Netts C’s first season in Division Three of the Braintree Table Tennis League has been largely a learning experience with some gallant but largely unrewarded performances from their players, all new to competitive table tennis.
But after nine consecutive defeats, the Earls Colne-based side notched up only their second win of the season (apart from a walkover) when they overcame Black Notley H.
The rapidly improving Kierlan Richards was largely responsible. He took his three singles without being stretched to a fifth game.
Jack Gooden, who had not picked up a bat since mid-January, also impressed with a deuce-in-the-fifth win over Jim Davy and joined Richards in another five-game win in the doubles.
Slim Hardy picked up the other win to make it 6-4.
Netts stay at the foot of the table, but they closed the gap a bit as all four teams immediately above them lost.
Notley B maintained their challenge with a 9-1 win over Hedingham Lions, a straightforward victory except that they managed to lose the doubles.
Nomads’ Barrie Applegate produced the individual performance of the week when he beat Notley C’s Matt Wallace, high up in the averages.
The Great Cornard side’s player also registered a comfortable straight-games win over Barry Evans and came within a whisker of a treble when he pushed Oliver Hicks all the way to 13-11 in the fifth in what was a drawn match.
In Division One, Liberal’s B team gave their A team a helping hand in the title chase by taking three sets off Netts A.