris Richards.
All the matches in Div. 3 saw the winners scraping home by the narrowest of margins. Westow had top man Colin Payne in superb form, ably supported with a brace from Sara Winn-Darley, the two pairing up to ensure a 6-4 win over Helmsley table toppers Toby Crusher (2) Nick Bowes (1) and John Toll (1). VTS Design fell short when they lost 6-4 to Hutton C. Bradley Train and Barnaby Blacker both won two each but lost the doubles thus ensuring that a brace to Mircea Voicu and Angela Parker plus a single to Barbara Johnson was enough to see the victors home. Newcomers John Stott, Rob Wilkinson and Joan Swindell for Ryedale H all won games in a very competitive match but had no answer to Amotherby D's man of the match Richard Brown and with Harvey Leggett scoring two they paired up to ease home 6-4.
Div 1 leaders Ryedale A drafted in Adam Ridley and he took the accolades with team mates John Flintoft and Mike Fenby, all undefeated in a 9-1 win over their B team, but it wasn't all plain sailing with the B's Ed Wardman losing all his games in five and Trevor Teasdale likewise in one game. Hutton A with matches in hand, stay in touch after dispatching Coneysthorpe A 7-3. Tom Needham and Paul Young won all their games including the doubles for Hutton, with the Coney’s Tim Smith, Jo Suchecki and Dave Quinlan all overcoming Jim Bailey. Swinton's draw with Amotherby A could have been better had Steve Oldfield won his 5 setter against Milo Cupik who showed quality to win all his games, with teammate Tom Thorp chipping in with a brace. However two from Pat Swindell plus singles to Steve Oldfield and Paul Cuthbertson saw the fightback complete with a tight fought doubles win.
In Div.2 in an evenly contested derby match, 3rd place Ryedale E entertained table toppers Ryedale D with Dave Burnham the star man for the home side winning all three games and Russ Scott a single but that was as good as it got, as the E's John Gascoyne and Andy Paton scored a brace each and with a solo effort from Barry Rudd plus the doubles, saw them scrape home 6-4. Amotherby B cemented their mid-table position with an 8-2 win over their C team players, Andy Holmes (1), Malcolm Sims and Josh Blakeston. Nick Knight and man of the match Ken Darby were unbeaten with a couple to Ian Dawson. Coneysthorpe B fielded a strong line up in Malcolm Haswell, Eddie and Wendy Prest all of whom won two each to take the match 6-4 against 2nd place Ryedale F's Jean Wardman, Mick Carter and Alan Kirkwood who all won one game each along with the doubles.
In Div.3 Ryedale G visited Westow and in an enthralling match came out victors 6-4 thanks to a top performance from Robert Williams with a trio of wins backed up by an Andrew Dent brace and a single to Peter Whitfield. Colin Payne (2) and Sara Winn-Darley (1) for Westow fought back to win the doubles and hold on to 2nd spot. Helmsley remain in 1st place thanks to a 7-3 win over Amotherby D's Andy Studdart, Harvey Leggett and Linda Clarke. Toby Crusher and Nick Bowes did all the damage with Max John unfortunate to miss out after an impressive debut. A collective team spirit saw Hutton C overcome Ryedale H. Angela Parker took the honours with a brace each to Barbara Johnson and Mircea Voicu, the Rye's John Stott and Ian Hutchinson taking a game each with Rob Wilkinson an unlucky loser.
Hutton A rode their luck in a pulsating match which saw a win 9-1 at Whitby, with star man Joel Wright and Paul Young both undefeated, backed up with a Tom Needham brace. Whitby's valiant players, Barbara Kearney, Bob Evans and Dave Williams gave their all against the champions who now hold pole position in Div.1. Ryedale A lost ground when they only won 6-4 against Swinton. Stephen Temple won three for the Rye's coupled with a Mike Fenby double and a single to Mike Wheatley. Swinton responded with two from Pat Swindell and one from Paul Cuthbertson, both pairing up to take the doubles. Adam Ridley took the man of the match award for Ryedale B with a trio of wins supported by Dave Burnham (2) and Alec Hodgson (1) as they overcame their C team 7-3 who replied with a brace from Titch Temple and a solo effort to Barry Todd. Tim Smith, Joe Suchecki and Dave Quinlan for Coneysthorpe A could only muster a game each at Amotherby A as they went down 7-3 thanks to two handsome displays from Tom Thorp and Ben Lockyer with Arthur Sorley finishing empty handed.
