Stratford Tennis Pull Well Clear

Wildmoor Spa Tennis Men’s League – Week 8

Last Updated: Jun 18, 2016 03:17pm
Old Stratford and Drayton, Stratford-on-Avon
By Corin Bishop
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Week 8 of the Wildmoor Spa Tennis League for the South Warwickshire Area saw Stratford-on-Avon pull well clear at the top of the Premier Division after Alcester were unable to field a team thereby allowing Stratford s 4-0 walkover.  This also meant that Alcester were fined and docked points by the League.  Stratford now have 29 points and are nine clear of second placed Evesham who had no match this week.  Alcester stay third but drop to 17 points.  Mid-table Ardencote Manor (16) and Henley-in-Arden (12) had no match with the latter side's fixture away to Studley having to be rearranged.  Moreton-in-Marsh took advantage with a  3-1 win over bottom side Claverdon (5) which meant they climbed above Studley (10) out of the relegation zone now with 12 points.

In this match it was Moreton's Chris Elliott & Brian Lomas who claimed maximum points, although they were taken to a Championship tie-break decider in both rubbers before sealing their victories.  They beat Nigel Bacon & Andy Ashley (Claverdon) 6-4, 6-7, 1-0, and then beat Carsten Astheimer & James Courier (Claverdon) 7-6, 2-6, 1-0.  James Elliott & Greg Stotesbury (Moreton) lost to Astheimer & Courier 7-6, 4-6, 0-1, but beat Bacon & Ashley    6-4, 6-4. 

In Division One it was status quo at the top as HDA Redditch (27) beat Snitterfield (15) 3-1, while second placed Alcester B (23) beat Ardencote Manor B (15) also by a 3-1 score line.  Both Snitterfield and Ardencote B stay equal third, but are now joined by Littleton (15) after they drew 2-2 with ottoman side Studley B (10).  Pershore (14) moved above Whitnash (13) and out of the relegation zone by beating Whitnash 3-1. 

Division Two leaders Stratford B (25) were held to 2-2 draw  by fifth placed Snitterfield B (14).  That result gave Chipping Campden A the chance to draw level with the leaders on 25 points.  This they did by blasting relegation threatened FISSC (6) 4-0.  Claverdon B (15) moved up a place to fourth by overpowering sixth placed Studley C (8) 4-0.  Finally, Inkberrow A (24) consolidated their third place with a 3-1 win over bottom placed Aston Cantlow (2). 

On to Division Three where previous leaders Shipston-on-Stour A had their match at Claverdon C (8) postponed due to rain.  Henley B took advantage, despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Alcester C, to lead the table by a solitary point with 23.  Alcester also moved up with this result to equal second with Shipston on 22 points apiece.  Inkberrow B (15) closed up in fifth thanks to their 3-1 victory over sister-side and bottom placed Inkberrow C (4).  Sixth placed HDA B team Redditch (13) also closed their gap after beating fourth placed Ilmington (17) 4-0. 

The top three teams in Division Four all won to consolidate their positions.  Leaders Pershore B (28) disposed of penultimate team Littleton B (10) comfortably 4-0.  Chipping Campden B (20) sit in second place also recording a 4-0 win over joint penultimate team Wildmoor Spa A (10).  This meant that Warwick (19) dropped to third despite a 3-1 defeat of fifth placed HDA C Redditch (16).  Redditch's loss allowed Moreton-in-Marsh B to overtake them for fourth position with 18 points following their 4-0 success over the bottom and sister-side Moreton-in-Marsh C (7). 

Finally, to Division Five where Bidford A (26) stay top despite the shock of their club colleagues Bidford B (19) holding them to a 2-2 draw.  Warwickshire County Council (21) climbed to second spot thanks to their 4-0 result over sixth placed HDA D Redditch (11).  Wildmoor Spa B (20) moved up to third after their 4-0 thrashing of bottom of the league Chipping Campden C (3).  The last two results had pushed Bidford B down from second in the table to fourth.  Lastly, Shipston B (11) surprised Evesham B (17) when they triumphed over them 3-1.



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