It was the first round of the Handicap Cup in the Aldershot & District Table Tennis League and it proved a dark week for Ash as out of the nine teams the club had in action only one was triumphant. That sole survivor was the G team whose youngsters, Ben Fereday and Hudson Foley claimed two apiece in a 5-2 win over Cody D, helping out the kids with one victory was the young at heart Dave Brown.
The closest match of the round was played out between Ash E and Tennis F, the latter taking the win by the tightest of margins. Tennis’ George Carder went into the final game of the night facing a 25 point deficit against Brian Simpson and after winning two legs 11-1 Carder needed an 11-4 win in the last end, a scoreline he duly delivered leaving Ash to rue an agonising one point defeat.
Tennis G also had a 5-4 win over Ash H, this time though the deciding rubber was won with a little bit more to spare, Sarah Gilbey couldn’t quite hold on to a 22 point start against Ray Eason, missing out by 10 points.
Mark Armstrong and Mick Rumbould both won two close matches each as Broadmoor B eased past Cody C 5-2 to take their place in Round 2, joining them in the hat will be Frimley C who swept aside Ash K 5-0.
Ash C could only muster two players leaving Tennis C needing just two wins to progress, Nigel Tustin did his best with a couple for Ash but it was never going to be enough, Tennis won it 5-2.
Tennis E could be worth keeping an eye on as they white washed the experienced Ash F, Peter Killick, Andy Murdock and Graham Marshall were all unbeaten.
Ash J made a good fist of it against Crawley Ridge A but it was Ken Thompson who kept going to eke out a match winning 44-43 score over Brian Lunn, and with it a 5-2 victory.
Ash’s Dave Phillips’ duo left the match delicately poised at two all between Frimley D and Ash L but home advantage told in the end as Tony Harrison, Jon Ball and Paul Phelan shared the next three wins to charge over the line 5-2.