YPL Match Report- Chapel A 1 v Pontefract 1

13th Nov 2017

Ponte 1    3    Chapel A 1      2


  1. Jackson Beresford beat Chris Gillespie 3-1 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9.

First up for us was our favourite Kiwi, Jackson, against Chris Gillespie from the North East who was originally in above former World No1 Lee Beachill, which was a little surprising. Anyway, this was fairly evenly matched although Jackson had the slight upper hand perhaps. Jackson loves to volley and stay in front which he was able to do for the majority of the time against a very in shape Gillespie. There were some good rallies with both players moving well and at one point it looked like Jackson could close out in 3. Gillespie is determined though and had other ideas taking the 3rd 11-9. Quite  a tight 4th too but Jackson was able to draw on his experiences in Yorkshire recently, including a game with Nick matthew taking it 11-9.


  1. Omar Eltahry lost to Lee Beachill 0-3.  4-11, 5-11, 5-11

Tough game for Omar this as Beachill is a former World No1 who doesn’t play much but still hits the ball fantastically well. Its always a bit psychological really too because you feel you should be doing better against a much older player but if Beachill moves well, he plays well. Unfortunately for Omar, this was the case, but Omar can definitely play a lot better, and I’m sure he’d love another chance in the second half. The problem also was Beachill’s accuracy and natural delay on the backhand which was unsettling Omar which meant he wasn’t able to pick up the pace as he would’ve liked.


  1. Simon Parke beat Alex Hodgetts 3-1.   9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9.

Hodgetts has improved a lot in the last couple of years, mainly down to improved movement. He’s always struck the ball well, as do most of Malcolm Willstrop’s players, but he struggled a little under pressure. Now, perhaps partly due to his knowledge and experience as a physio, his movement is a lot more stable which means he has more frequent opportunities to smash in his favourite forehand kill, which he did several times, hence me losing the first! I have practised with Hodgetts a lot over the years though and i knew it would be tough but if i dug in i might get a few cheap errors. This happened a little, but not as much as I would’ve liked, until 9 all in the fourth when he smashed in two tins to give me the match…….


  1. Owain Taylor lost to Taminder Gata-Aura  1-3.   12-10, 9-11, 11-4, 11-3.

Owain was riding high after beating our No1 Mark Fuller the previous night in PSL but perhaps that tough match was also his undoing tonight. Gata-Aura is very fast and likes to play at a high pace and made the first pretty tough which he managed to sneak. The second was crucial as it gradually looked like all was not well with our favourite Welshman but he dug in just taking it. After that it seemed there was a niggle and some residual soreness for Owain and he was just not able to move smoothly allowing Gata-Aura to take the next two and the match comfortably.


  1. James Willstrop beat Mark Fuller 3-0.   11-7, 11-7, 11-5.

I wasn’t certain Willstrop would be playing after a 3-2 loss down in Bristol the night before, but he obviously needs the games before Hong Kong next week. It certainly strengthened the Ponte team down the order which meant it was very difficult for us to get the win, but it was all on this match. Obviously Willstrop, the second former World no1 to play for Ponte tonight, was the overwhelming favourite, but you can never write off our Mark, who always gives his all. Sometimes though, against a class act, your all just isn’t enough. Willstrop looked to be moving well, considering his five setter and 8 hour round trip the day before, and was certainly living up to his nickname “the Marksman”. He was extremely accurate with great delay too, and Mark threw absolutely everything at Willstrop, but the 6 foot 5 Yorkshireman almost always had an answer winning in 3. Fantastic effort from Mark though as always…..


Thanks to our travelling supporters Audrey and Ian Coulson, John and Noah Riley and others, it really helps!


Our next game is Hull at home next Wednesday 15th November 7:30 start, please come down and support!

Simon Parke.

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