Looking to bounce back

Clifton 9 Bridlington 5
Clifton 9 Bridlington 5

Bridlington’s Yorkshire League team finished their season with a point against mid-table Clifton after a 9-5 defeat.

They will start in Divison Three next season, hoping to bounce straight back into Division Two at the first attempt.

Captain Paul Robinson said: “It’s been a tough season as we have always had regular first team man and first team lady unavailable in every match which at this standard you cannot have.

“The positives of the season is that most of our players are in their late 40s or early 50s and we have still pushed big teams with county players and a lot younger players to their limit.

“That shows me our team are so full of desire and spirit to take on anybody no matter what their credentials are and how big their club is.

“We will hopefully get three men back for next season’s campaign. Storey, Fox and CK Yew re all quality players who have been missed this season.”

Against Clifton, Robinson and Nigel Fell won their first match 21-8 21-9, then lost to Clifton’s first pair 21-18 21-11, which saw a disappointing performance by them in the second set.

Jack Torbett and Shaun Fell did not play well in their games and were far too defensive in both matches they lost 21-11 21-16 and 21-15 21-11.

Helen Brice and Claire Park lost to Clifton’s first pair 21-17 21-16 but they won their second match 21-18 14-21 21-12.

Jo Robinson and Kate Manson were brilliant in their first match to win 21-16 21-15 but they also lost their second match 21-16 21-8.

Paul Robinson and Park lost the first mixed against a Clifton pair who haven’t lost all season. They lost 21-17 and unluckily went down 22-20 in the second set to push the unbeaten pair all the way.

Nigel Fell and Brice were brilliant in winning the second mixed 21-14 19-21 21-18. Shaun Fell and Manson lost 21-13 21-17 as did Torbett and Jo Robinson 21-18 21-16.

Shaun Fell lost his singles in a tough three-setter but Brice was brilliant to win her singles again. She may be 42 but is still a class singles player.

Captain Robinson thanked all his players for their efforts this season and hopes next season can be a better one for the seasiders as they seek promotion back to Division Two.