ETTA Senior British League Final Results(March 07, 2012)
Blackpool TTC - British League Players
Blackpool Table Tennis Club travelled to Leeds for the final weekend of the season in the ETTA Senior British League (Division 5 North). The team failed narrowly to grab a promotion spot following defeats to the division's top two (Tameside and Ormesby) during the first day's play on Saturday. Disappointed - but also motivated by those back to back losses - Blackpool fought back on the Sunday and cruised to deserved wins against Pudsey and Hartlepool, finishing the season in a creditable third place and cementing a successful return to table tennis at the national level.
Blackpool made it a difficult end to the Season for Team Tameside, but the Denton / Lowe strike-force worked its magic and the eventual champions picked up the required wins against Blackpool's top four. Ian Denton looked particularly sharp against Steve Temple (13 wins out of 20 for the season) and he romped home 11-8, 11-2, 11-8. Martin Lowe was a 3-0 winner against Keiron Beswick (19 wins out of 24): 11-8, 12-10, 11-3. Tameside had to wait until the last game to pick up their fifth win. Miles Benjamin was up to the task, he beat Martin Ireland 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 12-10.
Ormesby had kept their title hopes alive by beating Blackpool 6-2. Billy Forster and Sam Hitchen both won twice whilst Dave Ashwell and Aiden Ranftler won once. Billy Forster’s 5-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 win over Steve Temple stood out - particularly with Temple going on to get the better of Ormesby number one Dave Ashwell 6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9 in his second singles. Ormesby’s Aiden Ranftler was another player to impress - he beat Martin Ireland 11-7, 4-11, 13-11, 11-7.
Hartlepool II finished bottom of the table with three points, although they would surely have done better if their leading player, David Godbold (8/8 wins), had played more regularly. Godbold won his two singles against Blackpool. He beat Martin Wyatt 11-5, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8 and followed that with a win over Steve Temple in what proved to be a titanic struggle: 3-11, 12-10, 11-13, 11-6, 11-8. Keiron Beswick and Chris Nebard (7 wins from 14 for the season) were both undefeated, each winning their two matches for Blackpool who ran out 6-2 winners to claim third spot.