In Div.2 Ryedale E now sit top of the table after playing and beating Amotherby C home and away winning with consummate ease 10 nil and 8-2. Dave Burnham and Russ Scott shared the accolades supported by Linda Scott, Andy Holmes, Malcolm Sims and Josh Blakeston's quality not reflected in the final scores. FERA earned a creditable draw playing Ryedale F for whom Alan Kirkwood and Mick Carter bagged two each with a Jean Wardman single. FERA's undefeated star man Aled Griffiths teamed up with Patrick Hough (1) to win the doubles. John Gascoyne, Andy Paton and Barry Rudd all got on the score sheet for Ryedale D when playing Coneysthorpe B but had no answer to man of the match Malcolm Haswell who paired up with Tom Walsh to win and save the match 5-5. Amotherby B visited a depleted Hutton B team of Chris Parker and Ollie Braithwaite and showed no mercy winning 8-2 thanks to a Ken Darby treble plus a pair each to Ian Dawson and Nick Knight.
In Div.3 VTS Design had their best win since joining the league winning 9-1 against Ryedale G. Carrick Blacker and Bradley Train were on excellent form backed up by a Barnaby Blacker double, Ross Thorpe just saving the G's blushes. Helmsley cemented their position at the top with an emphatic 9-1 demolition of Hutton C, who other than Angela Parker (1) had no answer to either Toby Crusher and Nick Bowes, both undefeated and a Chet Butler brace. A closely contested affair between Ryedale G and Westow saw the match end all square. A Robert Williams double with singles to Andrew Dent and Ross Thorpe plus the doubles cancelled out Sara Winn-Darley's treble and Colin Payne's pair.
In Div.1 Tom Needham clinched the man of the match award unbeaten alongside Paul Young, and with a brace from Jim Bailey plus the doubles it ensured a comprehensive 9-1 win over bottom club Ryedale C. Titch Temple, unlucky not to beat Paul Young over 5 games, secured the solitary point. Whitby lost ground on the top two as they fell heavily when entertaining Amotherby A, who had Ryan Hood and Tom Thorpe in treble winning form coupled with a single to Dave Smith. A doubles victory saw them run out 8-2, Whitby's Barbara Kearney and Vic Wilson the solitary winners. Swinton sit mid table after beating Ryedale B 7-3. Man of the match Pat Swindell and Paul Cuthbertson again won all the points defeating Ed Wardman, Alec Hodgson and Dave Burnham who all gained a point over Ray Mitchell.
In Div.2 Ryedale E increased their lead at the top with a resounding 8-2 victory over Hutton B, star man Russ Scott with Dave Burnham again unbeaten and Linda Scott unlucky to only win one. Hutton's Chris Parker (1), Ollie Braithwaite (1) and Mircea Voicu battled hard but to no avail. In their 2nd match of the week Hutton B fared better when entertaining FERA. An Ollie Braithwaite treble, a brace from Chris Parker and a single to Angela Parker, saw them to a 7-3 win. FERA tried to stay in touch but could only muster a Patrick Hough double and a solo effort from Aled Griffiths. Depleted Coneysthorpe B could only turn out two players against Amotherby C but still managed to run out 6-4 victors thanks to a trio of wins to Tom Walsh and a couple from the ever dependable Eddie Prest, the two ensuring victory with the doubles, Andy Holmes, Malcolm Sims and Josh Blakeston getting points on board for Amotherby.
Just two matches were played in Division 3 which saw VTS Design move into mid table after soundly beating newcomers Ryedale H 10 nil. Carrick Blacker took the man of the match award ahead of team mates Barnaby Blacker and Bradley Train, all unbeaten on the night. Harry Gascoyne, Rob Wilkinson and Joan Swindell in their first season competed enthusiastically but lost out to player quality. Westow moved into 2nd spot after beating Hutton C 8-2. John Clayton made a rare appearance and promptly took the night’s honours as he remained unbeaten alongside Colin Payne, with fellow player Roger Dunning securing a single. In a competitively sporting encounter Barbara Johnson and Angela Parker won a game each with Mathew Bedford gaining experience with each match.
