Week 17 of the Edinburgh & Lothians League was an extremely disappointing one for Penicuik Table Tennis Club with only one of it’s five teams in action tasting victory.
In Division 1, Penicuik 2 faced a home match against Corstorphine 2 with an opportunity to draw level on points with their opponents in the struggle towards the foot of the Division 1 table.
James Wighton, Gary Mcdougall and Abby Wighton got off to a good start with a win for James in the opening match but before they knew it the next four matches all went the way of the visitors.
Gary then won match six to claw back the deficit to 4-2 going into the vital doubles fixture. When James and Gary lost that match, the writing was on the wall for the home trio and only Gary managed to pick up a win in the final three singles leading to a very disappointing 7-3 defeat for the Ladywood side who now trail their opponents by four points and more worryingly are only a point above the relegation zone in the Division.
Penicuik’s third team of Clive Liddiard, Iain Johnstone and Brian Bailey were also inaction in Division 1 as they travelled to face one of the contenders for the title, Edinburgh Sports Club 2. Iain has been in excellent form but when he lost match four of the night to one of the league’s up and coming talented youngsters, Faye Leggett, the hosts were in command and held an unassailable 5-1 lead going into the doubles fixture.
Clive and Iain won that match to keep their hope alive of gaining a draw but young Faye secured the victory in match eight with a win over Brian. Clive and Iain won their last matches as team three fell just short, losing out 6-4.
Penicuik 4’s form has been a revelation this season and they went into week 17 undefeated although only a point ahead of their opponents Murrayfield 5. Chris Markey, arguably the Team’s best player this season was unfortunately unavailable for the top of the table clash.
Tony Brentnall, Krzysztof Laszkiewicz and Gavin Hunter were still in the match going into the doubles fixture at 4-2 down and when Tony and Krzysztof upset the form book by defeating their opposite numbers in a final end decider, a draw became a real possibility. In the final three singles matches, however, the Penicui trio only managed one solitary end as Murrayfield ran out 7-3 winners.
The only bright points of an otherwise poor week for the club came in division 4. Team 7 of Stuart Bennett, Craig Johnson and Millie Bennett recorded their third win of the season as they defeated Haddington 2 by a 7-3 scoreline. All three players won 2 singles whilst Stuart and Millie combined for a win in the doubles, a result which sees the team jump three places in the Division 4 table.
Penicuik 8 were in a action at Ladywood as Sean Lennon, Martyn Levy and Lewis Baldock took on Murrayfield 8. In a topsy turvy match, the Penicuik trio were never behind their opponents but couldn’t quite get a big enough gap to put pressure on the Murrayfield side.
Going into the doubles fixture the match was evenly poised at 3-3. Sean and Lewis came back from the loss of the first end to win that important match but back came Murrayfield to level the scores at 4-4 before Lewis restored the advantage with a win in Match 9. Sean then played the deciding match but couldn’t quite get the Team over the line as Murrayfield stole a 5-5 draw. Sean won 2 on the night whilst Martyn and Lewis each won 1.