Tennis: Pocklington Tennis Club Men’s reports

Pocklington’s Men’s B team faced Long Riston A at home, but the visitors turned up at Pocklington with only two couples, immediately giving the home side a 3-0 advantage.

Pocklington needed this, as only Ross Gleig and Jim Holding were able to beat the two Long Riston couples, 8-2 8-6.

The Men’s C t,eam went into their home fixture with Nafferton without their captain, Robert Sampson, who had an ankle injury. He was replaced by a more than capable Darren Smith who teamed up with his brother Gavin.

Pocklington’s best pairing of the night was the team’s other two Smiths, father and son duo Mark and Adam, the pair leading the way by taking all three sets 8-5, 8-7, 8-4.

Darren and Gavin Smith won two convincingly 8-4 and 8-2 but the week took its toll on the brothers, losing their last set. Pocklington’s other couple, Nigel Bartram and Kevin Beattie, won two sets and narrowly missed out on the maximum sets, losing a tie break 7-8.

The Men’s B team playing in the Tykes League had a tough match, as the visitors from Sheriff Hutton fielded a side of six young agile players. Patrick Dare and Mark Smith resisted with determination and scored one point (14 ganes), as did John Wood and Adam Smith (13 games).

The visitors took the remaining 10 points, winning by 70 games to 38.