DIVISION Three’s DTH Redlands X-Youth have continued their fabulous start to the season by making it 10 wins from 10 matches and have stretched their lead at the top to what looks like an unassailable eight points.
They comfortably dispatched Ryton Park Dragons 7-3 with hat-tricks for both Clive Eden and Jeff Reay who then teamed up to take the doubles.
The Dragons trio of Justin Flear, Ryan Jarvis and Lee Banton all beat Jack Eden but it was never going to be enough. The same three X-Youth players then turned out against club colleagues Redlands Rascals with the exact same outcome.
Clive Eden and Jeff Reay won all their games and again teamed up to take the doubles, with Jack Eden once again missing out and going home winless.
For the Rascals Ellis Spacey, Thomas Gladwin and Liam Stead triumphed over Jack Eden. The nearest challengers are DTH Redlands Tarr Babies who had an absolute hum dinger of a match with Ryton Park Cougars, with only two games won in straight sets.
The Tarr Babies found themselves 2-0 down as Alex Oliffe beat Lewis Comley and then Ivan Stallworthy overcame Matthew Mudd.
The Babies managed to claw it back to 2-2 only to find themselves behind yet again when they lost the doubles.
Tarr Babies nudged ahead 4-3 when Antony Coupe beat Oliffe in five sets and then Mudd beat Dave Lee in straight sets, but back came the Cougars to level yet again as Stallworthy beat Coupe 11-8 in the fifth set.
With the match poised at 4-4 Comley had a great win over Lee to once again put the Tarr Babies in front, and then Mudd just managed to beat Oliffe in a very close and tense decider to snatch a dramatic 6-4 win for the Tarr Babies. Results: DTH Redlands Rascals 1 DTH Redlands Dynamos 9, Centre For Sport 2 DTH Redlands Cypriots 8, Ryton Park Dragons 0 DTH Redlands Rookies 10. In Division Two Stanley Street B did their A team a favour in their quest to win the Division Two title, by holding one of their main contenders to a 5-5 draw.
Ryton Park Eagles have struggled for players this season and had to borrow a player from a lower division to field a full team.
Although Dave Lee dug in he couldn’t trouble the scorers, however Gary Scott registered a hat trick with Keith Swift adding a single win and then the two of them teamed up to win the doubles to ensure they at least took home a point.
For Stanley Street both Jack Kirkland and Matthew Williams won two games, Andy Kirkland chipping in with a single win to gain a share of the spoils. While their B team were giving them a hand, Stanley Street A helped themselves enormously by beating nearest rivals DTH Redlands Red Bulls 7-3, Peter Eyre winning all his three games with Matt Fowkes adding a further two and Dave Hodgkin chipping in with one.
Hodgkin and Eyre teamed up to win the doubles to put themselves a massive nine points clear at the top.
Result: Manton Tigers 8 Manton Sports 2.
Division One side Ryton Park Adders won their first league match of the season and in doing so hauled themselves off of the bottom of the table, leapfrogging club colleagues the Bees.
The Adders surprisingly beat high flying Global Marble 6-4 with both Andy Lee and Mike Nocivelli winning two games each, and with John Hallgarth registering his first win of the season the writing was on the wall for an underperforming Global side.
Lee and Nocivelli took the doubles and the three points to give themselves real hope of yet again avoiding the drop into Division Two.
The scorers for Global were Terry Curran and Steve Lyon who both won two games each. Results: Ryton Park Bees 0 Zygabytes 10, DTH Redlands Roosters 6 DTH Redlands Joggers 4, Ryton Park Bees 5 DTH Redlands Joggers 5.