Colston Mens A v Shipton Under Wychwood, Saturday April 5th

Colston Mens A v Shipton Under Wychwood, Saturday April 5th

A rather disappointing end to a rather disappointing season last Saturday vs Shipton-under-Wychwood.  With nothing to play for in terms of promotion or relegation we still fancied a crack at the runaway leaders of the division and had a decent team out with Olly and Miles as 1st pair (controversially in Lord Stevens eyes, of course) and Gavin and Jonnie as second pair.

The astro courts are fast and they had some big serving big lads (two of whom were professional coaches).  Me and Olly took a while to adjust to the court not winning a single point on the oppo’s serve for their first 2 service games.  This was perhaps a masterstroke, lulling them into a false sense of security as we went on to take the first set.  Unfortunately this was to prove the high point.  In the second set they raised their game by 5% and ours dropped by about the same amount and this proved fatal.
On the next door court Giles the friendly giant and his partner ‘Fish Face’ (Morris-Adams, O 2014) were convincing winners against Jonnie + Gavin, though ‘not that good’ according to our boys!
After the swap over Jonnie + Gavin troubled the scorer more effectively against the second pair, and were up in both sets but in the end went down 4 and 4.  Meanwhile there was a titanic struggle in the first set between the two first pairs.  Gibson served for it but was broken, then ‘I cannot say it but I can write it’ (Mourinho, J 2014) Olly ‘the Balls’ Morris-Adams held his serve to take us into the tiebreak.  We had a set point in the tiebreak but in the end went down something like 13-11.  It was hard to get our heads up after that and the second set was a more comfortable 6-4 for them.
A final rather unflattering score of 7-1
It was good to play against really decent oppo who hit the ball hard, but the rarity of this type of play in our league made it a struggle to adjust to.  Promotion next year is the answer!

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