TWO wins from three matches in March will ensure a high finish for Saddleworth in division two of the Oldham and Rochdale Badminton League.
The month began with a comfortable 14-4 win at bottom-club Shawclough, Neil Mills and Mike Ablott each winning all six of their games.
The victory cemented fourth place, just two spots adrift of the automatic promotion spots.
Next on the fixture list was Kasmir ‘B’ and a debut for Diggle’s Thorsten Babetzki.
Having had a few matches postponed, Kashmir occupy a deceptively low sixth place in the league table but were victorious in the reverse fixture 10-8.
Andy and Neil Mills again played together but this time were not as successful. Going into their last two games of the match they took the first game 21-13 against their ‘B’ pairing opponents.
The Mills brothers should then have finished the job but disappointingly lost their final match 21-9. Frustratingly for Thorsten as he began to grow into the game and was looking for his first win, he narrowly lost his last two games with partner Alan Lau 21-19 and 21-18.
Last up was the visit of Alpha ‘B’ to Saddleworth School. Alpha had an ‘A’ team player Lee Povey who was making up their numbers. This left Saddleworth rather cautious in the opening exchanges and after six games played it was 3-3.
However, Saddleworth rallied and forged a great 15-3 victory, not losing another game. Nick Roe, Alan Lau and Chris Smith each won all six of their games.
Not an unexpected win on home turf, but the margin was certainly a surprise as Saddleworth scraped a 10-8 victory away.
There are only two matches left for Saddleworth before the curtain closes on the 2017/18 season.
There are proposed rule changes being mooted for the league structure that will be considered at the league’s annual meeting in May.