Jim Booth's Press Reports from the 2013-14 season:

Gunson and Anon Cup Finals.....
This season ended this week with the last two finals... first up was the Gunson (Handicap) between North Meols C of the 2nd division and conquerors of TTC B in the semi’s and Formby TTC G who finished runners up in the 3rd.  Again ,another difficult one to call , with the Handicap being somewhat pivotal in the Final analysis.   North Meols began very well leading by 6 points after the first two games. Back came Formby to  turn the match around to go ahead by 14 points at the half way stage.  During the next three games Formby increased the pressure and their lead to 62 points, with only one game left could North Meols reduce that deficit. Well they won the first game of the night , and they won the last by 21 points, reducing Formby’s lead to 41 points.... All down to the handicap then,  130 to North Meols, who are the winners by quite a margin. Joy with an element of surprise from North Meols  , utter disappointment from Formby.  Although the result didn’t go their way tonight , what a great season the young Formby team have had , and they can look forward to another in the 2nd Division next season.  Congratulations to both teams for a super nights table tennis, with an added cheer for winners North Meols C.
In the Anon Cup Final , rivalries recommenced between Formby  TTC’s  A and B teams, could the B team clinch the double and emulate the A teams feat of last season... It started very well for the B team with Craig Lowe giving them an early lead. A quick reply was needed , and the A team got it with a Gary Watson win, 1-1 . Back came the B team , Rob Barker winning the battle of the number ones, 2-1 , B team.  Doubles can play a big part in the outcome of any match , and they were on next, what a  treat these  games were. Two fabulous encounters , both close and both won by the B Team, 4-1 , B team.  Could the A team conjure up some wins to get back in the match, alas it was not to be , as firstly  Geoff Pye  and then Rob Barker clinched the match 6-1 for the B team.  Great match , a  great evenings table tennis, with congratulations to both teams , especially Double winners Formby TTC B.   All that was left was the presentation of the Cup, which was done by Mr Bill Bradley (Honorary Life Member and still playing) to the victorious B Team, many thanks to him.
Well that's it for this season, who knows what’s in store for next?  It all starts up again in September , with old faces, new faces , revived ambitions and goals. But one question has to be asked , ‘Can anyone overcome Formby’s dominance’, we will have to wait and see.....

Gunson  &  Anon Plate Finals
With the League season now virtually complete, the first two Finals took place this week.  Both  were Plate Finals, that is for those teams who lost in the First round of the main events.
In the Gunson Plate , there was a great chance for Formby Holy Trinity D to finish on a high after a disappointing league campaign , having finished bottom of the 2nd division. Their opponents were Waddington D , 100% winners of the 3rd division . From the on set it looked a difficult one to call, and so it proved throughout the match , each team taking it turn to seize the initiative . Finally with Holy Trinity winning four and drawing one of the eight games, they still trailed by 16 points, so it all hinged on the opening of the handicap envelope. Tension mounts... It was recognised by all the handicap would probably  favour the Formby side , and those assumptions were correct , 60 points and the match to Holy Trinity... Great contest , great evening , congratulations to both teams for putting on such a show, with an added ‘pat on the back’ to winners Holy Trinity D.
Waddington B from the 1st division and Southport C from the 2nd  contested the Anon Plate Final. Again another super match ensued, with Waddington off to a flying start, winning the first three games to lead 3-0. This could be an early finish, not quite , back came Southport with a straight three of their own , 3-3.  At this point it looked liked ‘the coin was in the air’ which way would the match turn next?  Winning the second of the double matches could prove to be decisive, and it was , 4-3 Waddington.  With that, Waddington went on to clinch the match 6-3, although a great performance by Southport, they just fell short of their 1st Division opponents. As with the Gunson plate the previous evening , great contest ,great evening, congratulations to both teams , especially winners Waddington B......

