Montrose teams out on top

Montrose Tennis Club’s mixed doubles teams earned two convincing wins last week plus a narrow victory that could prove vital in the final stages of the season.

The first team staked a clear claim for promotion from the Second Division with a decisive 15-3 away win over undefeated Duffus 1.

The first pair of Andy Moffat and Jen Richardson won six sets with the loss of just 10 games, all against the Cupar side’s first couple.

Meanwhile, the second pair of Rob Bennett and Caroline Stewart won five sets and the third couple, Jack Murison and Wendy Sanger, added four.

The second team beat an understrength Crieff 1 side by 18-0, to remain as one of two undefeated teams in the Third Division.

Montrose’s first pair of George Baxter and Niamh McGlynn won all the four sets which they played, with the loss of just three games.

The second pair of Barbara Watson and James Sievewright and the third pair of Richie Wallace and Rhona Alston also won all their sets.

In the same division, the third team earned two valuable points in a 10-7 victory against an unlucky St Andrews 2, who had a last-minute call-off because of illness and then got stuck behind an accident at the Tay Road Bridge.

The first pair of Donald Watson and Kirsty Robertson came up empty-handed in their sets played, while the second pair of Dawn Ramsay and Chad Neighbor won one of three finished.

The third couple, Ally Sievewright and Freya Milne, however, won three sets, giving the home side the margin of victory as St Andrews had to concede six sets.

However, playing in a rescheduled match, the side lost 17-1 away against Arbroath 2.

David MacArthur and Rhona Alston won one set, but Stuart Matthews and Dawn Ramsay could not add to the total, nor could Kirsty Robertson and Ally Sievewright.

The fourth team lost away to West End 2 by the agonisingly close score of 10-8.

Ian Matthews and Corinna Gow won four sets for Montrose.

Stuart Matthews and Joyce Holmes won three, and Richard Henderson and Kara McGeachy added another one.