WILSHAW B have won the Concorde Trophy – the first silverware of the season to be settled.
The Third division side met Golcar Liberal Club from Division Two in the final and started with a 51-point advantage on handicap.
The first match paired Steve Tattersley with Wilshaw’s Graham Hudson and offered a marked contrast in style of play. Tattersley’s solid, sometimes dour defence contrasted starkly with left hander Hudson’s exagerated side spin and more open approach.
The first two sets were very close, Tattersley winning 11-9, 11-10, but then Hudson hit a purple patch, winning 11-4, with Tattersley unable to return serve.
The final set was going much the same way but Tattersley regained some control as Hudson became more wasteful and the Golcar man took it on deuce 11-10.
This meant Wilshaw had extended their lead by a further four points to 55.
Worse was to follow as David Singleton opened brightly against Barry Lockwood, taking an early 3-1 lead in the first set, but lost the next 10 points to go down 11-3.
The next set went 11-6 in Lockwood’s favour but Singleton came back well to take the third on deuce 11-10. However, a final set of 11-7 to Lockwood gave Wilshaw a 70-point advantage after just two games.
Enter Roger Wood, who had played so well in the semi-final for Golcar, against Robin Sissons.
Sissons had himself played a major part in the early rounds to ease Wilshaw’s path to the final with some outstanding forehand top spin and hitting.
However, he can be infuriatingly inconsistent at times, hence he was the highest handicapped player in the final.
Wood quickly got into his stride and took the first two sets 11-5, 11-9. A much closer third set could have gone Sissons’ way but Wood eventually won it on deuce 11-10 and he went on to complete an excellent performance by swamping his opponent 11-3 in the final set to bring the deficit down to 53.
This proved to be as close as Golcar were able to get to their opponents as Wilshaw not only defended their handicap but extended the margin to run out comfortable winners by 63 points.
In a solid team performance in which all three had some excellent sets, star man was Hudson who took 28 points off his opponents.