A CRUNCH match-up in the men’s Aegon National League at Carisbrooke tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, May 8) could provide a vital clue as to our survival chances in the highly-regarded competition this season.
Carisbrooke host West Midlands-based Sutton Coldfield Tennis Club at midday in what looks to be evenly-poised contest on paper.
Both sides are locked on the same number of wins and losses (1-2) coming into this fixture and sit level on points in the Aegon league table. However, Sutton Coldfield have won more rubbers (15-22 compared with 10-26) and sets (17-25/12-26) so far.
Carisbrooke’s last Aegon outing was on April 24 where we came away with a huge 8-4 win on the road against local rivals The Leicestershire whereas Sutton Coldfield fell 4-8 to league leaders Lady Bay.
Since this last Aegon round, The Brooke have also gained momentum on the domestic front, winning our first two matches in Leicestershire’s Premier League.
This is the second of only three Aegon matches scheduled for Kenwood Road in this seven-match season, so supporters are being urged to turn out in strong numbers to really give our lads the best possible chance at victory. Our last home game was all the way back on April 3.
And to help matters along, a barbecue is being organised to provide both players and supporters with some fine grub to go along with the tennis action (please go away thunder and rain!). Thanks to member Simon Armstong for giving the barbie the once-over today.
About our opponents
Sutton Coldfield Tennis Club was founded in 1922 and describes itself as one of the major tennis clubs in the whole country. It is located on the north side of Birmingham and shares its site with a squash club.
Its grounds include two permanent indoor courts, nine floodlit outdoor courts, a large function room and even has its own gym on-site with a gym membership-only option available.
The club’s six-member coaching team is led by Chris Johnson who has coached world-ranked players during his 20-year career
Their first match of this season’s Aegon competition saw Sutton Coldfield travel to Lincolnshire where they defeated David Lloyd Burton Waters 7-6.
In Round 2, it was a West Midlands derby as they lost 4-8 to Birmingham side Edgbaston Priory – the same side Carisbrooke lost 2-10 to in the Aegon season-opener, albeit with a slightly weakened Brooke side.
And Round 3 saw Sutton Coldfield host Nottinghamshire club Lady Bay, where they lost 4-8. However, they came out with a creditable result as Sutton Coldfield took 4 rubbers off the current Aegon table-toppers – the first team to snatch points against Lady Bay this season.
Their top singles performers so far this season has been Chris Priddle, Allan Pengelly and George Foster.
Check out the Aegon National Team Tennis page here to check out the full fixtures/results and league table so far for 2016.