Table tennis side given a walk over

Prefects' Howard Lee.
Prefects' Howard Lee.
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In the first match of a New Year at St Andrews Table Tennis Club, the New Kids waited patiently for the arrival of the Rollercoasters from Dundee College for a Division Two encounter.

One Rollercoaster turned up but with his team-mates nowhere to be seen he conceded the tie and returned home disappointed.

A few minutes later, another Rollercoaster arrived to find his team had already lost the match 10-0.

Nevertheless, he made the most of the evening and joined in an impromptu friendly tournament which was enjoyed by all the players at the venue.

The Swots travelled to Dundee to play against the high flying Barons.

It was a tough night for the Swots who were swatted by strong opponents.

Emma Bissett and Dave Goddard picked up one win each for the St Andrews side but their talismanic reserve, Neil Lea, failed to get his legendary backhand into gear and the team ran out 2-8 losers.

Swots are fighting for survival in Division Three and every point won could be vital.

In Division Two, the Prefects earned a 5-5 draw against Defenders at Dundee College.

Ian Smith picked up a fine undefeated hat-trick of wins for the Prefects and Howard Lee overcame Ken Head in five sets.

Howard was also involved in the match of the night, a very tight five setter against Arthur Pritchard.

Every set was decided by the narrowest of two point margins with Howard only just losing out 9-11 in the fifth.

It was tough on the local player who had more than matched his opponents across the entire game.

However, Howard picked himself back up and combined well with Ian to win the doubles match.

The duo were in fien form and wasted little time in wrapping up their win.

Prospects’ match against Telsports in Division Four was postponed to a later date after both teams reported difficulties in fielding a full team.

Next week sees all four teams take part in the Handicap Cup.

Again, the area’s sides will be looking to put on a good showing to progress.