Montrose victors in Aberdeen v Angus friendly

Montrose Tennis Club’s men got off to a promising start on Sunday, winning an Aberdeen-Angus friendly match against one of Aberdeen’s top clubs, Rubislaw.

Rubislaw dominated in the matches involving the first and second pairs, but Montrose’s depth ensured they had a perfect record against the visitors’ third and fourth pairs and they won 7-5 overall in matches.

Montrose’s first pair of Graeme Walker and Rob Bennett, who is a member of both clubs and organised the tie, lost narrowly to Rubislaw’s top couple but won their other two matches fairly comfortably.

The Montrose second couple of George Baxter and Brian Wright beat Rubislaw’s third pair with the loss of just one game but went down to the visitors’ first pair and then their seconds in two tie-break sets.

Andy Baxter and James Sievewright, Montrose’s third pair, won two matches, including a come-from-behind win against their opposite numbers from Aberdeen that was decided by a champions’ tiebreak. That tiebreak victory ensured Montrose did not have to settle for a draw.

The home side’s fourth pair, Stuart Mathews and Chad Neighbor, managed only two games against Rubislaw’s top couple, but beat Rubislaw’s third and four pairs with the loss of just 10 games.