James Roberts reports:

In their second successive away outing in the Central Winter League, Lichfield travelled to the Bert Williams Leisure Centre, the home of Bilston.

James started strongly in the no. 5 match against the drop shot specialist Sean, taking the first game quite quickly, but Sean soon started hitting some very accurate drops and dinks taking the next 2 games. James levelled to set up a decider which went the full distance, James taking the tie break 10/8. Lichfield 1 up.

On the next court, John Jacques at no. 4 was taken to another marathon 5 setter, which ebbed and flowed, John nudging ahead each time but then being pegged back. However, in customary John style, he kept his composure to triumph in the decider, putting Lichfield firmly in the driving seat at 2 up.

Mark then played Bilston captain Chris at no. 3, which was an entertaining game to watch, with good length shots and quality retrieving from both players resulting in some long rallies. Mark almost contrived to allow Chris back into this in the second game, but was relieved to eventually bag the 3-0 win.

Next up was Ben at no. 2, who came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders, playing blitzkrieg squash to dominate his opponent from the off, keeping him pegged behind him for most of the match, leaving him able to pick his winners. A 3-0 win to put Lichfield into a dominant 4-0 lead.

John was last up at no. 1, playing Kev, the latter wrapping up a fast first game winning it to love. John appeared to be struggling for some unknown reason, not moving around the court that well, allowing Kev to move t0 a 2-0 lead. John made a brief recovery in the 3rd game to avoid the bagel, but this was short-lived, Kev wrapping up a 3-1 win, denying Lichfield the clean sweep.

All in all a satisfying performance for the team, reversing the score from last season and providing us with a nice platform from which to push on. Next up is our first home match on Wednesday 19th November v newbies Wyndley. #GoLichfield