Rickmansworth v Stevenage HFL Home Match Report Sunday 9th September 2018

With part 1 of this 2-part weekend complete, the Sunday team knew this was a must win, especially when the Stevenage players told us before we started that they have won all their home matches and won one away match. 

As normal with this fixture there was some great banter between the players in the clubhouse before heading out to the 1st tee. With the Ricky team getting a look at the greens on Saturday we were confident we would bring the result home.

Again there was some great golf being played and the course was playing fantastic. Speaking with the other groups round the first part of the course each match was very tight. 

In my match there was only 2 in it at the turn in Ricky’s favour and after 13 holes was 1 behind. 

My Dad was my partner and we got it back on track on the last 5 holes and managed to bring in a 6 point lead with a 42-36 final result. 

The second pair of Ben Plumridge and Mick Rogers came in with a 9 point lead with a fantastic 45-36 final result. 

This meant we had a 15 point lead after 2 matches and were in a very strong position. 

The next 2 groups came in with Stevenage clawing some points back with a 42-44 and 42-43 final results. 

This left us with a 12 point lead with 1 group to come in. 

I was confident that the final pair of John Shamoon and Ian Mackie would not loose by 13 and they didn’t let me down with their match coming in a tie with a 40-40 final result meaning we won this match by 12 points and a 211-199 final result.

Our sweep was won by Ben Plumridge and Mick Rogers and they kindly put the winnings in my Charity pot.

This now means we have played all our matches in the league and have won 6 out of the 8 matches and have a positive points difference of +45 points. We scored 1619 points over the 8 matches meaning we averaged over 200 points per match.

After speaking with the other captains the only 2 matches left in the league are Little Hay v Stevenage on the 22nd September and Panshanger v Little Hay on the 29th September. 

As it stands the only team that can catch us is Stevenage. They would have to win their match at Little Hay by 23 points to win the league and 22 points to tie, so it is in the balance at this stage. Herts Friendly League results 2018

I would once again like to thank all the players who have shown support this season with putting their names forward to play in these matches.

Well done to the players in this match and all the players who have played throughout the season.

Martin Bartlett, Club Captain 2018