Cup woes are quickly forgotten

Table Tennis: New Kids' Peter Bladen and Elaine Forbes are still unbeaten in Division 2.
Table Tennis: New Kids' Peter Bladen and Elaine Forbes are still unbeaten in Division 2.

After a disappointing cup week, St Andrews table tennis club got back to winning ways this week when all three teams that were in league action recorded fine wins.

On Monday night, in Victory Memorial Hall, Prefects secured a narrow 6-4 win in Division Two against Thumpers from Fort Hill, Broughty Ferry.

Howard Lee and Ken Falconer got Prefects off to a terrific start, winning the first two games of the night, but the St Andrews team then lost three in row before Ian Smith levelled the match in the sixth game.

Ken and Howard took the doubles game in four sets before the sides exchanged the next two games.

Now 5-4 ahead, Howard took to the table in the last game and romped to a straight sets win before Thumpers had time to notice they were still in with a chance of securing a draw.

On the adjacent table, Swots had their finest night of the season against the struggling Bishops.

Captain Bleak led his team by example, winning all three of his singles games, and the doubles alongside Dave Goddard. Dave and Emma Bissett both beat father and son, Jim and Dan Ferrie, but couldn’t overcome the fiery Filip Jovanovic.

However, the overall win was never in any doubt and the final 8-2 score-line presents a lifeline to Swots who are fighting for survival in Division Three.

On Wednesday the New Kids travelled to Fort Hill to face Defenders in Division Two.

As if it wasn’t going to be hard enough, Defenders third man forgot to turn up for the fixture.

So, in what has become the customary pattern of events, Elaine Forbes and Peter Bladen preserved their 100 per cent average by winning both their singles against Ken Head and Richard Tough.

Nick Shepherd beat Ken after coming back from 4-9 down in the first set to win 12-10 and then set himself up for a 3-0 win.

However he lost in four sets to Richard.

Nick and Peter lost the doubles in four sets.

Final score 8-2 in favour of New Kids.

New Kids march on and will soon be mathematical winners of Division Two.

Prospects had a free week.