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Holm View Mens B v Rearden Smith Mens B 09/12/2014

The Mens B faced a tough trip to the Welsh Institute of Sport to face a solid Rearden Smith team who would take full advantage of the hot, loud and visibly challenging home conditions! The return of the team captain David and Azad meant there would be some decisions to be made about pairings. Having been unbeaten in their previous two matches it was decided that Mike and Kev would stay together, the established pair of Dave and Azad would be re-formed and David would pair up with Alan in a so far untried combination.

The Perry brothers got the match off to a storming start making short work of their first opponents. However, the other two rubbers were, as in previous matches, proving to be a close affair. At times it looked like the team would be 2-1 down going in to the second round of rubbers. However, with Dave and Azzad notching up a well earned victory in 3 games and David and Alan also battling to a well earned victory in three games the men found themselves 3-0 up! What a start!

The Perry brothers followed up their first win with another quick victory and the 4th rubber was in the bag. Azzad and Dave were involved in another 3 gamer causing the bench several nervous moments before running out winners and securing the match win. Unfortunately David and Alan were not able to win their second rubber losing in 3 games in a tense and hard fought encounter.
5-1 up going in to the final round of rubbers was a strong position to be in and the team now wanted to add as many rubbers as possible to their tally. The Perry brothers had a close first game with their opponents but then made short work of them in the second game to make it 6-1. Dave and Azzad were determined not to go to three games again and secured the seventh rubber in fine style. The new partnership of David and Alan were unable to win their last rubber but it should not be underestimated the importance of them winning their first rubber at the start of the night.

All credit to the Rearden Smith team who battled hard and made the Mens B team earn every point in difficult conditions! The pre-Christmas campaign now over the men will get their racquets re-strung (2 went in the match), rest their tired limbs or continue with re-hab for injuries over the next few weeks! Special thanks must also go to Rob who travelled to the match to support the men and celebrate the win with them afterwards!

Mike Perry

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