Fixture: Oswestry Ladies 3 v Shrewsbury Ladies 5
Result: Won 4-0
Jo Dalietos & Carolyn Yates W 3-6 6-2 1-0 W 6-1 6-3
Mandy Coxhead & Emily Lowe W 6-1 6-4 W 6-2 3-6 1-0
It was with trepidation that the ladies 3rd team travelled to Shrewsbury to play on their grass courts. Shrewsbury were placed in the top 3 of the division so were going to be to tough opponents.
Shrewsbury had a very good pair and a less good pair. Both of the Oswestry pairs won convincingly against the weaker pair in straight sets with loss of just a few games. The rubbers against their 1st pair were much closer contests. Jo and Carolyn got off to a slow start losing the first set but then won the second set 6-2, and so we were into a tie break. Emily and Mandy won the first set but then lost the second to also go into a deciding 3rd set tie break.The team were hoping to fare better than the Hinstock match when both pairs lost the ties breaks resulting in a drawn result. This time however all the ladies played tremendously well winning both tie breaks and thus achieving a maximum win of 4 points.
The team are now in 2nd place in the division, with a game in hand over their nearest rivals. Oswestry play Wollerton next who are a bit of an unknown as they have only played 1 fixture, but our ladies are playing really well this season and have not yet lost a match. If they continue in this way they will certainly win promotion to division 4, which is new territory for the 3rd team.