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Result: Sidmouth 3 Dainton Park 3

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Seniors’ vice captain Doug Goodall led his team against Dainton Park in the first home match since his appointment, and had chosen Glynn Hewitt as his partner, writes Terry Carter.

When interviewed, Goodall, below, said he had been impressed by Hewitt’s compassionate approach to an opponent at Teign Valley last week, who apparently, due to the injury of his partner had to face our pair on his own. Normally we play badly by accident, but our pair managed to encourage the lonely opponent by conspiring to go two down early in their game before winning by a narrow margin. On this occasion a closely- matched game was won by Dainton’s Peter Taverner and Mel Langdon 2 and 1 for the first point. Next off, Peter Emery was giving the shots as he and Barry Jones repaired the damage by winning their game 3 and 2, and Chris Ashley and Chris Rowe won their game on the last to give Sidmouth a narrow lead.

In the next game Ken Rothwell was eager to discover if Colin Paddon, still playing off 15, had recovered from his testing year as last year’s seniors’ captain. He hadn’t, and they struggled against Dainton’s Peter Thompson off 18 and Len Jackson off 21. Many ex footballers take up golf when no longer the right shape for football, and left hander Jackson was a good player who turned to golf late but loves the game, particularly the handicap system. The key moment for this game was when the par three 12th was narrowly won with a double bogie, and the visitors eventually won the game by a comfortable 4 and 2. Sid’s next pair was an interesting choice, with Colston Herbert aiming to improve on his 6 and 5 defeat in his last outing at Windwhistle, and Nigel Sharp trying to do likewise after the same result at Teign Valley. Determined to justify the vice captain’s confident team pairing, they nevertheless lost 3 and 2 to leave Sidmouth relying on the last pair to save a home draw. Dieter Ritz, left, off 16 and Mike Teague off 18, faced Dainton’s Mike Roberts and David Martyn, with both visitors playing off 13 and giving the shots. This time the opposition’s 13 was lucky for our pair, with Ritz again the master of a late finish and Teague playing well in his first Sidmouth match. A strong 6 and 4 victory by our pair secured a draw for Sidmouth, but with Doug Goodall still looking for his first win.

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