Southsea hosted Handcross for a Div 3 (East) match on Thursday 12 July.
Southsea’s triples were Peter/Andy/Colin who faced Jane/Nigel/Mike, and Matt/Trevor/David who faced Maria/Gerard/Bill. Pete/Andy/Col raced into an 8-0 lead with some great shooting and pointing. They then edged up to twelve however during that section allowed Handcross a ‘big end’ to come back into the game. In the end it was a Handcross win to 12 as Southsea couldn’t quite close it out. Over on the other terrain though Matt/Trevor/David had a much easier time of it, winning quickly to 2. Well done David on his first league victory.
So although it could easily have been 2-0 going into the doubles it was 1-1 and all to play for………..
Doubles were Peter/Andy vs Mike/Bill, Matt/Dawn vs Maria/Gerard, and Trev/Brian vs Nigel/Jane. Peter/Andy stayed ahead most of their game with Mike/Bill finding it difficult to adjust to the terrain, ending up 13-7 winners. Matt/Dawn struggled in a game they could have won and lost 13-7. That left the full weight on the shoulders of Trevor/Brian playing the Handcross top pairing. Trev/Bri had took an early lead, and although Nigel/Jane came back at them a bit, the Southsea pairing kept their nose in front and closed the game out for a 13-9 victory.
In the end a great finish, but overall slightly disappointing as I think with a little luck we could have utilised our home advantage to give a 5-0 win. However a win is a win (and a bonus point), especially given it was a tussle for the top. Well done Southsea, especially Trevor/Brian for a fine doubles win.
Southsea 3 – Handcross 2
Southsea now top of the Div 3 (East) league table.