Archway ‘B’ guaranteed Christmas top spot in Division 1 of the Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League following two victories.
They firstly defeated two-man Stamford School 9-1, whose season has recently been affected by injury and unavailability. Steven Gray and Mohit Bubhira each won both of their matches and joined up to also secure the doubles point. A tougher fixture was against Braunston ‘A’ and victory was only confirmed in the doubles. Again, Steven Gray was unbeaten, and Stephen Williams earned two invaluable points to balance out Brian Bodycote’s two wins for the villagers.
However, Braunston ‘A’ continued their promising season with a 7-3 win over Stamford School. Martyn Brunning won three times while Carl Slevin and Brian Bodycote each won twice. Leigh Ware found form as the evening progressed to win twice for the school.
In the final match, champions Archway ‘A’ earned an 8-2 victory over Uffington CC ‘A’. Daniel Fielding and Shaun Murray were each unbeaten to retain the pressure on their clubmates at the top of the table.
No fewer than six teams in Division 2 can still hope for honours in the second half of the season. Bourne ‘B’ presently head the table following a 10-0 drubbing of Bourne ‘C’ with Stuart Wills, Joe Orford and Chris Holland all enjoying successful evenings.
Nomads move into second with an impressive 7-3 win over previously unbeaten Braunston ‘B’. Nick McDowall won three times for Nomads, and Wes Durston twice. Bill Seese replied with a brace for Braunston. However, Braunston duly returned to winning ways against Stamford Free Church and the strength of their squad was evident with a completely changed trio of players. David Webb and Basil Bagshaw earned three wins apiece while Paul Gibson picked up a brace in a 9-1 victory.
Bourne ‘A’ have games in hand on their rivals and earned a 7-3 victory over bottom club Bourne ‘C’. Ziggy Poberezniuk and Clive Jackson picked up the necessary wins to ensure maximum points.