Four Montrose tennis team still without a loss

MONTROSE Tennis Club’s men’s first team consolidated their place at the top of the Tayside Second Division with a convincing 8-1 home win over Tayport last week as the club’s fine start to the season continued.

The first pair of Graeme Walker and Nick Whitecross again won all their matches as Tayport fielded evenly matched pairs.

The second pair of Andy Moffat and Richie Wallace also won all three matches, while the third pair of Murray Pert and Chad Neighbor beat Tayside’s first pair then rallied to win the second set against the second and third couples and secure two draws.

The second team had another disappointing week as their opponents, Tayport II, conceded and are withdrawing from the Fifth Division. Because of another forfeit, by a St Andrews team, and cancellation caused by rain the second team have gone three weeks without a match.

The new third team, under Andy Baxter, however, have won all three matches, beginning with an 9-0 win against Falkland II. The first pair of Dave Walker and Steve West, the second pair of John Stevenson and Fraser McGlynn and the third pair of Andy Baxter and Andy Thorogood lost a total of just 34 games.

The team had a much tougher time away against Scone II, coming out with a 5-4 win. The first pair of Dave Walker and Fraser McGlynn and second pair of Andy Baxter and Alan Sykes each won two matches and drew one. Montrose’s third pair of Jamie Shakespeare and Graeme Ramsay never gave up despite the rain, wind and treacherous courts but failed to win a set.

The third team then defeated Wormit III 6.5-2 last week, with the second pair of Alistair Sievewright and David McArthur winning all three of their matches with the loss of just 10 games. The third pair of Andy Baxter and Jamie Pert won two matches, and the first pair of Dave Walker and Fraser McGlynn won three sets with one uncompleted because of darkness.

Remarkably, three weeks into the season none of the men’s teams have lost a tie. The same is true of the rapidly improving women’s second team, although the women’s first team are finding life in the Second Division difficult and have yet to win.