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At the time of writing (2
Dec 2014) Lancaster A have played 4 games this season in Fylde & District
Match 1 - Away at
Preston A Oct 1st. Always going to be a tough game against the defending
league champions. With the loss of the services of Alex Wilkinson, and other
absences, it was necessary to bring in David and Liam from the B squad.
However, even our experienced A team members were unable to make any headway
against a very solid Preston performance, and we slipped to a disappointing 3-17
defeat. Team members: Steve Raine & Colin Mitchell, Jackie Pye & Paul
Fearnhead , Michael Cox & Sandra Bell, David Lowe & Liam Aspden.
Match 2 - Away at
Poulton A Oct 13th. Again, absences meant we had to raid the B squad, and Susan
& Audrey came to our rescue. A solid, if not spectacular, performance led
to a pleasing 14-6 win to spark our season's recovery. Team members: Steve
Raine & Colin Mitchell, Jackie Pye & Paul Fearnhead, Michael Cox &
Sandra Bell, Suusan Winder & Audrey Ellis.
Match 3 - Home against
Southport B Oct 30th. A potentially tricky game against some strong players. We
welcomed David Strawbridge and John Farmer to strengthen our team, whilst
acknowledging they may only be available for home matches due to distances they
would have to travel to away fixtures. With Colin Mitchell not available, I was
partnered very competently by Alan Paylor. As the match panned out, two of
their pairs played well, but were held in check by all our pairs. Their other
two pairs were rather disappointing by their usual standards, and were punished
by all our pairs. The result was a comfortable 15-5 win. Team members: Steve
Raine & Alan Paylor, Jackie Pye & Paul Fearnhead, Michael Cox &
Sandra Bell, David Strawbridge & John Farmer.
Match 4 - Home against
Bolton A Nov 27th. Bolton A had started the season well with 3 straight wins,
and were lying a close 2nd in the league behind Preston A. David and John were
again available to play, but Paul's first absence of the season meant some
adjustments were needed in the line-up. We brought in Liam again from the B
squad, and it was decided that he should play with me, leaving Colin to play
with Jackie. At half time, we trailed by 46 imps, and were facing the prospect
of another heavy defeat. However, a spectacularly spirited second half
performance by our whole team overturned the deficit, and we won the match by
12 imps (12-8 VP). This leaves us comfortably in the top half of the league.
Team members: SteveRaine & Liam Aspden, Colin Mitchell & Jackie Pye,
Michael Cox & Sandra Bell, David Strawbridge & John Farmer.
Steve Raine (A team
Lancaster C team won their first match on September 13-7 against Blackburn C.
The IMP difference was +19.
However we were fortunate that 16 imps were gained on one board and without that we would have drawn the match. On that board Lawrence made 4Dx for +710, and Stan and Mike made 5H for +650.
Team: Joyce and Lawrence, Stan and Mike, Margaret and Michael, Dorothy and Harry.
Joyce Snellgrove Captain
The C team lost it's October match 7-13 against Great
Harwood, and won the November match 14-6 against Poulton C.
The same players each time:
Joyce and Lawrence
Stan and Mike
Janie and Richard
Margaret and Michael.
Unfortunately the C team lost it's December match 7-13 to Preston C. We are still just above 50% after 4 games. My thanks to Stan Hayes for stepping in as Captain.
Team: Stan and Mike, Richard and Stephen, Margaret and Michael, Dorothy and Harry.
The C team has had a very average season.
The matches since Christmas have given 2 losses and one win.
In January we lost 2-18 to Preston B, the eventual top of the division. The team was Joyce and Lawrence, Stan and Mike, Margaret and Mike, and Dorothy and Harry.
In February we lost 5-15 to Broughton. Team: Joyce and Barbara, Stan and Mike, Dorothy and Harry, and Allan and Barry.
But finally we won 15-5 against Bolton D, ensuring that we stay in Division 3.
Team: Joyce and Lawrence, Janie and Richard, Margaret and Mike, and Dorothy and Harry.