Lead­ing man Matthew tar­get­ing sil­ver­ware

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - BAD­MINTON JOANNA PENDLE­TON

MATTHEW Not­ting­ham is determined to turn top spot into sil­ver­ware when he com­petes in the Na­tional Bad­minton League Fi­nals Day with his Sur­rey Smash­ers.

This year saw the in­au­gu­ral Na­tional Bad­minton League get un­der­way, Macclesfield lad Not­ting­ham turn­ing out for Sur­rey Smash­ers.

And the 22-year-old has cer­tainly played his part, help­ing his side fin­ish top of the ta­ble with just one loss from five games.

The hard work is not over yet though as Not­ting­ham will now pre­pare him­self for June 7 and Fi­nals Day, Sur­rey Smash­ers set to play fourth-placed Lough­bor­ough Sport for a spot in the show­piece later that day.

And with the hon­our of be­ing the first play­ers to lift this new piece of sil­ver­ware up for grabs, Not­ting­ham knows his side have won noth­ing yet.

“It’s been a re­ally good sea­son for us,” he said. “We started off with a good 4-1 win over MK Bad­minton and I do be­lieve that set us on the way to top­ping the ta­ble at the end of the sea­son.

“The last game against Birm­ing­ham was prob­a­bly the high­light for me so far as we came from two sets down to win 3-2 in my game and then we ended up win­ning the match 4-1 to top the league.

“Sit­ting top of the league go­ing into the play-offs does give us an ad­van­tage, es­pe­cially a men­tal ad­van­tage over the other teams as they know we’ve only lost one game all sea­son and we did beat Lough­bor­ough dur­ing the sea­son.

“They will be wary of us but they’ll also come back fight­ing as well, so we have to be wary. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it; it’s go­ing to be a good game.”

And de­spite head­ing to Craw­ley as the team to beat, Not­ting­ham is not about to take any­thing for granted against an un­pre­dictable Lough­bor­ough Sport out­fit.

“It means a lot to get to the play-offs, that was the goal,” he added.

The UK’s first ever Na­tional Bad­minton League (NBL) sea­son comes to a thrilling fi­nale on Sun­day, 7 June, at K2 Craw­ley. Tick­ets are now avail­able at

●● Matthew Not­ting­ham

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