No Jack Dempsey

Southport Visiter - - Family Health - BY JIM BOOTH

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

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