TENNIS: Woodhall Spa Ladies still on course for promotion


The tennis season is now in full swing and Woodhall Spa Tennis Club’s teams have been busy in recent weeks.

Woodhall Spa Tennis Club Aegon Ladies team travelled to Boston at the weekend to try and continue their winning streak in the division. Unfortunately the team came up against a strong team and lost the match 4-2.

Lydia Walker played solidly for the team with a convincing win in her singles (6-1 6-1), and coming through in the third set tiebreak to win in the doubles with partner Sue Bowser. Sam Parker and Sue Leggate had tough opponents and were unable to win in the singles or doubles.

All is not lost, the team has its last match next week with all to play for against St James, Grimsby. If they win they have every chance of being promoted to the regional division, which would be quite a feat as this is the first season that the club has entered a team in the AEGON competiton.

Woodhall Spa Ladies 2nd team travelled to Grimsby to play against St James 2nds and lost 3-6, which was a very creditable scoreline for the ladies enjoying their first season in Division 2 having gained promotion last year.

Playing for Woodhall were two experienced couples in Alison Lauder and Wendy Baxter, Penny McQuade and Anne Leggate. Playing for the first time in an adult team for the club were Isabella Storey and Ella Barr, two up and coming young players who gave a good performance and gained valuable match experience.

Meanwhile the Men’s Team played away against Boston 6 on their clay courts and maintained the good start to the season with a resounding 8 1 win. Playing for Woodhall were Dan Freeman and Graham Finney, Alex Coupland and Barrie Craigs, Ant Hawkins and David Little.

The previous weekend the Men had played against Horncastle in a nail-biting match. After two rounds the match was tied at 3-3 with Woodhall going on to win two of the final three rubbers to clinch the match 5-4. Team members were Ant Hawkins and Dan Freeman, Alex Coupland and Barrie Craigs, Keith Hillsmith and David Little.