With Prospects having to postpone their trip to Brechin, there were four teams from St Andrews Table Tennis Club on league business this week.
In Division One, Prefects’ hopes of making up ground on near rivals Kings suffered a setback with the non-availability of Clyde Johnson and Peter Bladen. Alain Leger manfully stepped into the breech but neither he nor Howard Lee could back up Michael Hahn’s fine hat-trick of singles victories. Howard could feel aggrieved though at not putting a point on the scorecard when he fought back from two sets down against Plamen Kostadinov, only to be pipped 9-11 in the decider. Prefects may yet have to rely on league reconstruction saving them from relegation to Division Two.
Sascha Roschy also played a couple of close five-setters in the Truants match against Viscounts at Ward Road Gym, but he emerged with his 100% record intact. Graham Wood added another two wins and they combined to take the doubles for a 6-4 victory which consolidates their fourth place in Division Two.
To assist with player availability, New Kids switched their Division Two home tie against Lundin to the Lasers’ venue but perhaps emerged from the fixture regretting this decision. On a night when they just couldn’t get firing in the squash courts, Ian Smith and Ken Falconer only managed one win each for an 8-2 defeat.Similarly, Swots did not find the carpeted conditions of Kingsway’s home patch to their liking. In the clash of bottom against third bottom. It was a strange evening, with no one player dominating. Dave Beveridge got Swots off to a good start with a win against Alan Carrie, coming back from 0-2 down to win 15-13 in a cliff-hanger fifth game. Collin Bleak was best for Swots with two wins and Emma Bissett was the first player to beat Stephen Caird for a few weeks. However, that only gave Swots a total of four points, which was far from ideal against the lower placed team.
Let’s hope Swots and New Kids are saving their best for the latter stages of the season, otherwise the club could be looking at both teams being relegated from Division Two.