Champions Toys play it smart at the top

Worksop Table Tennis session at Worksop Valley Leisure Centre with players from Redlands, Ryton Park and Valley  practising with members of the community
Worksop Table Tennis session at Worksop Valley Leisure Centre with players from Redlands, Ryton Park and Valley practising with members of the community

Reigning Division One champions DTH RedlandsFluffy Toys have put some daylight between themselves and their nearest challengers.

This week they celebrated a comfortable 9-1 win over bottom side Manton Tigers to boost their title credentials.

Siblings Richard and Tom Wesley both returned hat-tricks and rarely looked troubled all night by the Tigers trio of Bill Bateman, Paul Allison and Steve Beeston.

But the same couldn’t be said for Steve Johnson, who was first taken the distance by Allison, managing to win the deciding set 14-12, and then by Bateman.

But despite being 2-1 ahead he couldn’t repeat the feat a second time, eventually losing 3-2.

Bateman’s excellent win was the only success on the night for the Tigers as they went on to lose the doubles set and with it the match 9-1.

Stanley Street A are closer to the relegation trap door than they would like and are scrapping for every point.

They visited DTH Redlands Roosters who sit in third place, and had to play a player up from Division Two.

To make matters worse they ran into an inform Rick Harris who has now won 33 out of his 45 matches this season and duly went about beating all three Street A players Peter Eyre, Matthew Williams and Andy Kirkland.

Eyre hit back to beat both Steve Fox and Dave Gascoyne in straight sets but these were the only singles wins his team could manage and despite winning the doubles they lost 7-3.

This leaves them three points above the drop zone having played a game more than the team below them.

After their latest win Division Two side Manton Nomads are just one win from securing one of the two promotion places to Division One, although the title race is far less certain as rivals Ryton Park Eagles also wonn.

The Eagles win came at Stanley Street C and the three Riauba brothers.

Valentinas managed to win two of his three matches with the best win of the two against Brian Allen who had only lost once all season in the league.

Orestas took a single win over Keith Swift, Martynas going home empty handed.

The man in form for the Eagles was John Hallgarth who beat all three Riauba brothers before teaming up with Allen to win the doubles to win 7-3.

Manton Nomads had a far easier night, beating bottom side Ryton Park Cougars, who have yet to register a league win, 10-0 with hat-tricks for the league leading trio Richard Robinson, Steve Elkin and Rob Vaughan, Elkin and Vaughan also winning the doubles.

DTH Redlands X-Youth are still in with a chance of third position, beating Stanley Street B 6-4 to close the gap on third to three points.

Street B’s Ralph Rodda had a terrific night with ahat trick of wins over Clive Eden, Jeff Reay and Ewan Pickersgill.

When Adam Hamilton defeated Pickersgill it looked like Street B might pinch an unlikely draw, but it wasn’t to be as Eden and Reay both won two each and when Pickersgill beat Mitchell Radford it left Eden and Reay to win the doubles and take all three points.

In the Division Thre promotion race Stanley Street Rascals had mixed fortunes.

After beating Stanley Street E 6-4 they were then up against promotion rivals DTH Redlands Tarr Babies.

Man Of The Match was Liam Stead who beat all three Tarr Babies and when Ellis Spacey beat Adam Pinches it put the Rascals in with a chance of a draw.

In the doubles Tarr Babies Pinches and Josh Nelson paired up to beat Stead and Spacey to ensure a narrow 6-4 win for the Tarr Babies.

Division Three: Ryton Park Dragons 1 Stanley Street ‘D’ 9, On-Line Elks 7 Ryton Park Falcons 3