Southport & District TTL Week 22

With all the major outcomes virtually decided , results this week just ‘rubber stamped ‘ the final positions.
Division 1 winners are Formby TTC B  (178pts) with rivals TTC A (165pts) as runners up. Holy Trinity A (116pts) took third position , Argyle A (110pts)  sneaked forth on matches won  ahead of Southport A (110pts).   Waddington A (53pts) and Argyle B (54pts) finish as the bottom two.
in Division 2 , Holy Trinity B (126pts) take the title  with Southport C (114pts) as runners up. In third are Holy Trinity C (105pts) with Waddington C (99pts) forth. Holy Trinity D (52pts) and Southport B (66pts) occupy the bottom two.
Waddington D in Division 3 need just two points from their remaining rearranged game verses North Meols E to ensure taking top spot. Likely runners up will be Formby TTC G (148pts).  Third place goes to Formby TTC F (106pts) ahead of Southport D (87pts).  Both teams at the bottom North Meols D and E still have a match each to play , however these results will not have any effect on there positions.
Throughout , its been a great season, with twists and turns across the three divisions.  Formby TTC B ran out worthy champions with a 100% record to boot.  Division 2 winners Holy Trinity B’s experience and consistency proved decisive , as did Waddington D’s in the third.  Amidst all the celebrations there was of course a little upset and reflection on what might have been, but overall an extremely  enjoyable season , and there’s always next time! ..... 

Southport & District TTL  Week 21

Lead story this week must go to Formby TTC  B who finally clinched the ‘1st division Title’, now on 168 points they can not be caught. With an 100% record as well, the end result has not been in doubt for quite a while, so congratulations to them.  Their eyes must now be firmly fixed on the Anon Cup Final. Awaiting there is another clash with their A team, who overcame Southport A in the rearranged Semi. Significant match  in prospect there then!   Celebrations (or relief) were also underway at the bottom , Waddington B winning a close fought game at Argyle B. With the Waddington side having a game in hand , it looks likely that they will now escape the bottom two.  Holy Trinity A will finish 3rd ahead of either Argyle A  or  Southport A  whose position will be decided next week.
In Division 2 the Title was also decided , going to Holy Trinity B after a convincing win over their D team . Great consistency throughout the season from a very experienced team has proved decisive, congratulations Holy Trinity B.   Runners up Southport C  must also be pleased with a fabulous season. Holy Trinity  C will finish 3rd  ahead of Waddington C.  Issues at the bottom were already  settled , Southport B and Holy Trinity D occupying  those positions.  Argyle C’s run of three wins from four lifting them well clear of any danger.
Favourites to lift the 3rd Division title, 100% Waddington D , will have to wait till the final week to put an end to Formby TTC G’s great effort .  Formby TTC  F have secured third ahead of a resurgent Southport D who have secured forth after an excellent  run of four  wins from six matches.  Bottom pair North Meols E and D will remain rooted , but with the emphasise at the club of giving all a game and encouraging new players then that must be still be an encouraging season.

Southport & District  TTL  Week 20

Following the win over their A team last week, Formby TTC B increased their lead to 13 points at the top of Division 1 , and with only two games left, and needing 8 points, the title looks assured . However their ambition to do the treble was ended at North Meols  C , where in the Gunson Cup semi they narrowly went down , unable to claw back the handicap given to the 2nd Division side. They must wait to see who they play in the Anon Cup final, another clash with their A team may well be served up, with Southport A  hoping to spoil the party.  At the bottom only a good win for Argyle B against Waddington B next week will enhance their chances of staying clear of the bottom two places, but with the Waddington side having a game in hand, then that may well decide the issue.
Massive week for Holy Trinity B at the top of Division 2, their win at Waddington takes them 4 points clear of 2nd placed Southport C, and with a game in hand and two games to play , the title is there for the taking.  Holy Trinity C are likely to stay 3rd ahead of Waddington C. At the bottom , well that's done and dusted , with Southport B and Holy Trinity D occupying the bottom two. Some welcome cheer awaits  HT D when they tackle Waddington D in the Gunson Plate Final next month.
In Division 3 , Formby  TTC G are still making  a great effort to overhaul Waddington at the top, in fact with Waddington without a game this week they now lead by 3 points. However with a  game in hand it’s still looking like Waddington’s title.  Formby TTC F  will finish 3rd, and a late run by Southport D look like they may well secure  a creditable 4th. No change at the bottom with the two North Meols sides  still cut adrift. 

