Another giant stride towards the title was achieved on Tuesday with a 19-6 win over The Northern. The visitors came with a strong team and it was no easy victory.
First on Court 6 was Nat Fairhurst who faced Mark Radley. Nat lost a lackluster first game but then started to get into his stride. The extra zip was enough for him the take the next three games (Below).
The best match by far was the first string match on Court 5 where Rob Downer took on Julian Tomlinson (Below). This was a fantastic display of power, speed and technique. The score line of 3-0 to Rob does not do justice to effort put in by both players. The long punishing rallies were a joy to watch. Rob always managed to stay ahead and was just able to resist Julian’s counter-attack in the third game, which he won 12-10.
Meanwhile Rob Taylor played Michael Lowery. Rob was in fine form. His tight and consistent play secured the win in 3 games with relative ease (Top).
Andy Whipp was up next on the show court against Charlie Cowie. Andy was not at his finest and his game was littered with unforced errors. He edged the first, 12:10, but Charlie fought back to take the second. Andy squeezed the third game, 12:10 and Charlie came back again. Despite his mistakes, Andy still knows how to win matches. He steadied his game, put the pressure on Charlie and won the fifth, 11-9 (Below).
With the match won, Adam Taylor faced Josh Taylor (3 Taylors in one tie!). This was set to be a classic shot player versus a highly mobile competitor (Below). Unfortunately, it did not quite live up to the expectations. Adam’s concentration did not seem to be there and the shots that normally go up, didn’t. He lost the first two games 6:11, 5-11. He managed to hold on in the third and take it 12-10. Then he took the fourth. Somehow, despite his form, Adam had got it to 2-2 and there was a chance to win the match. Alas it was not to be and Josh closed out the match.
Had you offered 19 points at the start of the evening, most would have taken them with pleasure. But oddly it felt a bit of a let down. However with Bowdon only winning 15:7 at Wigan, we stretched our lead at the top of the table.
Next week, it is Crewe away – always a tough match - while Bowdon take on Alderley Edge at home; second and third respectively in the table.