TENNIS: Family affair as County sink LMRCA

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It was a family affair for Town League Ladies Winter Division Four high-flyers County C in their recent 5-3 victory over LMRCA B.

In the County squad were sisters Ellie and Trinnie Phipps, who paired up to win all four of their sets, as well as mum Annie Morris, who alongside her partner Sarah Noble-Kendrick picked up an all important set.

Annie Morris was pleased with the family effort in a win which takes them joint top of Division Four, alongside Dallington D.

Morris said: “My girls won all their sets 6-1, 6-0 , 6-3, 6-4.”

“Sarah and I took a set off them with a tough couple of tie breakers to add to the drama.

“This was a much celebrated win after being beaten away last month by them 8-0.”

Despite the win taking them to joint top of the fourth division, Morris’s side still have a lot of work to do to stay in touch with table-toppers Dallington, who have three games in hand over second placed County.

In their match last month, County C and Dallington D played out a 4-4 draw, highlighting how close the gap between the two sides on the court is. However, it may not be a two horse race for the Ladies Winter Division Four title between Dallington and County, as Towcester B sit closely behind the pair in third.

Towcester are only three points worse off than the top two, having played the same amount of games as table toppers Dallington, with three games in hand over second-placed County.

A potentially title deciding clash takes place on Friday, as Towcester take on Dallington, with the winner either retaining or claiming first place in Division Four.

Another big match at the top of the league involving Towcester takes place just over two weeks later, as they travel to current second place side County, where both sides will be hoping keep their title charge going strong.

It would appear that on paper, Dallington C have the easier of run-ins, where other than their match against Towcester, their final three matches are against the bottom three teams: Nether Heyford B, Earls Barton B and Duston United C.

Whereas County C have only two matches to gain points, taking on high-flying Towcester and second bottom Duston.

Towcester look to have the toughest run-in, having to play both of the top two in their remaining four matches.