Southport & District TTL  CUPS WEEK

This week saw the semi finals of the four cup competitions , but with a couple of postponements we will have to wait to see the Final line ups in both main events. Formby TTC B’s triple ambition is still alive with a comfortable win over North Meols  A in the Anon Cup. Their rearranged semi against 2nd Division North Meols C in the Gunson , could well hinge on the handicap , which at this stage of the competition  is concealed in a sealed envelope , only to be opened at the end of the match, more tension there then!  Winners of this intriguing tie will play TTC G from the 3rd Division who came through against 2nd Division Waddington C.
Both Finals of the Plate Competitions (1st round losers) were settled. In the Anon Plate  Southport C overcame North Meols B the result going the way of league position, and  First Division Waddington B had too much for a buoyant North Meols C in the other semi.  Formby HT D’s league disappointments were put to one side with a good win against fellow 2nd Division opponents TTC E in the Gunson Plate. They will meet 3rd Division leaders Waddington D who won a close game against North Meols E.
News from Division 1 is that the clash of the top two resulted in a 7-3 victory for Formby TTC  B over their  A team rivals . Although a  closer game than their first encounter , its looks likely now with only three games to go and a 12 point gap , that the title will be going to the  B team. 
Also one other rearranged  game was played in Division 2 , where Argyle C edged a close game over Southport B. 

Southport & District TTL  Week 19

A massive win for Waddington B takes the headlines this week at the bottom of Division 1 . Their 8-2 win at TTC  D came with some good fortune with the home side unfortunately  losing the services of their number 1 through injury, and  with both Argyle B and Waddington A on the wrong end of heavy defeats , its all back in the balance.  Argyle’s home match against  Waddingtons B team, is certainly  looking  like ‘winner survives’.  Formby TTC A lost ground in the title hunt, dropping points at North Meols, and with games running out its looking increasingly  good for TTC B to clinch the 1st Division title... or have we spoken too soon!
Formby HT B returned to the top of Division 2 with their win over Southport B, and with both Southport C and their C team without a game , they now lead by 2 and 5 points respectively . Having received a report from HT B’s captain describing his sides win, his description of the final match of the evening deserves inclusion, and is as follows...... Tony Bramham (HT) vs  Bill Bradley (Southport), two veterans of the game.
‘ Bradley raced into a commanding two sets to love lead, (11-7, 11-8) and seemed to be carrying on the good form that he had shown earlier in the night when he had lost narrowly to Ted Cramsie over five sets. Tony was finding it difficult to cope with Bill’s solid attacking shots but he rallied in the third set and produced some excellent defensive table tennis to seal the set 11-5. The fourth set was an extremely tight affair that saw Tony save match point to finally take it 13-11. The fifth set was equally as nail-biting an affair and the audience were literally gasping at times because both men brought the best out of each other. Bradley was hitting powerful drives with his forehand, but this inspired Bramham and he pulled off a string of exceptional defensive shots. Consequently, there were a series of long rallies in which it seemed that Bill had won the point several times with smashes, only for Tony to chop the ball back from way back behind the table. Yet Bill appeared to have finally worn down Tony’s resolve and led 10-6. However, somehow through a series of miraculous retrieving shots Tony then levelled the match at deuce. Then, to the onlookers astonishment Bramham continued the momentum and came out on top 12-10’......    Now that's what you call a great game of table tennis,    Elsewhere in Division 2 things stayed more or less the same, leaving things at the bottom to be decided another day. 

