SCISSETT WMC A served up a number of firsts in their 10-0 win over Marsh Conservatives A in the Huddersfield Table Tennis League.
The victory for Scissett was their first clean sweep of the season, it was the first occasion in almost nine years in the top flight that Steve Leach has recorded a maximum and, in defeating Marsh’s Paul Hirst, he ensured that the latter had a blank return for the first time this season.
Leach was well supported by Roger Morley and Andrew Rawnsley.
It also proved to be a tough first appearance of the season for last season’s Division 2 Merit winner, Glyn Normanton.
Scissett will hope that the victory is a springboard to send them closer to the top of the table before the halfway point is reached at the end of the month and with fixtures against Kingsmith’s B and C teams to come, they have a great opportunity.
Leaders Brooks B maintained their impressive form with an 8-2 victory over Marsh Wanderers A.
Shaun Ellis and Phil Schofield were both unbeaten, while consolation for Marsh came with wins for Bob Sanderson and Ian Tweedale over Mick Rushworth.
Performance of the week in Division 2A was Steve Tattersley’s three wins for Golcar Liberal A in their 6-4 defeat to leaders Scissett WMC B.
Tattersley’s defensive style is highly effective and ensures that over the course of a season he is one of the most difficult opponents to overcome and Scissett, not short in the defence department themselves, found Tattersley in top form.
Roger Wood managed to beat Peter Haywood but Paul Rourke (2), Brian Armitage (2) and Haywood (1) together with a Rourke and Heywood doubles victory saw Scissett home.
Neil Womersley produced a great performance for Scissett WMC C in recording three victories over a strong Kingsmith PW side of Paul Nutton, Jim Hodson and Ian Charlton.
However, like Tattersley, he finished on the losing side in a 7-3 defeat.
Kingsmith PW remain in a strong second place in Division 2B.
Oliver Shaw and Jack Woodhead both lost games against the experienced pairing of Marsh D’s Eddie Bailes and Adrian Normanton as Kingsmith Terriers were held to a 5-5 draw.
The Huddersfield League Veterans sides are in Yorkshire League action this weekend.
The first team will hope to get their season underway after a late withdrawal led to their opening match being cancelled.
The trio of Tim Dyson, Russell Senior and Andrew Rawnsley will be at home to a strong Leeds team. The seconds are also at home, to Ryedale, and will field Phil Schofield, Bob Sanderson and Peter Walker, while the third team will take an all-Scissett trio of Roger Morley, Stewart Clarke and Brian Armitage to Keighley.
The match playing conditions at each of the Huddersfield League teams’ venues varies enormously from being excellent to barely acceptable, but in an era when venues are becoming harder to find or sustain, the management committee has to adopt a liberal approach to encourage continued participation in the sport.