At the Christmas break Amotherby A have leapfrogged into top spot after demolishing Ryedale C 10 nil. John Freeman, Barry Todd and Jan Bryan were unable to respond to the all-out attack from Ryan Hood, Tom Thorp and Arthur Sorley but having got to No1 can they stay there? Hutton A will not give up their crown without a fight but they lost valuable ground playing Ryedale B. Chris Parker playing up from the 2nd Div. found the going tough losing all his games and with Jim Bailey only winning one, it was left to Tom Needham to shore up the side taking all three games. Credit to Ryedale B's Alec Hodgson and Trevor Teasdale with a brace apiece and a Peter Lee single to see the match end 5-all. Whitby stayed in contention and closed the gap at the top with fine 7-3 victory over Ryedale A. A trio of wins saw Dave Williams take the man of the match award ahead of teammates Bob Evans (2) and Dave Hildreth (1). The Rye's, not good enough on the night, replied with two from Stephen Temple and a single to Mike Fenby. Coneysthorpe's Malcolm Haswell, Tim Smith and Dave Quinlan all scored points before taking the doubles to ensure a draw at Swinton who responded with a treble from star man Steve Oldfield and a brace to Paul Cuthbertson, leaving both teams mid table.
Ryedale E held on to pole position after overcoming Amotherby B's Nick Knight (1) Ken Darby (1) and Ian Dawson. In form players Dave Burnham and Russ Scott were unscathed with a trio of wins each and with a solo effort from Linda Scott plus the doubles they cruised to victory 8-2. Ryedale F welcomed back Andrew Malley who responded by winning all his games. Jean Wardman chipped in with a brace and a single to Alan Kirkwood saw them scrape home 6-4 past Amotherby C who fought back with two from Malcom Sims, a single to Josh Blakeston plus the doubles. FERA had an excellent win over promotion hopefuls Ryedale D 6-4. Aled Griffiths and Patrick Hough led the way with a pair each, taking the doubles after a solo effort from Vahid Mojtahed. The Rye's responded with a couple of wins each to John Gascoyne and Barry Rudd. Coneysthorpe B sit comfortably in the table after inflicting defeat on Hutton B 8-2. Tom Walsh and Dave Allen shared the honours - both unbeaten, plus a James Allen single, a below par Hutton replying through Chris Parker and Ollie Braithwaite. Helmsley are deserved leaders of Div.3, having lost only one match, they brought VTS Design down to earth with a 9-1 win to strengthen their position, Nick Bowes, Toby Crusher and Chet Butler giving only one gift away to VTS's Barnaby Blacker. Amotherby B had a comprehensive victory over Hutton C to take them into the festive break with renewed vigour. Richard Brown and Linda Clark were in sparkling form supported by Andy Studdart (1) and won 8-2 against Angela Parker (1), Mathew Bedford (1) and David Grayson. Andrew Dent, Peter Whitfield and Ros Thorpe of Ryedale G entertained their H team and ran out comfortable winners 8-2. John Stott replied with a commendable brace with Ian Hutchinson and Joan Swindell enjoying the competitive learning curve.
In Div.1 Hutton A played a pre-Christmas catch up against title hopefuls Amotherby A and won 9-1 before having to play them again two weeks later in the reverse fixture. Once again Tom Needham, Joel Wright and Paul Young oozed quality to win 7-3 against Ryan Hood, Tom Thorpe and Mikey Arnold who secured a brace beating Joel and Paul. Coneysthorpe A's Joe Suchecki, Tim Smith and Dave Quinlan were in sparkling form as they routed Ryedale B 10-0 with the Rye's Ed Wardman and Alec Hodgson in dogged and determined mood but unlucky to lose out on their 5 setters. Whitby started the match a man down and immediately lost three points hosting Swinton who eventually won 7-3 with Paul Cuthbertson and Pat Swindell undefeated. John Hanson and Vic Wilson put in a resolute display taking the doubles as well as beating Ray Mitchell. Ryedale C played their 'A' team and found both Mike Fenby and John Flintoft in unbeatable form. Coupled with the doubles and a single to Mike Wheatley it ensured a comfortable 8-2 victory. Titch Temple and Jan Bryan got the points for the C team.
