Mixed fortunes for badminton sides

IT has been another few weeks of mixed fortunes for Todmorden Badminton Club with three of the club’s four teams in action in the Nelson and District Badminton League.

As reigning mixed champions Todmorden went into their third match against Burnley A somewhat adrift of leaders Towneley.

However, Kathy Wilde made her debut in place of the injured Sue King while Richard Hollows also put in his first appearance of the currentseason.

The Todmorden outfit proved too strong for most of the night, the highlight being Hollows’ six straight sets victories, and the new female combination of Wilde and Sandra Simpson triumphing in the ladies’ doubles 21-5, 21-10.

Todmorden ran out 12-6 winners to maintain their second spot in the table.

The men’s second team fared less well in a tricky away match against table-toppers Towneley.

Fielding their usual team of Trevor Wilcox, Paul Atkinson, captain Mike Kaye and Robert Pearson, the side were off the pace all night, losing out 18-1.

The only bright note was a single set taken by Atkinson and Kaye in their match against Towneley’s second and third players.

Todmorden men’s A team finally played their first fixture of the season with a home match against old rivals Nelson College.

They were delighted to pull off a fine 13-7 victory against a side containing three of Nelson’s traditional big guns Jelic, Thomason and Tunbridge.

Richard Hollows led the way by winning six of his seven sets, but was ably backed up by Paul Hackett (five out of seven), Stuart Horsfall and John Appleby.

It is early days, but Todmorden have an excellent chance of at least matching last year’s runners up spot in the men’s league, particularly with strong home form.

Todmorden’s ladies team are due to play their first ever match this week against Nelson College and their debut is eagerly awaited.

Club nights are on Friday at the Todmorden Sports Centre on Ewood Lane between 8pm and 10pm and all players with some experience are welcome.

For further details contact Phil Howitt on 01422 844720.