Newcomers Free Church make an instant impact in expanded league

Emily Beasley staved off the whitewash as Free Church Q went down to Eathorpe E in Division C.
Emily Beasley staved off the whitewash as Free Church Q went down to Eathorpe E in Division C.

The Leamington & District League’s 2-a-side League has expanded to five divisions for its spring campaign and early indications are that the standard has been driven up with Division A runners-up Norton Lindsey A pasted 5-0 by newcomers Free Church AA in the guise of Mark Bolshaw and Jerry Simmons.

Another new team, WCC G, overcame FISCC 4-1 with Doug Lowe winning two plus the doubles with Steve Poole who added one.

Champions Flavels A edged out Snitterfield B 3-2, for whom Henry Lu won twice. Steve Lyons and Roger Potts collected the other three points.

It was a similar story in Division B where runners-up Free Church N were beaten 3-2 by Rugby G, Callum Ball winning twice and taking the doubles alongside Archie West. Oscar Dalrymple and Charlie Snelson were the Free Church scorers.

In Division C, Eathorpe E trounced Free Church Q 4-1 courtesy of Richard Freeman (2) and Jamie Sayer (1), the pair combining for doubles success. Emily Beasley had a good win in response.

Relegated Free Church O also won 4-1 against Free Church P. Joss Farmer won both singles and the doubles with Ben Hall, who won once. Sebastian Priest staved off the whitewash.

Free Church T lost twice to Eathorpe H without scoring a point before Christmas but edged a 3-2 Division D thriller this time around. Chris Jones won two and Nicholas Ho one with Tom Booth keeping the villagers in it with a single and the doubles in partnership with Luca Bloodworth.

Eathorpe G won 3-2 against Free Church R thanks to Ben Barker’s double and James Stone’s single. Sophie Bethell won once and partnered Carolyn Dorning to a doubles win.

Free Church U enjoyed a 4-1 win at Ashorne C in Division E with Emma Briscoe and Fran Singleton winning all the singles.

There were three debutants on show in the match between Free Church W and their club-mates V and one of them, 11-year-old Sarah Costa, won both her singles.

She could not prevent W going down 3-2, however, as Alex O’Driscoll and Brody Speller took a single each and the doubles.