Report 18th December 2005
The season is off to a flying start in the Newmarket Badminton Federation Leagues with some unpredictable results already, with St. Phillips (of Newmarket) heavily involved.
A massive 6-3 win against perennial champions Newmarket A in the Mixed First Division showed Newmarket’s vulnerability when Scott Perkins does not play, which leaves this division maybe more open than in previous years. The Saints couldn’t sustain the tremendous start, faltering 6˝-2˝ at Borders who continue to play well at home.
The Saints’ Men then fell victim to Burwell A, newly promoted to Division One, losing 4-2. Burwell are taking the Division by storm, with only Newmarket’s top team so far able to overpower them, with a 6-0 drubbing. Newmarket A and Ely Victoria are yet to be beaten in this division.
Borders, in unfamiliar territory following relegation last year, are clear at the top of the Second Division and well on course to return to the First Division next year.
The Mixed Second Division is again looking very competitive with Haverhill, Howard and Burwell tussling amongst each other. Newmarket B, relegated from Division One last year, are now languishing at the bottom of this division.
St. Phillips B team, currently clear at the top of the Mixed Third Division, clearly wish to return to the Second Division - a good 5˝-3˝ result at Crossways included maximum three points for Martin Wilson and Pauline Bond and the team have conceded only one other game so far.
Last year Newmarket A Ladies just failed to go a whole season without conceding a game, dropping just the one at the end against Ely Victoria. They have already dropped their one game against Haverhill, but otherwise it’s business as usual in the Ladies Divisions, with Newmarket A heading the table and all the teams lining up pretty well how they finished last season. Last season’s trial of one Ladies Division had advantages and disadvantages and the latter prevailed, so Linton head the reinstated Second Division. One ray of hope for Littleport was a good 3˝-2˝ win over Soham, who finished above them last season.