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Oldbury Vs. Ashton Ladies 1

Ashton Ladies 1 vs Oldbury

5.12.13

After an exciting win last week versus Oldbury away, just 8 days later saw Ashton ladies first team host the return match. The same four ladies representing Ashton’s, captain had high hopes for a similar result, remaining undefeated for the first half of the season.

However not all went to plan. Oldbury arrived with a stronger team that the previous match. They were there to win. After a few initial complaints – net too low, floor too slippy – the match got on its way.

Unfortunately not the way we wanted it to. Sarah and Stacey, in normal fashion took their game to three, using it as more of a warm up that a chance to get a head start. Losing 17-21,21-15,16-21. Amy and Chloe had a similar start. With a number of controversial line calls and scoring issues, they lost 21-18,10-21, 19-21. Ultimately a very close game in the third, but the girls too quiet to argue the calls.

2-0 to Oldbury, not the start Ashton’s had in mind.

Next matches saw Sarah and Amy partner, and Stacey and Chloe. Two very close games for Sarah and Amy, but Oldbury clenching the win 21-19,21-18. Whilst that game was going on, Stacey and Chloe had started positively; at 9-1 up Oldbury’s fourth lady – Linda Rowe – hobbled off the back of the court. Taking a seat she explained she felt a pop in her Achilles, not something we wanted to hear! With a doctor on her side Linda was advised to retire from the game. Oldbury called in a sub to play the final game.

3-1 to Oldbury, Ashton’s needed 2 wins out of 2 to get a draw.

Whilst awaiting the sub, play jumped out of order. Stacey and Amy went ahead, easily gaining points, winning 21-10. Second game both lost concentration, but woke up in the final points winning 21-19.

On arrival of Oldbury’s sub the final game got on its way. Brilliant play from Sarah and Chloe to win 21-15. A nail-biting second game, it was clear both teams wanted to win. But with Sarah and Chloe on top form, they won 21-19.

Ladies Badminton - Oldbury3-3. Ashton’s ladies first team remain undefeated and at the top of the league. Next game not until after Christmas.

Information from Linda the following day said the Achilles is still intact with no tear, but unfortunately she is out until next season.

Team Captain – Stacey Horne