No Jack Dempsey
AT the top of the First Division of the Southport and Formby Table Tennis League, leaders Crosby A (46pts) were held at Princes St A.
Yes, the champions were without their number one Jack Dempsey, but so were Princes St, missing Matt Wilson.
A great start from the visitors saw them take full control powering into a 1-5 lead, only for the home side to slowly whittle away that advantage with wins in both doubles, followed by a further win from Micheal Stewart.
Captain Darren Taylor then completed the comeback in a terrific match of two halves. Crosby B (40pts) without a match this week remain in second place, whilst Argyle A (39pts) keep hold of third after a convincing win at an understrength Holy Trinity A.
Argyle B too, were also in a merciless mood when they hosted Princes St B, where them turning up with a player short did not help the cause in a maximum loss.
Southport A (33pts) move up to fourth place having also gained maximum points at Crosby C.
Argyle D (40pts) are now clear leaders of the Second Division after a very convincing 1-9 win at Crosby F, whilst rivals Argyle C (37pts) found the going a little tough in a close 6-4 win against their E team, where their number one Lol Philips with a full quota of wins kept his side in it until Lewis Hible (playing up from the G team) clinched the win in the very last contest.
With several teams vying to challenge the top two, we paid a visit to the Reform Synagogue, to see if either hosts Princes St E or visitors Waterloo B could make an impression.
Wonderful start to the proceedings, 2nd Round Draw
Crosby C Argyle A Argyle B Argyle F Princes St B Argyle D Argyle C Crosby B
Anon Plate 2018-19 1st Round Draw
Formby HT B Argyle H Waterloo B Princes St E Paraplegics A Argyle G Argyle J Princes St D when Derek Aitken took on one of Waterloo’s young guns Euan Mason. Derek’s experience and wonderful retrieves won through in three games, but with the third finishing 15-13, then Euan probably deserved more.
Home number one Dave Mullan (playing up from their F team) then made it 2-0 with a three straight success over Chris Jago, before his young son Nathan, set about home captain Nick Foss.
To be fair, they set about each other, with an array of attacking shots which would not have been out of place in the top tier.
Nathan edged the first 10-12, Anon Cup 2018-19 vs vs vs vs vs vs vs vs vs vs vs vs vs vs vs vs North Meols A Crosby A Crosby E Princes St C Argyle E Formby HT A Princes St A Southport A Princes St F Crosby F Southport B Southport D Southport C Crosby G Waterloo A Crosby H Nick then levelled 11-7, and took the third as well 11-9.
Outstanding play from both players again in the fourth, and another close 10-12 win for Nathan taking it into a fifth. A superb 5-11 performance from the young Waterloo player took the contest, and made the score 2-1 Princes St, just brilliant!
Nathan was then asked to stay put and be joined by his dad Chris in the first doubles encounter against Andy Armstrong and Derek, which was won by the home side in four games, extending their lead to 3-1.
It was Derek’s turn to stay put next, young Aidan Mooney his