In Division 3 Formby TTC G closed the gap on Waddington to 7 points, but with only three games remaining, Waddington look set for the title. Formby TTC F look like they have secured 3rd place, whilst there is no change at the bottom North Meols D trail their E team by 5 points. 

Southport & District TTL  Week 18

With just four weeks left of the season, are things as simple as they look?  Well in Division 1 the battle for the title  between Formby TTC A and B  looks like it may go beyond their encounter in a couple of weeks time, could the result of this match be decisive. Third and forth may well stick at Holy Trinity  A and Argyle A  respectively . At the bottom the chase for points is still on, and with both Waddington teams without a game this week , Argyle B took their chance to go 8 points clear of the two with a good  draw against a slightly understrength TTC D. Waddington B’s visit to Argyle on the 1st of April could well settle things.
Division 2 looks the most exciting , Southport C lead with 98 points from 16 games , 2nd are Holy Trinity C  95  points from 15 games and 3rd are Holy Trinity B  92 points from 14 games.  Key to who finishes top here , could well depend on HT B’s ability to turn draws into good wins and the clash between Southport C and HT C in the last week. At the bottom things could still change around , although HT D’s position does have a look of certainty about it. Argyle C’s two games in hand may well decide things , but  we will have to wait a while yet .

Waddington D lead Formby TTC G at the top of Division 3 by 9 points ,  looking like experience has prevailed over youth, but the young team from Formby has certainly made it a great contest. Third place  has been secured by TTC F , who themselves are 18 points clear of the rest. Bottom team North Meols  D have got to pleased with their second half of the season, equalling their first half total with four games to go, on 40 points they trail their D team by 5.

 Southport & District TTL Week 17

 Divisions 1’s hotspot is definitely at the bottom where the two Waddington teams both on 38 points trail Argyle B on 41 points. Good results for two of the teams this week means  this battle is sure to go to the wire, every point won to count, and with Argyle B’s clash with Waddington B set for the beginning of April, it could all rest on that. Meanwhile at the top results followed a familiar path , anticipation building towards the Formby TTC A verses B return, which is yet to be finalised.
Division 2's main event was the top of the table encounter between leaders Southport C and third placed Holy Trinity B which ended all square, and left things as they were. Still with games in hand Holy Trinity B still looked well placed to top the pile,  but with recent results is their chance starting to slip.  At the bottom  Southport B’s up turn with consecutive wins  over TTC E and fellow strugglers Holy Trinity D, has certainly changed things at the bottom . Could there be a surprising twist here with a couple of teams now looking worryingly over their shoulder .

In Division 3, top two Formby TTC G and Waddington D had no game, so it was left to TTC F to consolidate 3rd place ahead of Argyle D , who again extended their unbeaten run to four games with a win result over Southport E.

Week 16  Southport & District TTL

Division 1 its a case of how you were, Formby TTC B are still out in front ahead of their A Team and Argyle A in third, whilst at the bottom the battle continues between Argyle B and the two Waddington teams.
Southport C maintain top position in Division 2, with both Holy Trinity B and C dropping valuable points to North Meols C and B respectively. Holy Trinity B’s two games in hand still give them the advantage. At the bottom Southport B’s encouraging  win at TTC E lifts them clear of bottom club Holy Trinity D .

With Formby TTC G’s  game been postponed due to player involvement in Finals Night, Waddington D now lead Division 3. Argyle D’s win at North Meols E along with a win and a draw in their previous two games lifts them to 6th in the table, and North Meols D’s recovery continues with a good draw at Southport E.

CUPS  WEEK  Southport &District TTL
This week saw all four Cup Competitions move towards the semi-final stages. In the Anon Cup the final four are Formby TTC B, Southport A , North Meols A and the winners of Waddington A and Formby TTC A . Its possible the draw could throw up another clash of the top two in Division 1,if not probabilities are high for that encounter to be the final ? Southport A earned their place with a terrific win over Argyle A, with the final result being decided on count back, 5-5, 19-19 games and finally 372-364 on points.
North Meols B, Southport C, Waddington B and the winners of Paraplegics and North Meols C will contest the semi’s of the Anon Plate, and with being the only Division 1 side , Waddington B must be favourites , giving them a welcome distraction to their continuing league fight at the foot of the table. Southport C’s win over Holy Trinity D also was a close affair, finishing 5-5 and then 21-17 on games.

