Rossett Edge Out Deeside in 5-3 Thriller


Sitting near to the top of Division 1 of the North East Wales Badminton League, Rossett A hosted Deeside and in a very tight match ran out 5-3 winners. For the home team, Gareth Edwards and Adam Smith were involved in a three game battle, long in pulsating rallies, against Mike Cain and Luke McLaughlin at second men's, with the Deesiders just clinching the match by 21/12, 17/21, 21/19.


Rossett A then had a reality check when they faced the ruthless Flint Phoenix A team with the visitors applying the whitewash in a convincing 8-0 win. Undefeated Matt Sprake was player of the match for Flint and together with partner Carla White they played textbook badminton on their way to a comfortable 21/10 and 21/7 win over Simon Lane and Sue Lord at first mixed.


Flint Phoenix’s B Team travelled to take on Deeside and were out of luck - finding the home team in top form - resulting in a 5-3 defeat. At first men’s Flint’s Phil Roberts and Alex Graham were involved in an exciting three game match of the highest quality, with the lead changing each game. However the extra practice and training put in by the Flint pair won the day when they edged the final game to defeat Henry Carrington and Gareth Thomas by 21/14, 19/21, 22/20.


Undefeated Eros are moving steadily up Division 2 and remain clear favourites for promotion. Their latest “victims” were Llanferres B, demolishing the home team 8-0. Sue Clarke and Gill Tustain came closest to claiming a home win when they came up against Hannah Stephenson and Jenny Broughall at second ladies. Whilst Stephenson and Broughall easily won the first game 21/6, Clarke and Tustain changed their tactics to a more attacking format and dug in to take the second 21/18. With all to play for in the third, Stephenson and Broughall bounced back and holding their nerve and with less unforced errors, won the final game and the match by 21/16.


Struggling Holywell A were up against it at the start of the match being short of a lady player. This, together with some outstanding performances by the Connah’s Quay players, enabled the Quay to celebrate a 5 – 3 win. Third mixed provided a thrilling match, which could have gone either way, but eventually the experienced Sue Price together with Peter White gave a disciplined performance to out-manoeuvre Sian Elias and Scott Williams, winning by 21/17, 21/23, 21/13.


With an 8-0 win over Holywell B, Prestatyn A continued their unbeaten run in Division 3. In a disappointing match due to visitors Holywell B turning up two players short, the only competitive match of the evening was at first mixed when Prestatyn’s Glyn Watson and Sonia Penlington played inspired badminton to win their match against the determined pairing of George Hood and Elsie Gregory by 17/21, 21/8, 21/18.


Basement battlers Denbigh B secured a hard earned draw away to Prestatyn B with the home team relying on their men’s doubles partnerships to avoid defeat. Darren McGregor and Simon Brennan were in control in both their games at second men’s and strolled to a 21/11, 21/16 over Don Cottle and the evergreen Alun Hughes.

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