Makes his mark

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Sportshall, to see how The Para’s dealt with the visit of Ar­gyle G.

En­cour­ag­ing news from the start was that the Para’s were at full strength for the first time this sea­son.

That not so good news, did not seem to worry the vis­i­tors though, as cap­tain Lee Hones got the bit be­tween his teeth to grind out a great win against Matt Spof­forth.

Five bril­liant but cagey games, 6-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-9, 9-11 told the story.

All square after two though, cap­tain and tal­is­man Ian Lit­tle­wood over­com­ing a stub­born Lee Nel­son in four games.

A great shift from Kostya Sinitsa then gave the home side the lead, Gary Hi­ble un­for­tu­nately on the re­ceiv­ing end.

Gary’s son Lewis then re­turned the com­pli­ment with a three straight win against Mark Wil­son, which made it 2-2.

Mark then im­me­di­ately made amends in very sim­i­lar style, with vic­tory over Lee Hones.

Would you be­lieve it, an­other epic en­counter, and it’s Matt again, this time lock­ing horns with Gary.

Matt edged the first 13-11, Gary pinched the sec­ond 10-12, be­fore tak­ing the third 7-11.

An­other ever so close fourth saw Matt tie it up 12-10.

Great de­fen­sive work from both play­ers so far, but more mis­takes crept into Matt’s game in the fifth, which Gary duly ac­cepted tak­ing it 3-11, to make it 3-3.

Lewis then again caused con­cern in the home camp, win­ning the bat­tle of the num­ber ones, 7-11, 12-10, 8-11, 6-11 against Ian, only for Kostya to pick the flag up again in a su­perb three straight win over Lee Nel­son.

All square then with just the dou­bles to go, must have given the Para’s the ad­van­tage, and with Kostya the driv­ing force yet again in his pair­ing with Ian, that was not in doubt as they took a 5-4 lead after a three straight win against Lewis and Gary.

Could Ar­gyle snatch the draw?

The two Lees put in, ver­sus Mark and Matt.

After just los­ing out in the first two games, 12-10, 13-11, the Ar­gyle duo fought back in tena­cious fash­ion to square it up, 7-11, 9-11.

Into the fifth and it seemed from nowhere, the home pair rat­tled off an 11-2 win to clinch a 6-4 fi­nal score.

What a fin­ish to a thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing evening.

Else­where in the divi­sion, North Me­ols were also in­volved in a fre­netic stale­mate against Princes St F, whilst South­port C took the hon­ours in their mini derby against their D team, as did Crosby H in theirs against their G team.

A break in league ac­tion next week sees the Anon Cup first round, so will there be shocks.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www. tableten­nis365.com/south­port

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