Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-09-02

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47 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 Sport Shuker is set to hold court Chairman wins vote to remain on league board ELITE parasport will return to the nation’s screens this month for the first time since lockdown after the LTA announced the staging of a behind closed doors series for Great Britain’s leading wheelchair tennis players at the National Tennis Centre. Four of Britain’s contingent set to compete at the US Open will be among the players taking to the court for a two-day matchplay event this week featuring Great Britain’s top three ranked men and women, including Fleet’s Lucy Shuker. The LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series has been developed to provide opportunit­ies to Britain’s players to get crucial match practice under their belts ahead of the wheelchair draw at the US Open and the resumption of the ITF Uniqlo Wheelchair Tennis World Tour, and to showcase the sport to fans. Taking place during what would have been the original dates of the Tokyo Paralympic­s, the LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series marks a year to go until the first of the medals will be decided at the reschedule­d Games in Japan. The series is a continuati­on of events the LTA has staged and supported at the NTC to help prepare Britain’s elite tennis players for a return to competitio­n, demonstrat­ing the inclusive nature of the sport with opportunit­ies covering both women’s and men’s tennis and now also wheelchair tennis. New York-bound Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid will be competing in the men’s series alongside Dermot Bailey, with fellow Grand Slam hopefuls and Paralympic medallists Jordanne Whiley and Shuker joined in the women’s draw by Louise Hunt. LTA chief executive Scott Lloyd, said: “We are proud that tennis is leading the way in the return of elite disability sport, and are delighted to be partnering with the BBC to showcase wheelchair tennis to fans across the country. Great Britain has had tremendous success in wheelchair tennis in recent years and the LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series will be vital in helping our players prepare for their return to internatio­nal competitio­n. “It also promises to be a great platform to help raise awareness of tennis as a sport for disabled people. Tennis by its very nature is an inclusive sport, and that is at the very heart of the LTA’s vision. Our disability tennis programme at both a grassroots and elite level has been thriving, and staging these events demonstrat­es our determinat­ion to continue to build on this.” last week revealed Farnboroug­h will host Swindon Supermarin­e for the big kick-off on Saturday September 19. Spencer Day then takes his side to Gosport Borough the following Saturday for their first away game. Due to the Southern League Premier South running with 21 teams this season, free weekends await on Saturday December 12 and Saturday March 20. The longest away trip is pencilled in for Saturday December 19 with a 460-mile round trip to Truro City, which also falls on FA Trophy weekend. Other stand-out fixtures see Hartley Wintney visit the Easy As HGV Stadium on Boxing Day, followed by a visit to Hayes & Yeading United on Saturday January 2. Farnboroug­h take on Hayes & Yeading United in their final home game of the season on the early May Bank Holiday, Monday May 3. The Southern League is scheduled to draw to a close on Saturday May 8 as Farnboroug­h finish the campaign at Merthyr Town. Boro’s full fixture list in full can be viewed at www.farnboroug­hfc. FARNBOROUG­H Football Club chairman Simon Gardener was reelected as a director of The Southern League for a further three years at the AGM on Friday. Gardener had completed his two-year term as a director of The Southern League but was very keen to continue in the role and was one of the nomination­s in the vote. Given the number of candidates outnumbere­d the places on the board, an election was necessary. All 83 member clubs took part in the election and Gardener was successful­ly voted back onto the board for three more years. Speaking after the AGM, Gardener said: “I’m delighted to have been voted to continue as a league director and would like to say a big thank you to all the clubs for their support. “I must also take this opportunit­y to say a massive thank you to everyone connected with Farnboroug­h Football Club. “To have a member on the Southern League board of directors from your club is only possible because of each and every single one of you.” Meanwhile, the Southern League Premier South fixture release day Farnboroug­h Football Club chairman Simon Gardener was re-elected as a director of The Southern League for a further three years Attacking options help the Row recover Hartley Wintney manager Anthony Millerick said: “This was a morale-boosting win over a very good team. Horsham were close to the play-offs when last season ended in March. “They have won all six of their previous matches this pre-season. “We improved greatly in the second half and scored a good third goal from Sam Argent. We have good forward options this season with Argent, Ben Wright, Mitch Parker and Kingsley Eshun.” Wright scored from the spot. The Row then levelled on 54 minutes. Hornets keeper Bentley’s attempted clearance was charged down by Wright and the ball rebounded into the empty net. Hartley had gained an edge helped by the strong flank runs from Ethan Burden and Bird. And after several near misses they scored a good goal to claim the win. A left wing cross from the impressive Dom Morgan Griffiths was headed home by Argent on 78 minutes. the lead when Lee Harding’s right wing cross was scooped over by Harris. Hartley then rallied and their main threat came from the strong running of Kingsley Eshun. The second half began badly for the Row when a back pass two minutes after the restart eluded Luke Williams, leaving Chris Smith to tap into an empty net. Yet Hartley reduced the arrears with a penalty just two minutes later. A Tom Bird cross was handled inside the penalty area and Ben HARTLEY Wintney FC and Horsham served up an entertaini­ng match in their pre-season preparatio­ns on Saturday, with the Row overcoming a two-goal deficit to win 3-2. The Hornets started well and took the lead on eight minutes when a corner from Charlie Harris picked out Will Miles who scored from close range. Sam Argent replied with an effort for the Row a minute later, but was denied by George Bentley. Horsham were on top though and had a good opportunit­y to increase PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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