Top Geary is Back
Winchester Men's seventh team made it seven wins out of seven with a convincing 4-1 win at home to Trojans fifth team, to strengthen their position at the top of Hampshire Division 5.
The early omens had not been so promising as skipper Jonathan Fox found himself 1-2 down against a determined Simon Parnham. But, with judicious placement of the ball, the cunning Fox fought back to turn the match around and take the tie 9-4 in the fifth game.
After spending much of last season side-lined by injury, Simon Geary (pictured) now looks back to his best, and he was simply too fast and fit for Jeff Hennen, steamrollering his way to victory for the loss of just eight points to extend his personal tally to six straight league wins.
For once the previously unbeaten Pete Glyn-Jones seemed unable to locate his bearings, struggling in particular with his driving, and going down to Tim Nicholls in straight games. But Ross Flanigan wasted no time in rectifying the situation for Winchester, outrunning Phil Dimech to win 3-0 and so secure the overall winning points for his team.
With the bonus points in the bag it was left to old boy Olley Harrison to apply the coup de grace at no.1 and this he did in unusual style, being taken to five games by Simon Dalton – before clinching the deciding game 9-0!
So an important 17 points for the Bereweeke Road team to keep them on track to achieve the promotion which narrowly eluded them last year.