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Nuffield St Albans on top after Tring win
3:40pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Local Sport
Nuffield St Albans are top of Herts Division One after a victory over Tring maintained their winning start to the campaign.
The hosts were expecting to have their title credentials severely examined in their first home match of the season.
Tring brought some former England junior players along to test the St Albans team that had got off to a flying start last week with an emphatic 5-0 win over Luton and Dunstable.
Czech international Ondrej Uherka was first on court for Nuffield, playing the former highly ranked England junior player Tom Power.
Uherka has started the season confidently following his exploits for the Czech Republic in the World Team Championships earlier in the summer and he absorbed the strong start of his opponent and gradually inched into the lead to take the first game 11-7.
He took the next two games 11-4, 11-5 to give St Albans the perfect start.
Nuffield number four Jack Fowler found his opponent Charlie Yerrell a different proposition.
Losing the first game 11-6, Fowler also struggled to find any kind of rhythm in the second game. At 9-5 down things finally clicked and he ran off six consecutive points to take the game 11-9 and level the score.
Fowler steadily began to take more control of the game but was constantly berating himself, even after winning a point. However, he won the third game 11-8 and had a three point lead in the fourth when a match ball up at 10-7.
Two more accurate shots to the front finally allowed Fowler to clinch the all important fourth game 13-11 to win 3-1.
Nuffield’s Will John was up against Tring’s Matt Marshall. John sneaked the first game 11-9. The Nuffield player then tried playing a more expansive game in the second but only presented Marshall with more freedom to play his shots to level the score at 1-1, taking the game 11-7.
John took the next two games 11-6 and 11-8, feeding off the increasing number of errors Marshall made.
St Albans captain Tom James went down to a 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 defeat against Darren Withey.
But Nuffield’s in-form player Adam Auckland raced to a a 3-0 win (11-3, 11-4, 11-3) over Tom Phipps to clinch the overall victory.
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