DEIGHTON Leisure Centre B have emerged as the serious challengers to Woodfield Park A’s ambitions of winning the Huddersfield Table Tennis League title.
A 10-0 win over Scissett WMC A, which plunged Scissett into the relegation zone, coupled with a 7-3 victory over Brooks B, has taken Deighton clear of both Brooks teams and just nine points behind the Police.
Tomas Pietrzyk inflicted a rare defeat on Shaun Ellis as the predominantly Polish side gave notice of the title ambitions.
It didn’t go unnoticed, however, and Woodfield Park turned out their strongest side of the season when Wilshaw A were the unlucky recipients of a ‘hammering’.
The trio of Darren Lindley, Mark Pugh and Ian Maclean didn’t concede a game in a 10-0/30-0 victory.
Brooks B recorded a creditable 5-5 draw with Kingsmith A, despite the absence of Ellis. Neil Crosland, who deputised, had excellent wins over Janet Adams and Geoff Dunne to be unbeaten on the night.
At the foot of the table, Scissett and David Brown A have been sucked into the relegation battle following poor results.
Brown’s lost 8-2 to lowly Kingsmith B for whom both Gareth Stott and Peter Walker recorded maximums.
Deighton A helped their cause by beating Scissett 7-3 but also lost heavily to Marsh A 8-2 to keep them in the danger area.
In Division II, Marsh D remain top following a 7-3 victory over Kingsmith E. Kingsmith C were held to a 5-5 draw by relegation-threatened Deighton C, who had previously suffered a 9-1 thrashing at the hands of Marsh C, for whom Neil Dawson and Eddie Bailes were both in fine form.
With Brooks C, Golcar Lib A , Shelley and Kingsmith PW all in the mix, the relegation battle will almost certainly go right to the wire.
The Division III promotion places look to have already been secured by Deighton D and Scissett WMC A, although Wilshaw B haven’t entirely given up hope.
Full marks to Deighton, who gave two of their promising juniors a debut in their match against the all-junior Golcar B team.
Marcus Barber won two and Cameron Sandhu one to support Paul Simpson’s three to give Deighton a 7-3 victory, having also taken the doubles. Jacob Priestley (2) and Frasier Beckett (1) were Golcar’s scorers.
THE draws for the quarter-final stages of the Concorde and CSD Logistics Cup competitions have been made – and they produced some potentially interesting ties.
In the Concorde, holders Wilshaw B travel to Kingsmith G.
Favourites Deighton B must visit Kingsmith D, while there is an all-Deighton clash as the C team meet the A team.
The CSD Cup draw has produced three derbies as Marsh E face their own C team, Deighton D meet Deighton B and Kingsmith F meet Kingsmith 200. The draw is completed with Scissett B travelling to Deighton C.
Ties must be played by mid-March.