In the previous report it was highlighted that the Herts team were rooted to the bottom having passed half way for the season. It was also noted that when the team was at full strength, they were competitive and so the latter fixtures bore that out as they won 3 out of their remaining fixtures and came within a hairsbreadth of winning 4 from the 5.
In the end the improvement in results lifted the side comfortably off the bottom and almost into the pack which could be described as mid table.
The sequence began with a vital away win against fellow strugglers Chantry. The 3-2 scoreline adequately reflects the match, with Scott Richardson registering his first ever win to deliver the victory, and an impressive win at home to Broxbourne followed. As if to underline the challenge outside the 1,2 and 3, the next fixture was lost to Harpenden where Antony and all the girls were missing for various reason.
The penultimate match of the season saw another fine victory at home to Active Fitness, followed finally by one of the tightest matches of the season away to Radlett. With Sean and John Blackwell winning at 1 and 2 and Natalie going down at 5 it was up to the middle order to try and win the tie. All looked promising as Antony took a 2-0 lead but he couldn’t hold it against his unconventional style. Things didn’t look good for Paul as he lost the first 15-3, but battled back to take it to a fifth. Sadly fatigue took over as he lost 16-14 in front of a packed gallery.
The team can take a lot of heart from how the season developed and in particular the progress of the young women in the side who attracted plaudits, if not always points, for the club during the season. When the winter league returns they will all only get stronger.