Both Gunson (Handicap) competitions have done exactly what there about, in giving lower division teams a fighting chance , and the Handicap Committee have made a  successful fist of creating many close encounters in both events. In the Gunson Cup, the line up is, North Meols C (Div 2), Waddington C (Div 2), Formby TTC G (Div 3) and TTC B (Div 1), whilst the Plates line up  is , Waddington D (Div 3), North Meols E (Div 3), Holy Trinity D (Div 2) and Formby TTC E (Div 2). 

Week 15 Southport & District TTL

In Division 1 an understrength TTC A maintained their pursuit of leaders TTC B (no game this week) with a good win at Southport. At the bottom , the winning of both doubles gave the B team the edge in the Waddington derby, in a very close fought encounter . Argyle B’s 3 points in their derby against an understrength A, kept things very close at the wrong end of the table.
Holy Trinity B’s great unbeaten run finally came to an end against their C team, who now lead the way ahead of Southport C. However with 2 games in hand Holy Trinity B do still look Division 2 favourites .  Waddington C are now 4th , whilst at the bottom , with both Holy Trinity D and Southport B accumulating valuable points, Argyle C may well be advised to watch their backs.

Division 3 has the best story this week with North Meols D’s first victory, a narrow win  over their E team, they still trail by 6 points at the bottom, but it is very encouraging.  At the top with Waddington not having a game Formby TTC G took their chance with an impressive win over TTC H and for the time being lead the Division by 1 point, whilst  TTC F consolidate  3rd place.

Week 14 Southport & District TTL

 In Division 1 unfortunately the TTC A verses B  clash of the top two was cancelled, putting on hold the showdown that would certainly determine where the title ends up. Argyle A are in third, whilst at the bottom Argyle B’s win over Waddington A edges them just above the Waddington pair.
With no game for Division 2 leaders HT B meant both HT C and Southport C took over as the top two, but with 2 games in hand and only 4 points to make up then a return to the top looks certain for the displaced leaders. At the bottom there was no change in the bottom three, HT D ,32pts, Southport B , 35pts and Argyle  C, 47pts.

A bit of a surprise in Division 3 resulted in Waddington D extending their lead to 9pts, the surprise coming in the all Formby  clash F vs G, where the game ended 5-5, cementing the F teams ambitions to finish at least 3rd. With a good win at Southport E , Formby TTC H now move into 4th place.



Southport & District TTL  Week 13

In Division 1, the top two, TTC B & A continue to dominate with their encounter on the 31st probably being decisive. Can the A team claw back 10 points in 8 games. Considering the leaders have only dropped 10 pnts in 12, its a big ask. At the bottom its closer with the two Waddington teams and Argyle B separated by just 4 points, this fight for survival looks like going the distance.
Division 2’s only unbeaten team Holy Trinity B returned to the top, and with a game in hand over 2nd placed Southport C, now look like the team to catch. Their resolve was thoroughly tested in the win over Argyle C, where 5 games went to 5 sets, winning everyone in a great match, where also Argyle showed some of the form of earlier in the season . Southport B and Holy Trinity D are tied at the bottom on 32 points.

Division 3 has a similar scenario to Div.1 where top two Waddington D and TTC G are well out in front. However the gap between the two is now just 5 points, which hopefully signals a close battle through to the end of the season. TTC F seem to have put a deposit down on 3rd place, being 15 pnts clear of 4th placed Southport E. North Meols D still prop up the league, just hope they can muster some luck and record that elusive victory. 

