Ladies at the dou­ble in Vic­to­ria vic­tory

Southport Visiter - - Advertiser Life - BY DAVID GRICE

THE open­ing week of the 2017-18 ‘Mas­ter Lock & Safe’ South­port and Dis­trict Bad­minton League saw many sides send out a mes­sage to their re­spec­tive di­vi­sion ri­vals.

Al­ready show­ing signs of end­ing the cam­paign with some sil­ver­ware are de­fend­ing First Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons Mawdes­ley.

Their 8-0 win over Burscough Pioneers has al­ready put them at top spot along with last sea­son’s run­ners-up Church­town, who matched that score­line against South­port II. With Church­town ac­quir­ing Katie Dixon-Turner to their line-up, they hope that ad­di­tion will be enough to make it five ti­tles in eight sea­sons.

Else­where, Vic­to­ria Hall took an im­pres­sive 6-2 scalp of Wood­vale as the ladies dom­i­nated each of their dou­bles con­tests, led by Lizzie Tol­man. Other wins came from Church­town II with a top 7-1 vic­tory against South­port, and West End Park with a nar­row 5-3 suc­cess over Wood­vale II.

In the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion, pre-sea­son favourites Vic­to­ria Hall II made quick work in their 8-0 win over Wood­vale III. Mawdes­ley II tri­umphed 6-2 against their own third team.

It was a bad start for South­port III. Af­ter be­ing rel­e­gated from the First Di­vi­sion last sea­son, a 6-2 loss to a strong and solid South­sands side meant an open­ing week de­feat for cap­tain Heather John­son and her out­fit.

Also end­ing the week victorious were Tarle- ton with a near-per­fect 7-1 win against Formby.

In Di­vi­sion Three, first-team vet­er­ans Richard and Ni­cola Wil­liams have join­ing Orm­skirk from Vic­to­ria Hall and their pres­ence was highly in­flu­en­tial in their 7-1 win over last sea­son’s Fourth Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons Wood­vale IV.

Look­ing to also com­pete for pro­mo­tion are South­sands II and Hes­keth Bank who came out with im­pres­sive 7-1 wins over South­port IV and Burscough Pioneers II re­spec­tively.

There was more suc­cess for Orm­skirk, as their sec­ond-team claimed quite a scalp as they se­cured a win­ning draw against St Cuth­bert’s.

Di­vi­sion Four saw an early sur­prise as Orm­skirk III adapted quickly af­ter last sea­son’s pro­mo­tion and com­fort­ably saw off a solid St Cuth­bert’s II side 6-2.

Re­cently rel­e­gated Mawdes­ley IV bat­tled through to de­feat Wood­vale’s fifth team 5-3.

As for West End Park III who also got rel­e­gated, they were not able to be­gin their cam­paign with a win as they fell 6-2 to South­port V.

Also col­lect­ing three points were Crosby and Tar­leton III over Fifth Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons Formby II and South­sands III.

In the Fifth Di­vi­sion, South­port VI man­aged to cap­ture a point in their los­ing draw with Mawdes­ley V while Burscough Pioneers suf­fered a 6-2 de­feat against pro­mo­tion hope­fuls Hes­keth Bank II.

An­other side look­ing to move up to Di­vi­sion Four is Church­town IV, who de­feated South­port VII in white­wash fash­ion 8-0.

Af­ter be­ing pro­moted from the league’s bot­tom di­vi­sion, Orm­skirk IV and Church­town V showed early signs of try­ing to do the same again this sea­son.

A 7-1 win over Hes­keth Bank III and a 6-2 vic­tory against West End Park IV has al­ready put them into the mix with the rest of the di­vi­sion’s top sides.

That in­cludes Wood­vale VII and South­sands IV who also recorded strong suc­cesses over South­sands V and South­port VIII.

In Di­vi­sion Seven this sea­son, three last minute with­drawals from Formby Methodist, South­port and South­sands’ bot­tom sides, now make this a five-team di­vi­sion.

For more info, be sure to check out the lat­est news, re­sults and league ta­bles on www.south­port­bad­minton.com. Also, like the league’s of­fi­cial Face­book page.

Lizzie Tol­man and Vic­to­ria Hall made an im­pres­sive start to the sea­son

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