All of Penicuik Table Tennis Club’s eight teams were in action in week four of the Edinburgh and Lothians League.
Penicuik’s first team were forced into a change as they faced a home tie against Murrayfield 3. Greig McDonell and Stuart Gow were joined by Iain Johnstone who deputised for the absent Colin Green. When Iain lost match one of the night, the home side were under pressure but five wins out of the next six matches gave the Ladywood side a 5-2 advantage going into the final round of singles matches. Both Greig and Stuart won their final games as the home side triumphed by seven games to three. Greig and Stuart both won three whilst Iain added one. Although very early in the season, the win lifts the team in to an excellent third place in the Premier Division.
In Division 1, Penicuik’s 2nd Team faced a home tie against Corstorphine 1. Having lost out in week three to Corstorphine’s second team, the Penicuik trio of James Wighton, Gary Mcdougal and Abby Wighton knew they were in for a difficult night and so it proved as only Gary managed to get on the scoresheet for the home side in their 8-2 defeat. The scoreline is somewhat unfair on the Penicuik side as five of the first seven matches went the distance with Peniucik only able to win one of those deciding games. With only one point from three matches, last years’ division 2 winners are in need of a confidence boosting win soon.
Meanwhile team three travelled to face Corstorphine 2 who had been victorious against Penicuik 2 6-4 the previous week. Clive Liddiard, Iain Johnstone and Brian Bailey went one better than their clubmates but finished the night still very disappointed as they recorded their second draw of the season. The star of the night was Iain Johnstone who won all three of his singles matches and combined with Clive for a win in the doubles. Unfortunately for the visitors, he didn’t have much support on the night as Clive recorded the only other win for the Midlothian side.
With two draws and a win in the first three weeks of the season, Penicuik’s only undefeated side going into week four was team four and they were looking to maintain their unbeaten record as they travelled to Bathgate to take on West Lothian 6. Chris Markey, Gavin Hunter and Krysztof Laszkiewicz were never in trouble as they recorded an emphatic 9-1 victory. Chris and Krysztof both won three and combined for a win in the doubles whilst Gavin won two.
In Division 3 Penicuik 5 also faced Bathgate based opposition as they took on West Lothian’s eighth team. Gregory Leplatre, John Bald and Phil Daly each won two as they recorded an important 6-4 win. The result was good enough to put Penicuik into fourth place in the Division 3 table.
All three of Penicuik’s Division 4 teams were in action in week four. Having lost their first two matches of the season, team six took on Haddington 2 and recorded their first victory of the season. Luke Hennessey won three whilst Louis Myatt and Louis McLeod both won two and combined for a win in the doubles in the resulting 8-2 victory. Elsewhere in Division 4 results weren’t so positive. After their 10-0 win last week, team seven of Craig Johnson, Stuart Bennett and Millie Bennett were brought back down to earth with a bump as they lost out 8-2 to Edinburgh University. Stuart and Millie both won one match. Finally, in another busy week for the Club, Team 8 were extremely disappointed to fall to a heavy 9-1 defeat at the hands of North Merchiston 5. Neither Sean Lennon nor Lewis Baldock troubled the scorers, Penicuik’s only win on the night being provided by Rachel Petrie.