Font and Walker Salvage Close Win for Mold

In Division 1 of the North East Wales Badminton League, Mold A travelled to take on Denbigh A and came away with a close 5-3 win. Star of the evening was Welsh International Dan Font and it was he and his partner, Pete Walker, who secured the team win, when at first men’s they proved too strong and tactics savvy for Denbigh’s Iain Lovatt and Steve Aylott, to take their event by 21/19, 21/15.

Llangollen did their chances of avoiding relegation the world of good when they visited Flint Phoenix B and in a friendly but competitive match won 5-3 with just three points separating the two teams in Llangollen’s favour. Undefeated Phil Roberts was player of the match for Phoenix and in his partnership at first mixed with the talented Zoe Moorcroft, they dug in and in a thrilling three game match, outlasted Nik Evans and Jane Jones to triumph by 17/21, 21/13, 21/17.

Division 2 elect champions, Eros, showed no mercy towards Connah’s Quay when they applied an 8-0 whitewash in what turned out to be a very one sided affair. Only the Quay’s Sarah Burke and Sian Elias looked like winning a match when, at first ladies, they took on Heather Astley and Sheila Palmer. With the first game going to Astley and Palmer 21/17, Burke and Elias upped their game and with tight net play and powerful smashes won the second 21/16. With pressure on Astley and Palmer to sustain their team’s winning momentum they did not disappoint and holding their nerve, played superbly, to clinch the third game and their match by 21/18.

Hawarden’s push to avoid relegation received a welcome boost when they visited a depleted Holywell A and handed out an 8-0 drubbing. Undefeated Ellie Wainwright caught the eye as player of the match for Hawarden and with partner Diane Fardoe they comfortably closed out their first ladies doubles with a 21/8, 21/4 win against Anne Booth and Sue Price.

Prestatyn A’s undefeated run of matches in Division 3 came to a juddering halt when visitors Denbigh B produced a disciplined and dogged performance to be rewarded with a 5-3 win. Fourth mixed was the match of the evening with Prestatyn’s Paul Armstrong and Claire Atmore up against Denbigh’s Sam Pender and Jane Thomas. Pender and Thomas won the first game 21/14 but then Armstrong and Atmore dug in and with a switch of tactics to include flick serves and tight net play they took the second 21/14. The deciding game was a real thriller, enjoyed by the spectators, with the lead changing hands several times. However with the score at 24/23 in favour of Pender and Thomas, they held their nerve and after a long rally between the two pairs, a powerful Pender smash secured the winning point for the Denbigh duo.

Anchored at the bottom of the Division, struggling Holywell B were once again a lady short and this together with the overall strength of their opponents Flint Phoenix C, saw them crash to a

6-2 home defeat. Holywell’s men salvaged some pride when both pairs produced disciplined performances to take their events. George Hood and John Speed’s play was impressive and with attacking clears and deceptive drop shots they convincingly overcame Chris Travers and Alfie Moorcroft to win by 21/18, 21/13.

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