Makes his mark
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.
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