Great comeback for B team in local derby

Uphill Badminton Club.

Uphill Badminton Club. - Credit: Archant

Uphill Badminton Club’s B team came from 4-0 to defeat Wyvern in a thrilling derby encounter.

This was a busy week for Uphill Badminton Club with its B, D and men’s teams in action

The B team hosted local rivals Wyvern A in what turned out to be an absolute thriller.

All three mixed rubbers went to three games with Uphill being edged out in all three, the closest being captain Rob Morray and Emily Page-Symonds who went down 21-19 in the third game.

The first ladies’ was lost against the Wyvern pairing of Jane Watson and Rachel Amos. Uphill then found their form, Robin Curry led the way firstly with Billy Fear and then with Rob to get Uphill back to 4-2 behind.

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Harriet Birt won both her matches to bring the match back to four games each and set up a deciding rubber.

Rob pulled Billy through the last rubber in two comfortable games to complete this excellent turnaround and win the match 5-4.

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The foot of the table now reads: Wyvern (played 9) 24 pts; Uphill (9) 22; Feathers B (8) 18. This leaves all to play for in the race to avoid the bottom two.

Uphill’s junior D team hosted Chew Valley C team and the score line of 7-2 to Chew Valley did not reflect the closeness of this match.

Uphill’s line-up consisted of Anna Collins, Anna Bickell (first match), Heather Russell, Ryan Collins, Tom Miller and Rhys Davies.

Chew Valley took the first two mixed before Rhys and Heather hit back to claim the third. The Chew ladies proved too strong for the youthful Uphill trio, however all three put up a brave fight.

The men’s could not have been closer. With Uphill conceding an estimated combined 100-plus years to the Chew trio, it was a real battle of youth v experience.

Ryan and Tom won in three, while Ryan and Rhys just missed out in the third, before Tom and Rhys had another three-setter before losing out. This left Chew as 7-2 victors on the night.

The Uphill men’s team travelled to Wells to take on Wells City in the infamous Bishops Barn.

The team of Paul Wright, Paul Wright, Nigel Judge and Craig Piper all played well in what turned out to be an even match.

After a solid two hours of hard-fought badminton, the teams could not be separated in drawing three-each.

The rubbers were shared around on the night with Nigel and Craig winning two each, with support from Bill and Paul.

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