O55’s Second Half Triumph on Merseyside

Mens County O55 team triumph on Merseyside.

The mens team of John Smith, Ken Johnson, Jim Douglas, Stan Brown and Simon Johnston travelled across to Liverpool to the Northern Crosby club Saturday 28th February for their Division one relegation encounter with Merseyside and Lincolnshire. We were expecting 2 tough matches and given we had no reserves to call on, the 2nd match against Merseyside would prove to be the decider as they had beaten Lincs 3-2 earlier in the day.

We started off exceptionally well versus Lincs with Jim and Simon winning 3-1 and 3-0. John started slowly and never really got into the match and quickly lost 3-0 but with Stan winning 3-1, Ken had no pressure and easily won 3-0 to seal a 4-1 win.

Unfortunately having played at 3pm, we were underway again at 5pm against Merseyside. Jim struggled against a very fit opponent who ran down every ball and lost 3-0, Simon stormed into a 2-0 lead only to see his opponent fight back to 2-2. The fifth game proved to be Simon’s however so all square. Stan also lost the fitness battle 3-1 so it was down to John to keep us in the match. He played a super match from the off and with a combination of mid-court boosts and deceptive drops, he won his match 3-1. So the score 2-2, the pressure was on Ken to deliver and he completely outplayed his opponent winning 3-0.

Northumbria – 32 points

Merseyside – 25 points

Lincs – 11 points

Well done to everyone.

Jim Douglas

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