Men’s first defeat in five years

Montrose Tennis Club’s men’s first team lost 8-4 last week to top of the table Kinnoull - in the team’s first home defeat in a league match since 2007.

Back then, the first team was in Tayside Tennis’s Fifth Division, but in 2008 and each following year won promotion until winning the right to play in the First Division this year.

In those four seasons, the team lost only three league matches, all away, with the worst result at home being a draw in 2010.

In the First Division the streak was never going to last.

Montrose, despite lacking coach and top player Graeme Walker, made the Perth team work hard and if two close tie-breaks had gone the other way would have earned a draw and a key point in the battle to stay in the first division.

The first pair of Andy Moffat and Steve West won three out of four sets.

The second pair of two former club champions, George Baxter and Nick Whitecross, lost to Kinnoull’s top couple but played an excellent set to split with the opposition’s youthful second pair.

The third pair, Richie Wallace and Brian Wright, lost heavily to Kinnoull’s first couple but only narrowly went down in two close sets against the third pair.

With a full squad to choose from next week, the team will be ready for the relegation clash against local rivals Arbroath.

Ironically, the team is the only one of the club’s six senior sides to have lost in the first four weeks of the season, as the women’s first and second teams and the men’s third team enjoyed strong wins last week.

Again several matches were rained off.

The resurgent ladies’ first team stayed on full points as they showed David Lloyd no mercy, winning 12-0.

The first pair of junior Marta Krause and Linda Cuthill and the second pair of Jane Cargill and Rachel Myles dropped only two games in four sets, and the third pair of Jen Richardson and Barbara Watson was nearly as strong.

The ladies’ second team also stayed undefeated, in a decisive away victory over Tayport’s first team 14-4.

The first pair of Wendy Sanger and Diane Forbes won five sets, as did the third pair of Jennifer Broadley and Jill Murison.

The second pair of Janet Thomson and Corinna Gow won four sets.

The men’s third team won 13-5 away at David Lloyd.

Alan Sykes and Jim Murison won all but one set, as did the grandson-grandfather pairing of Cameron Eeles and Pete Coupar. Andy Baxter and Graeme Ramsay struggled slightly on the fast carpet courts won still three sets out of six.