Pro­mo­tion chase takes a twist with Orm­skirk win

Southport Visiter - - Film Reviews - BY DAVID GRICE

THE bat­tle for pro­mo­tion in di­vi­sion five of the Master Lock & Safe South­port and District Bad­minton League took a vi­tal twist, as Orm­skirk III se­cured a 5-3 vic­tory over then un­beaten lead­ers Formby II.

A strong start in the mixed dou­bles saw Orm­skirk’s third team bat­tle hard to se­cure a vi­tal three points that pulls them fur­ther away from third place side Hes­keth Bank II.

Af­ter well fought wins over sev­eral teams from the chas­ing pack in the last few weeks, Formby II were feel­ing con­fi­dent of go­ing through the sea­son un­beaten.

But with a matchup against sec­ond place side Orm­skirk III next, one more vic­tory would al­most ce­ment their place as di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons.

But it was un­der­dogs that came out of the stalls well and jumped straight into a 2-0 lead.

It be­gan with a 21-18, 21-15 win for top mixed dou­bles pair of Mike Kirby and Jane Wors­ley against Steve Rees and Julie Shin­nick.

It was a much tougher ask for sec­ond mixed dou­bles pair Jack Kin­sey and Vickie Jenk­in­son, who bat­tled past Martin Wilkin­son and Carol Row­lands 13-21, 21-12, 21-14.

Formby re­sponded well as Pe­ter Jones and Vic­to­ria Wolfe halved the deficit with a 21-17, 21-17 vic­tory against Pe­ter Roberts and Miriam Charlesworth.

In the last of the mixed dou­bles matches, Chris Bunclark and Chris­tine Thomas came close to lev­el­ling the match.

But an im­pres­sive turn­around by Orm­skirk’s Jeff Draper and Lou Symes gave Formby a 3-1 lead af­ter pre­vail­ing in three sets 20-22, 21-15, 21-14.

The sec­ond half of the match al­ready saw Formby on the ropes, as Orm­skirk’s first women’s dou­bles pair of Wors­ley and Jenk­in­son eased past Shin­nick and Wolfe in dom­i­nant fash­ion 21-5, 21-8.

As soon as that re­sult was con­firmed, the match as a con­test was over. The first of the men’s dou­bles matches saw Orm­skirk’s Kin­sey and Draper pre­vail against Wilkin­son and Rees 21-18, 21-15.

De­spite Orm­skirk con­firm­ing the three point vic­tory, Formby kept bat­tling hard as set dif­fer­ence could play a role by the end of the sea­son.

It saw two tight straight set wins for the Formby pairs of Jones and Bunclark, and Thomas and Row­lands.

With Formby aim­ing for a re­turn to form, their next cou­ple of matches against rel­e­ga­tion can­di­dates Mawdes­ley V and South­port VII could be the per­fect rem­edy for this slight set­back.

As for Orm­skirk, their fight for fin­ish­ing in the top two is not over. Their up­com­ing clashes with Church­town IV and Hes­keth Bank II could se­cure au­to­matic pro­mo­tion.

Mean­while in the sixth di­vi­sion, it is back to win­ning ways for Wood­vale’s sev­enth team in their 5-3 up­set vic­tory over South­sands IV.

Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing start to the sea­son, the youth of Wood­vale VII could have made a strong turn, and a po­ten­tial late run into the top half of the di­vi­sion.

It was a near per­fect start for the hosts, as Wood­vale won three of the four mixed dou­bles con­tests.

While first and third pairs Greg and Tasha John­son, and Dean Wyke and Lauren Oates came through in straight sets.

Sec­ond pair Jack Sweet­en­ham and Car­rie Newn­ham bat­tled hard to edge out win­ners in three sets 21-14, 15-21, 21-19 against South­sands’ Tom Rigby and Katie Sykes.

South­sands gave them­selves a slice of hope as fourth mixed dou­bles pair Andy Sweeney and Ca­r­ole Moor­croft took down Kasra Mo­hammed and Faye Low­ery 21-12, 21-10.

Al­most un­ex­pect­edly, South­sands man­aged to level pro­ceed­ings with two wins in the men’s dou­bles.

Af­ter los­ing the first set, Tom Rigby and Gra­ham Neale came through against John­son and Sweet­en­ham 15-21, 21-6, 21-15.

De­spite the best ef­forts of young­sters Wyke and Mo­ham­mad, the ex­pe­ri­enced pair of Andy Sweeney and John Marsh came out vic­to­ri­ous 21-19, 21-19.

De­spite the pres­sure com­ing from the vis­i­tors, home side Wood­vale held their nerves to se­cure all the points af­ter win­ning both of the women’s dou­bles en­coun­ters.

Both pairs of Newn­ham and Oates, and John­son and Low­ery bat­tled hard in two com­fort­able sets.

Next up for Wood­vale VII is a cou­ple of fel­low bot­tom half sides West End Park IV, St. Cuth­berts IV. Af­ter that up­set lost, South­sands IV will be look­ing to re­gather their push for pro­mo­tion against pro­mo­tion chasers South­port VIII and strug­glers Hes­keth Bank III.

If you want to keep up to date with the lat­est news, re­sults and league ta­bles, then be sure to check out the league’s of­fi­cial web­site, www.south­port­bad­minton.com.

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