Young aces bringing top game to table
GRIMSBY table tennis aces have climbed to top spot in a British league.
John Bray's Grimsby Mariners, made up of talented youngsters from the region, have won back-to-back matches to climb to the summit of the Senior British League Division Four North.
At the latest league meeting, in Derby, the Grimsby team beat Derwent II, by five games to three, before beating the Bribar Redlands Bats III, 8-0.
Bray said: "We had a very successful day, beating two teams that were above us at the start of play.
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"Every player played to their potential in the afternoon match.
"We recorded our best ever victory in our British League venture, and as a result we are now top of the league.
"Hopefully we can maintain this position in our final set of matches, which take place next month at Hartlepool."
John Hancock was awarded the player of the match accolade in the Mariners' victory over Derwent II.
He won both his games in straight sets.
Sean Ward, left, also achieved a winning double, emerging triumphant from a five-set thriller in his second game.
Jonathan Corry was the top performer in the 8-0 slam against Bribar Redlands, batting to two four-set victories.
The closest game was another five-set tie involving Ward, who stormed back from two games down to clinch the spoils.
The Mariners are a point clear at the top of the standings from nearest rivals, Team Tameside.
Grimsby Mariners received backing from the Grimsby Telegraph upon entering the Senior British League for the first time last season.