Week 12

Trying not to sound as the record is stuck, but the top two in Division 1 just keep on going, increasing their lead. Formby TTC B are 10 points ahead of their A team in the fight for top place, their meeting on the 31st of this month looking decisive. Southport A are now in 3rd, whilst at the bottom 2 points separate the bottom three of Argyle B and the two Waddington teams.
In Division 2 and with unbeaten Holy Trinity B not playing , Southport C closed the gap on the leaders to just one point. Holy Trinity C are now 3rd with Waddington close behind.  Argyle C’s troubles continued, as does Holy Trinity D’s, who now find themselves at the bottom.

The main event in Division 3 did not disappoint, with experience of Waddington D overcoming the youthful TTC G team. It will not be a surprise when these two get promoted at the end of the season, can anyone catch them ? Maybe Formby TTC F , who lead the chasing  pack should not be written off. At the bottom North Meols  D are still rooted , but with the onus at the club of giving the youngsters/new players a chance then their position is understandable, the only way is up. 

Southport & District TTL (sponsored by Merseyrail) Week 11

 In the much anticipated ‘big one ‘ in Division 1, Formby TTC B were victorious over their A team and now take over at the top. The return match at the end of January, well, should be interesting to say the least.  Argyle A move into 3rd place ahead of  a resurgent Southport A, whilst at the bottom the Waddington teams remain rooted.
Unbeaten Holy Trinity B now lead Division 2 ahead of Southport C and Holy Trinity C. Meanwhile at the bottom Southport B’s luck changed with a good win at a spirited but under strength Argyle C, the win moving them off the bottom, could this be their turning point.
Formby TTC G’s return match with leaders Waddington D on January 10th could be  decisive in the outcome, of the 3rd Division title, it will certainly be one to watch. A closing pack led by TTC F, will be left to battle it out for third place, whilst bottom team North Meols D must hope for a change of fortune in the second half of the season.

Last week also saw the 1st round of the Gunson Cup played, a popular competition for the teams of the 3rd and 2nd divisions, as the higher placed teams are handicapped to give the lower teams a fighting chance. The match format consisting of 8 singles of 5 sets, first to 11, with every point counting. Points are pre- awarded to the lower of the two teams and added at the end of the match, highest total points score wins . Winners of the 1st round are as follows.. Argyle D, Waddington B, Formby TTC H, Formby HT B, North Meols C, Waddington C, North Meol A, North Meols D, Southport B, Formby TTC G, Formby HT A, Formby TTC B, Formby TTC D, Waddington A, Southport D and  Formby TTC F.

Week 10

Leading pair Formby TTC A & B teams continue to stretch their dominance at the top, now 2nd placed TTC B, are 18 points clear of Holy Trinity A with Argyle A, a single point further back in 4th. However the 100% records of both teams will have  been tested  this week when the rearranged match between the two was played, I wonder who came out on top?
At the bottom its very tight with Argyle B, Waddington B and A teams separated by just 5 points.
In Division 2 Holy Trinity B’s commanding win over their D team edges them in front of Southport C at the top who having a free week couldn’t do anything to stop the takeover. Holy Trinity C and Waddington C hold 3rd and 4th spots.
The two horse race in Division 3 was certainly consolidated with emphatic wins by the two top teams, Waddington and TTC G. Formby TTC F hold 3rd spot ahead of Paraplegics.

 Southport & District TTL  Week 9
 Back to league action this week, and in Division 1 it was back to normal service at the top, with the top two Formby TTC teams A & B improving their lead and both remaining unbeaten, although the A teams 8-2 win over their C team could be regarded as two points dropped. The two Waddington teams remain at the bottom.
Division 2 served up the closest of matches between Argyle C and leaders Southport C, with 6 games going to 5 and only one to 3, the outcome was never certain and to be fair could have gone either way. Argyles narrowest of wins enabled Holy Trinity B to close the gap on the leaders to 8 points and with a game in hand and still unbeaten, can Southport C hold on to top spot.
With leaders Waddington not playing this week Formby TTC G took their chance and cut their lead to just 4 points. Paraplegics are third 15 points behind the top two, and that certainly makes it look like a two horse race. Will the experience of Waddington, still unbeaten hold off the young team from Formby. At the bottom North Meols D are still adrift, hoping for their luck to change.

