Sad Swots prepare for the drop

Dave Beveridge, Prospects Captain, table tennis
Dave Beveridge, Prospects Captain, table tennis
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Prefects and New Kids played their second Division Two derby match of the season while Swots and Prospects got stuck in about settling their relegation and promotion issues in Divisions Three and Four.

Prefects fielded Kong Wan, Ken Falconer and Howard Lee against New Kid regulars Peter Bladen and Nick Shepherd who were joined for the first time by Dave Beveridge; given the unenviable task of filling Elaine Forbes’ shoes

The match went pretty much to form with Nick and Peter winning all their games, including the doubles.

Peter, however, had to recover from being two sets down against Howard, who also took Nick the full distance.

Unsurprisingly, Prefects’ points were all secured against Dave, although Kong had to come back from 7-9 in the fifth set before chalking up his win.

Final score 7-3 for New Kids.

On the adjacent table Swots lined up their usual trio of Collin Bleak, Dave Goddard and Emma Bissett against Tass, who were playing in St Andrews for the third time in recent weeks.

Unfortunately, Tass made it three consecutive wins against St Andrews teams with a 7-3 victory that almost extinguishes Swots’ chances of staying in Division Three.

Stuart Farquarson was untouchable for Tass, winning all three of this singles games, while Collin, Dave and Emma each collected a consolation point for their team.

Relegation now looks inevitable for Swots.

Dave Beveridge was back in action.

He was joined by Neil Lea and Vuksan Mijovic as Prospects took on Lairds at Ward Road Gym, Dundee in their penultimate league match.

It was a tense but thrilling night with Laird’s left hander Jack Bell playing a blinder and taking a well earned hat-trick.

However, Dave and Vuksan won both their other singles games and the oldies, Dave and Neil, showed great character and determination in coming back from 0-2 to win the doubles match 3-2.

Final score 5-5. The result means that Prospects must bear Sputniks in their last match next week and hope that Sputniks lose to the league leaders, Blackness, the week after.