Sidmouth seniors power to big win over visiting Taunton and Pickeridge
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Sidmouth seniors overturned a huge first leg deficit to ultimately share the two-legged spoils with Taunton and Pickeridge with the final score being 6-all, writes Hugh Dorliac.
What started as a reasonable afternoon deteriorated weather wise as the heavens open about two-and-a-half hours into the round. However, the teams, apart from one set, completed their rounds.
Sidmouth were facing a deficit of 5-1 from the first leg. Bruce Harcourt with partner Phil Spencer led the teams out and established a good lead from the start. Despite playing against two low handicap players they clinched the game on the 12th hole, winning seven-and-six.
The second pairing of Chris Grubb and Charles Brown had a good outward nine winning three holes to one to five halved. There then came a real fight between the teams, but Sidmouth always managed to half when the opponents got a good result while Sidmouth managed two break through scores and finally closed the match on the 15th with a four-and-three result.
Colin Mitchell and Mike Davis had a real ding dong of a match with never more than one hole in it from start to finish and it finished all square on the 18th.
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The fourth Sidmouth pair of Brian Cole and Dave Atkinson quickly got in front and slowly edged away from the opposition to win their match on the 14th, five-and-four.
Sidmouth’s Dave Roberts and Colin Paddon and their opponents were caught on the 11th green when the heavens opened, but their wet gear was at the bottom of the hill by the 13th tee!
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Soaked through, they decided to quit as they were all square at the 13th.
The final pair, Ken Rothwell and H Thompson, had a close game with the Taunton team, but by winning the 16th hole they were able to finish the match three-and-two.
That al left the days honours going to Sidmouth to the tune of a 5-1 win, the identical score they had been on the wrong end of in their earlier visit to Taunton and Pickeridge.