Cup Week

Attentions were turned this week to the 2nd round of the Anon Cup and the 1st round of the Anon Plate(1st round losers of the Anon). 
Waddington A’s win at a weakened Formby TTC C was on paper the surprise of the round, and Formby TTC G’s gallant effort at an under strength North Meols A nearly paid off.  Argyles A & B teams repeated their league result whilst Waddington C & D served up a great match with the outcome decided on sets won.
In the Plate competition the four matches which involved teams from the same division all  ended in narrow wins , with Holy Trinity C left feeling a bit hard done by , in losing their number 2 through injury in his first game they were always going to find it difficult to overcome.

Week 8

No change at the top in Division 1, as the two Formby TTC teams A and B increased their lead after  emphatic results. At the bottom the two Waddington teams find themselves cut a little adrift, with Argyle B making up the bottom three.
In Division 2 Southport C still hold top spot.  Having played a game more than Holy Trinity B and C , Waddington C move into 2nd place.  With their C team perched nicely on top Southport D are unfortunately  propping up the division. However a  great result this week for them against Holy Trinity B could signal a change of fortune.
Again, both with good wins Waddington A and Formby TTC  G stretched there lead in Division 3 , whist at the bottom North Meols  D await for some good fortune of their own.

Southport & District TTL ( sponsored by Merseyrail)
 Week 7
Comprehensive wins for Formby TTC A and B teams meant they stretched their lead at the top of Division 1 with A team 2pts ahead. With  games in hand as well, the chasing pack may well have to settle to battle it out for third.
In Division 2, again not much change at the top, with Southport C leading the  way ahead of Holy Trinity’s C and B teams, Waddington C moving up to 4th after a good win at Southport B.
Southport E’s run of wins ended abruptly at Waddington D, who lead Division 3, ahead of Formby TTC G . Paraplegics close win against  Southport D edges them into 3rd place. 

Week 6

Formby TTCs A & B teams both had impressive wins again in Division 1, with both sides remaining unbeaten and only dropping a point a piece it looks ominous for the rest. Could a full strength Holy Trinity A  or Argyle  A  manage to get in amongst them? only time will tell. 
In Division 2 it was a case of ‘as you were’ with three matches ending in draws and the other in the narrowest of wins , Southport C  remain out in front ahead of Holy Trinity’s B & C teams, with the possibility of closing the gap with both teams having games in hand.
Waddington D moved ahead of Formby TTC G to head Division 3 with an impressive win, confirming these two are the ones to beat. Southport E have moved into 3rd with a three match winning streak, could they be a surprise package.

Week 5

With Formby TTC A having a free week it was a case of getting points on the board, which is exactly what Argyle A  and Formby TTC  ‘B’ did, keeping their noses in front at the top of Division 1.
In Division 2, Formby HT ‘B’ and ‘C’ kept  up the pressure on Southport C, who despite a set back at Waddington still the lead the way.
Formby TTC G and Waddington D both remain unbeaten in Division 3 and it seems even at this early stage a battle between the experience of the Waddington squad and a vastly improving TTC G team will be decisive

Week 4

Three Club derbies in Division 1 all produced close encounters, only Argyle A getting the better of their B team. Formby TTC A continue their relentless form.  Southport C extend their lead at the top of Division 2, ahead of the closing pack which includes Formby HT C and Waddington C.  In Division 3 Paraplegics win over Argyle D move them up to 3rd, but Formby TTC G and Waddington D lead the way. No surprises in the 1st round of the Anon Cup although a very good Waddington D from Division 3 overcame Southport C of Div 2. Two  3rd Division encounters ended in draws being decided on sets won.

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