Uphill remain unbeaten

Uphill Badminton Club teams are still unbeaten this season as three more teams were victorious last week.

UPHILL Badminton Club teams are still unbeaten this season as the A, C, men’s A and men’s B teams all won this week.

The A team were at home in Division 1 to newly promoted Portishead A and continued where they left off last season, winning comfortably by nine rubbers to nil. This season’s A team is Paul Edwards, Ellie Jewell, Matt Cole, Christy Langford, Mark Edwards and Becky Halfpenny.

Despite early season mistakes, the Uphill players were too strong for the opposition and won all their rubbers comfortably, with only the two new mixed pairings being taken to three games.

The C team were playing their second match in Division 3 away to newly-promoted Wells City and won 6-3. The team consisted of captain Julie O’Sullivan, Matthew Valentine, Fiona Singleton, Brian Hadley, Maureen Mathews and Glyn Davis.

Wells started the evening well by winning the first and third mixed rubbers, with Uphill winning the second. In the ladies, Uphill won the first two rubbers, before Wells hit back to take the third rubber which brought the match to three rubbers each with just the men’s to play.

Both the first and second men’s rubbers were hard fought and went to three games with Uphill winning both. The last rubber saw Brian and Glyn win easily in straight games for Uphill. The only person to win all their rubbers was Brian Hadley from Uphill.

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Uphill men’s A team in the men’s Division One were at home to Wells A and won by 6-0. The team of Matt Potts, Neil Sandifer, captain Ian Gilmore and Paul Wright

all played well.

All the rubbers were won in straight games with the exception of that between Matt and Paul and Alex Dadley and Gordon Folkard, which the Uphill pair won 21-15, 20-22, 21-10.

The men’s B team were at home to Mark and won 4-2. Unfortunately, Mark could only field three players. However, Billy Fear of Uphill was loaned to Mark so that all six rubbers could be played.

The rubbers with Billy in were conceded, giving Uphill a three rubber start to the match. This meant Uphill team of Nigel Judge, Fred Brown, captain Bill Ponting and Tony Wisher Day needed to win one of the other three rubbers to win the match.

Judge and Brown lost the first rubber to Matthew Emerson and Adrian Goodenough. Judge and Ponting then beat Emerson and Phil Miller to win the match.

In the final rubber, Brown and Ponting fought a long close match against Goodenough and Miller before finally losing 21-19, 18-21, 19-21 to complete an enjoyable evening’s badminton.

Uphill men’s B team (left to right): Nigel, Fred, Tony and Bill.

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