Div.2 leaders Ryedale D crushed Amotherby C 10 nil, John Gascoyne, Andy Paton and Barry Rudd showing no mercy to Andy Holmes, Malcolm Sims and Josh Blakeston. Ryedale E called up reserve player Ros Thorpe against FERA and she responded to the challenge winning one game, with Linda Scott doing likewise. That left to Russ Scott to save the match as he won all his games. Undaunted by the high flyers, Aled Griffiths and Patrick Hough scored a brace each and won the doubles to secure a well-deserved 5 all draw. Ryedale F took on Hutton B's Ollie Braithwaite, Chris Parker and Barbara Johnson and came out tops 7-3 thanks to two unbeaten displays from Mick Carter and Alan Kirkwood plus a single to Jean Wardman. Chris and Ollie both secured wins plus the doubles.
In Div. 3 table toppers Helmsley march on as they dispatched Ryedale H 8-2. A solid team performance saw Toby Crusher win all three games, ably supported by Nick Bowes and Chet Butler with a pair each. The Rye's battled hard and John Stott and Harry Gascoyne were duly rewarded with a game each. John Clayton, Sara Winn-Darley and Roger Dunning all won two games apiece and then the doubles to overcome VTS Design 7-3 who had Bradley Train to thank for winning all his games. Ros Thorpe for Ryedale G took the accolades with an unblemished display and backed up by a Peter Whitfield brace and a Rob Williams solo effort they secured a comfortable 7-3 win over Hutton C who replied with an Angela Parker double and a single to Mircea Voicu.
In Div.3 1st met 2nd and it was leaders, Helmlsey, who took the honours 6-4 thanks to man of the match Phil Trevelyan with a trio of wins supported with a brace from Toby Crusher. Westow battled to the end with wins all round for John Clayton, Sara Winn-Darley and Roger Dunning, just missing out in the doubles. Ryedale H had a morale boosting win over Amotherby D 8-2 thanks to unbeaten performances from John Ellis and Harry Gascoyne plus a single to Rob Wilkinson. Andy Studdart and Alan Mitchell taking a game each for Amotherby. There was nothing to pick between VTS Design and Hutton C as the result ended all square. Bradley Train, unbeaten, was the star man for VTS with partners Mark Foster and Conner Gore taking a single each. Hutton responded with a brace apiece to Mircea Voicu and Angela Parker who paired up to win the important doubles and ensure a 5-5 draw.
In Div.1 Whitby had a comprehensive victory over Ryedale C, steamrolling them into a 10 nil defeat. Titch Temple, Jan Bryan and Barry Todd outperformed by Dave Williams, Bob Evans and Barry Pearson. Hutton A march on thanks once again to two unbeaten displays from Paul Young and Tom Needham as they overcame Coneysthorpe A 7-3 for whom Tim Smith, Russ Barton and Joe Suchecki gained solace as they overcame Jim Bailey. Russ Grimshaw stepped into the breach for Amotherby A and scored a valueable point when beating Swinton's Ray Mitchell. Team mate Ben Lockyer showed the way with three wins and reinforced with a Tom Thorpe brace they won 7-3. For Swinton Steve Oldfield recorded a brace and Pat Swindell a single. Adam Ridley was the man of the match for Ryedale B taking all three games but that was as good as it got as opponents Stephen Temple, John Flintoft and Mike Fenby for Ryedale A all beat Ed Wardman and Alec Hodgson before securing the doubles for a 7-3 win.
In Div.3 Helmsley march on, increasing their lead at the top, after a sparkling performance saw them cruise to victory 9-1 over Amotherby D. A trio of wins each for Toby Crusher and Nick Bowes and a brace for Chet Butler saw them overcome Andy Studdart, Alan Mitchell and Richard Brown who was the only one to record a win. Hutton C visited Ryedale H and a strong team display saw them take the match 7-3 thanks to star man Mircea Voicu with a treble, a pair to Angela Parker and one to Barbara Johnson, plus the doubles. For the Rye's John Ellis showed his experience to win two games and Ian Hutchinson a single.
