Nailsea maintain unbeaten record

PUBLISHED: 15:38 08 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:38 08 July 2015

Nailsea’s Golf Croquet Level play team maintained their unbeaten record in the league.

Nailsea’s Golf Croquet Level play team have maintained their unbeaten record in their third match of the season.

After early season wins at Weston and Cheltenham, they travelled to Dyffryn near Cardiff where Jim Field and David Richards won all of their games and were ably supported by Ryan Cabble and Jim Gregory to an eventual 15.5-4.5 point overall win.

With two home fixtures against Bath and Worcester to come they are well placed to make it to the divisional play-off.

Nailsea’s Parkstone Trophy second division team are scheduled to play Bath, Bears and Taunton on a home and away basis in the regular season and, after the first Bath match was postponed to a much later date in the season, travelled to Taunton to play the first of their return games.

With rain-affected lawns, the Nailsea team struggled in the morning session with David Richards losing 26-14 to Tim Joliff and Pat Long and Geoff Hughes losing their doubles against Jonothan Wolfe and Stephen Custance – Baker by 26-11.

The three afternoon singles were closely fought, Hughes losing 26-14 against Joliff and their Taunton opponents Wolfe and Custance-Baker taking Long and Richards to the time limit all square before losing out to the deciding ‘golden hoop’. Overall, a 2-3 match loss for Nailsea.

Nailsea Intermediate North travelled to Kington Langley to play their third match of the season. Polly Reynolds and Linda Shaw played the morning doubles and in a hard fought game lost by one point.

Brian Roynon had to wait for his opponent to finish ringing the local church bells before starting, but won by the margin of 26-7.

After lunch, all three games were played ‘triplebanked’ on a single lawn, Shaw losing 15-26, but with Reynolds winning 26-25 and Roynon winning by 26-23, this gave an overall match win by 3-2 to Nailsea.

Nailsea Intermediate Central hosted visitors Bath for their third league fixture. A doubles pairing of captain Rob Royffe and Brigit Clayton suffered a series of poor hoop approach shots which let in their opponents to make slow, but steady progress, ending up winners when time ran out by 21-4.

Meanwhile, Neil Devine lost his singles game by the margin of 10-26. The lawns dried out during the lunch interval after which Royffe played several four or five hoop breaks, but was matched by his opponent who won 26-13.

Devine conceded four handicap bisques to his opponent and did well to take the game to a golden hoop finish which he was frustratingly unable to score, losing 20-21 at time.

Clayton caught up magnificently after a poor start to win 23-22 on time and restore a modicum of honour to the home team’s overall losing score of 1-4.

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