Penicuik’s table tennis starts in league action

James Wighton (serving) in action for Penicuik's 3rd team in their winning match against Murrayfield 6.

James Wighton (serving) in action for Penicuik's 3rd team in their winning match against Murrayfield 6.

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Week two of the Edinburgh and Lothians Table Tennis League saw four of Penicuik’s five teams in action.

In the Premier Division, after a disappointing 8-2 defeat away to West Lothian, the first team of Greig McDonell, Colin Green and Iain Johnston would have been hoping for an easier first home fixture than coming up against last season’s runners-up, Murrayfield 1. Although there were a couple of matches which both Greig and Colin lost in a deciding fifth set, the first team were never really in the match as they went down to their second consecutive 8-2 defeat, with both Greig and Colin winning one match. In a tough start to the new season for debutant Iain, he again showed some positive signs for the future and hopefully his first win will arrive soon.

In Division 2, the second team’s undefeated run dating back to September 2013 was put to the test against Corstorphine 4. A win was expected but with their number 1 player, Clive Liddiard, out through injury, the team knew they had to perform at their best to keep the run going and at 3-1 up it looked like being another good night for the 2nd team. Thereafter, however, matters took a turn for the worse as Penicuik lost the next four matches to go 5-3 down. Brian Bailey won match 9 to give the team a chance of a draw but Gary McDougal, deputising for Clive, couldn’t find the form needed to win the final match of the night as the undefeated run came to an end with a 6-4 defeat.

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