As the league enters the final month of competition, Division 1 leaders Hutton A hold prime position with a 20 point lead in the bag after defeating bottom Club Ryedale C 8-2. Both Paul Young and Tom Needham secured a trio of wins each with Jim Bailey getting a single. The Rye's battled hard and deserved more than the points won by Titch Temple and Jan Bryan. Ryedale A had a hard fought match with Coneysthorpe A and were lucky to emerge 7-3 winners over Joe Suchecki (1), Dave Quinlan (1) and a luckless Russ Barton. Thankfully star man John Flintoft and Stephen Temple were on the top of their game taking maximum hauls plus a single to Mike Fenby. Ryedale B were indebted to Peter Lee's 5 star display against Swinton. His trio of wins plus singles to Ed Wardman and Alec Hodgson put them on the brink of a win but a brace each from Paul Cuthbertson and Pat Swindell who then teamed up to take the doubles in five sets and ensure a creditable 5-all draw.
Just one match got played in Div.3 with Ryedale G taking on Amotherby D and it was Ryedale who came out tops 8-2 thanks to man of the match Rob Williams with a treble backed up with a brace each from Andrew Dent and Peter Whitfield. Linda Clark picked up the points for Amotherby with Ruth Wilson and Alan Mitchell having an off night.
In a week when the snow took its toll on fixtures, some hardy teams braved the weather, like Swinton in Div. 1 who visited 'The Fridge' to play Coneysthorpe A only to find Joe Suchecki, Tim Smith and Dave Quinlan in red hot form. Numerous games were evenly contested throughout the evening but the points at the end of the night went to Coneyesthorpe 9-1, Swinton's solitary win coming when Pat Swindell beat Dave Quinlan. Hutton A are on the brink of retaining their Div. 1 cup after visiting Amotherby A, albeit with a depleted team. Paul Young and Joel Wright who have only lost four games between them this season overcame Tom Thorpe, Ryan Hood and Dave Smith to emerge unbeaten and take the match 7-3. With Amotherby losing, Ryedale A still have an outside chance of finishing runners up. Their 8-2 victory over Ryedale C came thanks to two unbeaten performances from star men Mike Fenby and Stephen Temple, supported by Ed Wardman who chipped in with a brace. Once again the C team made the opposition sweat for their wins with John Freeman the solitary singles winner, teaming up with Titch Temple to take the doubles.
In Div 2 front runners Ryedale D whitewashed Andy Holmes, Malcolm Sims and Josh Blakeston of Amotherby C. John Gascoyne, Andy Paton and Barry Rudd have consistently displayed their talents but having played three matches more they are now looking nervously over their shoulders at stablemates 'E' and 'F' who can overhaul them providing they win comprehensively. Coneysthorpe B had the short trip to Amotherby B who unfortunately were a man down and never recovered from conceding those 3 points as they eventually lost 8-2. Man of the match for Coneysthorpe was the unbeaten Tom Walsh with a pair of wins apiece to Eddie Prest and James Allan. For Amotherby Marcelo Lopez showed his potential for the future with a brace.
In Div. 3 Helmsley could theoretically slip up but with two matches in hand it is looking increasingly likely that they will be playing up a division next season. They consolidated their position with a 7-3 win over VTS Design who have themselves performed well over the winter. Toby Crusher and Phil Trevellyan did the damage winning all their games with Chet Butler taking a single, losing out to VTS's Bradley Train and Barnaby Blacker.
With the Div.1 table topping clash between Hutton and Ryedale A postponed the door was left ajar for Amotherby A to take second spot, which they did but only just as they scrapped a draw with Ryedale B, thanks to a brace from Ryan Hood and Arthur Sorley plus a single to Tom Thorpe. The Rye's Adam Ridley was there in the side taking the nights honours, unbeaten plus a solo effort to Ed Wardman before both paired up to win the crucial doubles. Swinton's Pat Swindell and Paul Cuthbertson were on top form winning all their singles and the doubles to defeat Ryedale C 7-3 and thus ensuring their Div.1 status. The C team’s Titch Temple, Jan Bryan and Andy Paton all overcame Ray Mitchell. Coneysthorpe, unable to raise a team conceded the match to Whitby 10-0.
In Div.2 2nd place Ryedale E dropped valuable points in their quest for promotion. Firstly against Coneysthorpe B they fell victim to star man Malcom Haswell who bagged a treble and with Dave Allen securing a brace and a Tom Walsh single they comfortably overcame Dave Burnham (2), Russ Scott (1) and Linda Scott, 7-3. Things didn't improve when they entertained 3rd place Ryedale F who had already demolished Amotherby B 9-1.Talisman Andrew Malley held on to his unblemished record and with a brace from team mate Allan Kirkwood the match was there to be won but Dave Burnham, Russ and Linda Scott all responded stoically to the challenge and fought back to take the final doubles game and secure a draw. Those results left Ryedale D in the driving seat and star player Andy Paton (3), Barry Rudd (1) and John Gascoyne (2) took full advantage to overcome Hutton B 7-3 who had the much improved Ollie Braithwaite winning two and the dogged Chris Parker a single.
