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ISLE OF WIGHT v CLWYD 3RD-4TH DECEMBER 2016
13th Dec 2016
With a couple of healthy results already under their belt this season, Clwyd could be forgiven for having high hopes of returning from the Isle of Wight with a decent share of the spoils. Having arrived the day before match day, it was hoped that the players would be a little fresher for the match at Newport Football Club.
And the weekend started brightly for the visitors, as Clwyd’s Ladies B opened the scoring with a win for Becky Jones (15.04 ave), and although the IOW picked up the next set with an excellent game for Ann Llewellyn (3-2, 18.98 ave) over a battling Lyn Chadwick (18.12), Clwyd’s ladies continued their form in taking the remaining four sets. These wins came courtesy of Abi Hamilton (17.48), Del Stapley (15.17), Julie Maddock (14.64) and match award winner Bethan Jones (17.89).
Clwyd also opened the Mens B match well, too, taking the first three sets with an opening match-award winning result for Andy Alker (23.48), followed by Bryan Moran (22.29) and Luke Humphreys (17.08). The IOW rallied to take the next three sets, but from there on it was Clwyd all the way, with six consecutive wins from Paul Hughes (22.93), Paul Alley (21.67), Neil Mayers (16.51), John Thomas (21.46), Pete Lewis (joint match award winner, 23.48) and Andy Hopwood (22.43).
With the overnight score standing at 14-4 to Clwyd, all eyes were once again on Sunday’s match, looking to capitalise on the visitors’ lead.
The opening Ladies’ A game saw Glad Davies (18.11) fight back from 2-0 down to once again take the match award with a 3-2 win. Claire Maddock (13.13) extended Clwyd’s lead, before the IOW once again rallied and took the next three sets. The IOW lady of the match Brenda Dyer produced a 22.77 ave over Clwyd’s Jane Robson (21.06). In the remaining Ladies game, Clwyd’s Sarah Roberts (15.09) produced the equaliser for the match, to put the score at a tantalising 17-7 to the visitors.
The IOW took the opening Mens A set, but Clwyd were resolute and promptly took the next three, with wins from Lester Thompson (24.74), Craig Spriggs (23.76) and Darren Hiles (21.32). And although Alex Hall (match award, 26.69) took the 5th set for the IOW, Clwyd once again fired off a resounding rally to take the seven remaining sets. Derek Williams (21.84) started the rout, followed by Paul Gillam (24.49), who came back from 3-0 down to win 4-3, Clwyd’s own match award winner Glyn Carus (4-0, 27.83), Steve Gilbert (25.40), Paul Reilly (23.18), Dave Harrold (26.54) and Dean Williams (22.78).
With a 27-9 win, Clwyd had once again produced an excellent performance. The team currently gels well, travels well, and the support is noticeably more vocal. The team spirit is good, and in my opinion that in itself can be worth a few points. Clwyd entertain Norfolk in January – let’s make the spirit and support count as we take on the table-toppers.