New year success is a triple delight for club

Stuart Horsfall, Todmorden Badminton Club
Stuart Horsfall, Todmorden Badminton Club

It has been a busy start to 2012 for Todmorden Badminton Club, but one which sees them riding high in all three divisions of the Nelson and District Badminton League.

At the New Year, the mixed team held a one point advantage at the top of their table, the men’s A team were unbeaten after three matches, and while the ladies and men’s B team were both still winless, recent draws had given them hope.

The ladies’ team kicked off the year in style with a fine 12-10 victory away to Burnley.

With Sue King out injured for the season, Pam Wadsworth represented the club for the first time in three years and inspired the trio of Sandra Simpson, Kathy Wilde and Suzanne Oulton in a tie where most matches went to three sets.

Three days later and the mixed team, welcoming back Richard Hollows, brushed aside Nelson College for the loss of a single set to register an 18-1 victory, the highlight being Hollows and Simpson’s 21-8, 21-7 win over Tunbridge and Wolstenholme.

On home turf, and the ladies’ team had an outstanding 12-6 victory over Nelson College.

Simpson, Wilde and Wadsworth were joined by Ruth Frankland to put one over on the champions in a powerful display.

This victory took the team making its debut this season to the top of their league.

The first ever Tod ‘derby’ between the men’s A and B teams boosted the A team’s chances of the league title as they ran out 16-3 victors.

The powerful quartet of Hollows, Paul Hackett, Stuart Horsfall and John Appleby proved too strong, although captain Mike Kaye and Robert Pearson claimed a famous scalp in a three-set thriller over Horsfall and Appleby.

The mixed team, knowing that rivals Towneley are continuing to pick up practically maximum points in their fixtures, played Burnley A at home in early February.

They registered another 18-1 victory, with Simpson, Wilde, Steve Larkin and Phil Howitt gaining maximum points to move to 12 points behind Towneley with a game in hand.

Having narrowly put Towneley out of the Sherratt Cup before Christmas, Tod just about hold the bragging rights this season, but the mixed title will now come down to the teams’ performances against lesser teams in the weeks to come.

BADMINTON TABLES

Mixed

P W D Pts

8 7 0 109

Todmorden 7 6 0 97

Rolls Royce 6 3 0 60

Nelson College 7 2 0 57

Burnley A 6 2 0 43

Burnley B 6 0 0 25

Men

P W D Pts

Nelson College 6 4 0 68

Todmorden A 4 4 0 58

Burnley 5 1 0 58

Towneley 4 2 0 39

Todmorden B 5 0 1 27

Ladies

P W D Pts

Todmorden 4 1 1 39

Burnley 3 1 1 36

Nelson College 4 1 1 34

Towneley 3 2 0 26