1st Men’s team battle to draw against Woodthorpe.

Ravenshead Vs Woodthorpe.  A match that would go a long way to deciding who is going to join Magdala in promotion to Division 1.

3-3 after the 1st round of matches followed by 6-6 after round 2 meant it was all to play for going into the final round of matches.

Ravenshead’s 1st pairing of Chris Holmes and Barry Seamons, unbeaten to date when paired together were really up against it and struggling against Woodthorpe’s 1st pair.

Trailing 5-3 in the opening set Chris and Barry saved over a dozen set points to tie the set 6-6.  With the first set having taken so long it soon became apparent that the 2nd set was winner takes all.  Once the other matches had finished Chris and Barry again found themselves trailing, this time 5-2!  The situation combined with everyone watching saw tension levels and pressure rise to unprecedented levels on court 2 (measured by the amount of shouted ‘come on’s!), not helped by a temporary light failure at 5-2 30-30!.  Once again Chris and Barry saved multiple set points, managing to hold their nerve ever so slightly better to comeback and also halve the 2nd set 6-6.  There was some at times ugly tennis due to the pressure, one can’t begin to imagine what it’s like in a Grand Slam final!!

At first believing that a draw was not enough, the result does give the team a slim promotion to Division 1, requiring Woodthorpe to lose their last match of the season against West Bridgford ‘A’ 12.5-5.5 or worse.

Thanks to Eddie Blount, Jon Banner, Craig Flint and Arthur Buckley who all won set’s to help the team to a great result against a club with twice as many courts (that they own) and many, many more members.  A clue as to the mismatch on paper is in the number of Summer League teams each club has.  Ravenshead=3, Woodthorpe=13.  It wasn’t so long ago we were playing their 4th Men’s team. 🙂