Congratulations to Toby Crusher, Nick Bowes, Chet Butler and Phil Trevellyan from Helmsley who have secured the Div.3 title with a match to spare. They took the honours, as they have done all season with another stand out performance when beating Ryedale G 8-2 with trebles to both Phil and Chet and a single to Nick, plus the doubles. Well done all four. Westow with 3 matches to go look set for the runners up spot after they won convincingly 7-3 against Ryedale H. Star player John Clayton was ably supported with braces from Colin Payne and Sara Winn-Darley. Ian Hutchinson was the sole responder for Ryedale and also took the doubles with Harry Gascoyne. VTS Design and Amotherby D sit mid-table and their encounter finished even at 5- all. A single to Barnaby Blacker added to a pair of wins to Bradley Train and Carrick Blacker was cancelled out by man of the match Richard Brown (3) and Linda Clark (1) who then won the doubles.
In Div.1 Hutton A wrapped up their season in fine form to once again take the champion’s crown after visiting Swinton and winning 8-2. With games keenly contested they were made to work hard to win the match but once again it was Paul Young and Tom Needham who just had that little extra ably assisted by the up and coming Ollie Braithwaite. It was fitting in the final week that Ryedale A and Amotherby A clashed to decide who would finish runner up and it was Amotherby who responded to the challenge, taking the accolades with a comprehensive 9-1 victory. A solid all round team performance saw star men Milo Cupric and Ryan Hood stay undefeated with a brace from Tom Thorpe. Other than Mike Fenby, Ryedale had no answer to a team oozing quality and worthy of that 2nd spot. Whitby are always strong when playing away and that proved the case when visiting Ryedale B. Trebles from Dave Williams and Bob Evans plus a brace to Barbara Kearney saw the seasiders cruise home 9-1 against Ed Wardman (1), Alex Hodgson and Trevor Teasdale. Coneysthorpe A inflicted the same score line on Ryedale C, Jo Suchecki and Dave Quinlan rounding off the season undefeated on the night with Tim Smith securing a couple. John Freeman was the solitary victor for the Rye's.
In Div 2 John Gascoyne (3), Andy Paton (3) and Barry Rudd (2) sealed top spot overcoming Amotherby B with an emphatic display 9-1, Ken Darby (1) saving his team’s blushes. Ryedale E consolidated their position to take the runners up spot after firstly beating FERA 7-3 before taking on 3rd place Ryedale F and crawling over the line 6-4. Dave Burnham, Russ and Linda Scott are now facing a play-off against Ryedale B of the 1st Div. FERA and Coneysthorpe B sit comfortably in mid table and there was little to choose between them with the Coney's top man Tom Walsh, Dave Allan and James Allan edging the match 6-4. FERA with an Aled Griffiths brace and a single to Patrick Hough paired up to take the doubles. Amotherby C's Andy Holmes, Malcolm Sims and Josh Blakeston all won one but couldn't overcome Hutton B's Chris Parker and Ollie Braithwaite who both scored trebles plus the doubles to seal a 7-3 victory.
Div.3 Westow’s quest to be runners up stalled when playing champs Helmsley who strolled to an 8-2 win thanks to a Nick Bowes treble and braces apiece to Toby Crusher and Chet Butler but disappointment was short lived as when playing Ryedale H they won 9-1 to claim 2nd place. Trebles from John Clayton and Sara Winn-Darley and a solo effort from Colin Payne were the reward for an excellent season. Amotherby D had a close encounter with Ryedale H winning 6-4, an unbeaten Linda Clark taking the honours backed up by Alan Mitchell (2) and Andy Studdart (1). The Rye's responded through Ian Hutchison (2) and John Stott (1) plus the doubles. Hutton C ran out 7-3 victors over VTS Design thanks to Angela Parker’s treble plus a pair each to Barbara Johnson and Mircea Voicu, Bradley Train (2) and Connor Gore responding with the doubles.
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