Match Report | Men’s O55 v Purley
Posted on 30th November 2023
Wednesday 29th November
Once again, Pit Farm found themselves playing away on an alien artificial clay surface.
1st pair, Colin Taylor and James Clarke fought phenomenal sets to take both rubbers winning outright in the first 7-5,6-1 and going to championship tie break in the second winning 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (TB) 10-8. A great combo these two and a pairing to watch for the future. Very complimentary styles with Clarke indomitable with endless, elegant ground stroke returns and Taylor with the ever ready power smash. Solid reliability personified.
Sadly, not the case for the second pair, Captain Jim Langan and John Squires. A disastrous decision to serve first, having won the toss saw the Pit Farm pair serving into the low winter sun. The first rubber was lost 1-6, 4-6, with the team never really establishing itself even though going 4-2 ahead in the second set. The second rubber flew past to a 1-6,1-6 defeat.
Overall the result was a draw with both teams gaining a point in the league table.
Pit Farm is now joint 2nd out of 5 in the division with 2 matches left to play.
Major thanks go to John Squires who willingly stepped in at a late stage to complete the team and did spring many surprises on the opposition with some strong low and powerful serving. The prospect remains of being promoted to Division 5 or, at least, topping Division 6 at the end of this season.
The next match will be against Sutton Churches at Home in January.
Thanks to all players who have participated and I wish you a Merry Christmas.