Sidmouth seniors lose at Dartmouth bt share spoils over two legs
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Sidmouth seniors made the pleasant trip down to Dartmouth to play their return fixture on the Championship course in breezy, but dry conditions, writes Chris Grubb.
First out were captain David Bromage and Glyn Hewitt and they had a competitive contest with the opposing captain and his partner who took an early lead and led by two at the ninth.
However, Bromage and Hewitt stormed back to be all square by the 17th, but sadly, both made poor tee shots on the 18th, ensuring the game ended all Colin Padden and Bob Winstone found themselves very quickly three up after three holes, but from there on it became an uphill battle as Dartmouth took full advantage of their home course running out three-and-two winners.
Hugh Dorliac and Paul Blay suffered a similar fate against an in-form Dartmouth pairing, losing on the 16th to a three-and-two score line.
However, hope remained for the visitors when the in-form John Bainbridge partnered with Roger Bawden, also currently enjoying a purple patch, and they eventually returned a fine three-and-two success.
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There were high hopes also for the experienced pairing of Les Pratt and Ray Gunston, but they found themselves up against another in-form Dartmouth pair who sealed a four-and-two victory.
Tony Crow and Nigel Sharp were last out and they quickly found themselves five down with just seven holes to play.
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They made a stunning fight back and took the game to the 16th, but eventually went down three-and-two.
On the day Dartmouth were overall winners at four-and-a-half to one-and-a-half, but the match was tied 6-all over the two legs.