Banbury Central men returned to Witney Mills to play the Men's National Top club, four days after having lost there in the league.

Lee Young got Central off to a flying start with a comfortable 15-8 win in the Two-wood. After a tight start he found his form and the recalled Middleton Cup lead never looked troubled. 

AlanCarter, also on Middleton Cup duty this year, took over in the full singles and similarly eased to a  21-9 victory.

Yet another Central player featuring in this year's Middleton Cup team, Will Campion, paired up with Graham Morbey in the Pairs and fought a close to be 111-12 down after 14 ends. Things changed remarkably as they then took a six, a five and a four on consecutive ends to put the game beyond doubt, sucring a 32-13 win, which ensured an overall win for Cenral.

The Four of Chick Boyd, Nick Spencer, Andy Wilkin and Keith McNeil were always in control looking comfortable at 18-8 with five ends to go, but a spirited recovery by the Mills made it look closer, getting back to 16-20 down before Keith's men finished strongly, reasserting their authroity by winning the final two ends and finishing 26-16 winners.

Central's only defeat was in the Triples where Tom McKenna, Bob Joiner and Nigel Galletly were up against a very in-form Paul Robbins who had some telling woods that Nigel couldn't quite match, losing 14-20.

Overall a 4-1 victory gaining sweet revenge for the League defeat and moving on to play either South Oxford or local rivals Banbury Borough in the next round.


Women's National Top Club.

Central played Oxford Cioty & County in rainy conditions down at Oxford on Monday night.

In a closely fought contest the team came away with a 2.5 - 1.5 win.

The Pair of Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion won comfortably 23-14, the singles was won 21-10 by Carole Galletly.

The Four of June Bone, Jenny Williams, Mary Tee and Mo Cox were under pressure from the start from a strong City & County rink skipped by current international Kath Hawes, supported by International Team Manager Gail Gilkes. They lost their game so it was all down to the triples to decide the match.

Central's Eloise Jones, Sue Waring and Helen Young kept it close throughout and managed to draw the game 16 all. to give Cenral the half point needed for the win.

Well done everyone. 

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Monday, 18th of February 2019