New Milton C’s Seize The Moment! (Final Week League Matches)
The New Milton Table Tennis Club came up with three wins in the final week of the Bournemouth and District league, all of which came at the expense of their own teams in the four local derbies. The A, B and E teams weren’t in action as they all had byes in the final week, which left the other teams slugging it out for bragging rights.
It was sweet revenge for the C team in Div 2 as they reversed a first-round 4-6 defeat against the D team with a 9-1 trouncing in their return match. This maximum-pointer leap-frogged them over their E team to third place after a stunning string of results in the run-in.
Div 3 saw the F team vie with their G team for a relegation place as they started the week second from bottom and third from bottom respectively. With both teams fighting for their lives, the F team managed to overcome a 3-7 first-round defeat with a 5-5 draw, but it wasn’t enough to prevent them falling through the trap-door to Div 4.
In Div 4, the H and J teams were already doomed so it was just a matter of who ended up at the bottom of the pile. This encounter resulted in the Jays staying bottom as they lost by 2-8 despite beating their club mates 6-4 first time around. “H” captain Les Smith (pictured below) definitely saved his best for last as he came up with his first (and last) hat-trick of the campaign.
The Div 5 clash between the K and bottom-placed L team went with the form book as the Kays did the double over their stable mates with a 6-4 win at the Arnewood School.
Full results details are below:-
New Milton D 1 New Milton C 9
(D Team: Terry Jenvey 1, Chris Pusey 0, Bob Fagan 0)
(C Team: Svet Ignatov 3, Malcolm Floyd 3, Dave Cuddon 2)
New Milton F 5 New Milton G 5
(F Team: Malcolm Nash 1, Ian Linney 2, Eddie Tompkins 1)
(G Team: Bev Scott-Johns 2, Bill Page 0, Clive Pitts 3)
New Milton H 8 New Milton J 2
(H Team: John Parkhouse 2, Danny Williams 2, Les Smith 3)
(J Team: Geoff Biggs 0, Dee Flanagan 2, Malcolm Douglas 0)
New Milton K 6 New Milton J 4
(K Team: Lucy Craddock 1, Lisa McGivney 1, Alex Whitehead 3)
(L Team: Richard Brockbank 2, Sue Wootton-Freeman 0, Sibyl Bartlett 2)