Bears overcame their newly promoted opponents by the finest of margins to maintain their 100% win record in the Solihull 1st division.
Fielding (courting?) the same team as last time out, it started well for Bears as Andy and Christian overcame their opponents in 3, before Ray and Ben did the same with a relatively routine win in 2. However, Longmeadow improved fast, beating back both pairs with their strong defensive and consistent play to make the scores 2-2 with both going to 3 games. The turning point in the game came when Ben and Christian then managed to edge out Longmeadow in 2 games, despite very rarely being in front at any point! Despite finding it difficult to attack through Longmeadow's steely defence, and often being caught out by their seamless conversion from defence to attack, the bears pair found a way to win through sheer willpower and determination. Ben and Chris shared an emotional hug as they knew what the win in 2 meant - the overall match was theirs! Ray and Andy were unable to get through a tough final game, losing in two, but perhaps a 4-2 win would have flattered bears. Instead a 3-3 match being settled by 8 rubbers to 7 was a more fitting reflection of the closeness of the match.
We would like to wish a very good Longmeadow side best of luck for the rest of the season, other teams should underestimate them at their peril! Next up for Bears are league leaders Solihull and Shirley, the only other team to win all games so far and reigning champions. Bears will have to pull out all the stops to beat them!
Result: Bears 3 - 3 Longmeadow (Bears win 8-7 on rubbers)
Team: Ray, Ben, Andy, Chris
Man of the match: Chris
Next match: Sunday 12th November vs Solihull & Shirley