Husband and wife in sparkling form

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HUSBAND and wife Gordon and Margaret Cooper were in top form for YMCA B in a 9-1 win over lowly C Station A in Castleford, Pontefract and District Table Tennis League Division One.

Margaret Cooper, who recently celebrated her 70th birthday, won two matches. She rolled back the years to produce superb attacking and defensive play to beat Richard Fry over five rubbers and Andy Adams over four.

Not to be outdone, husband Gordon (pictured), who is in his 71st year, won all his three games, as did Ian Instone, who beat Keith Lumb and Fry over four and Adams over three.

Keith Lumb was the only C Station player who won, beating Margaret Cooper.

Margaret and Gordon Cooper won the doubles, defeating Lumb and Fry.

YMCA B lost 8-2 to clubmates YMCA A in their second meeting this season.

Gordon Cooper beat Alan Hanson when, after three very close rubbers with winning margins of only two points, he won relatively easily in the fourth rubber.

Instone also beat Hanson over four rubbers.

Margaret Cooper, who took one rubber off Alan, lost all her games against strong opponents.

YMCA A’s Rob Connell and Peter Hugill won their three games fairly easily. Instone was the only player who took them both to four rubbers.

Connell and Hugill beat Instone and Margaret Cooper in the doubles over four rubbers to maintain YMCA’s place in second position.

YMCA B lost 7-3 to leaders YMCA C, for whom John Keegan and Chris Inman won all their games.

Gordon Cooper and Instone beat Carl Keegan over three rubbers and Margaret Cooper defeated him over four.

John Keegan and son Carl beat Gordon Cooper and Instone in the doubles.

YMCA C increased their lead by beating C Station A 9-1.

John Keegan won all his games over three rubbers each, a feat matched by Mark Cambridge, who beating Richard Lumb, his son Marc and Richard Fry.

YMCA C’s third man Carl Keegan won two of his three games, beating Richard Lumb in the fifth rubber and Marc Lumb over three but he lost over five to Fry.

Fry’s record of wins this season has put him top of C Station’s averages.

John Keegan and Cambridge won the doubles.

Division Two title-chasers Knottingley A, fielding their strongest side, won 8-2 at C Station B to avenge an earlier defeat.

It put Knottingley A level on points at the top with Hemsworth.

Dennis Shaw, who was absent from the previous meeting, won all his three games, beating Richard Lumb, narrowly over five rubbers, Marc Lumb over three and Obinna Ifedi by the same margin.

Marcus Hookham who was also absent from the previous meeting, lost to Richard Lumb over four but he beat Marc Lumb by the same margin and Ifedi over three.

Knottingley’s Bob McNaught lost to Richard Lumb over four but beat Marc Lumb over four and Ifedi over three.

Shaw and McNaught beat Richard and Marc Lumb in the doubles over four after losing the first rubber.