BATTS, Ormesby and Brighton all have an opportunity to guarantee their place in the top four of the Premier Division when the league splits by winning their fixtures this Saturday.
All three sit at the top of the league having won four of their five matches so far this season. However they each face tough opposition with Fusion, TableTennisDaily and Drumchapel Glasgow standing in their way.
Ormesby will make the journey to Bristol to face TableTennisDaily (TTD). New to the league this year TTD have picked up two impressive wins, and will be looking to bounce back from a 7-0 defeat to BATTS last time out.
Callum Evans, Tom Maynard and Dan Ives will line up at the PingPod against last season’s league runners up. Anthony Kent, TTD Team Manager knows the strength that the visiting side possesses.
He said: “Ormesby have great squad depth, so we know whoever they put out will be a real challenge but we’re ready to take on the league leaders and it’d be great to cause a huge upset in our last home fixture before the division splits.”
David McBeath will be the north-east side’s number one alongside fellow Englishman Ben Piggott and Jose Enio Mendes from Portugal. Mendes comes into the tie in good form having picked up a player of the match award in January for his performance against North Ayrshire.
Chris Doran, Alexis Douin and Ralph Pattison will look to extend BATTS’ excellent run of form as they host Fusion in Saturday’s early match.
Starting at 13:00 Fusion look to be without either of the Trumpauskas father-son duo that have made up their squads so far this campaign. Their trio is set to include club regulars Shaquille Webb-Dixon and Robert Pelc. Tianyi Yu is due to make the step up to play their first Premier Division game of the season.
Drumchapel Glasgow are still hunting for their first win of the season, and will face a tough task as they welcome Brighton TTC to Scotland. The home-side will hand a debut to Joe Mulhern who will be joined by Garry Dodd and Danny Bajwa.
Terry McLernon MBE, club founder, praised Mulhern ahead of what will be a memorable afternoon.
He said: “It’s great to have Premier Division table tennis back at Drumchapel again. The team have found it challenging this season but the experience will be worthwhile.
“Young Joe will make his debut this weekend which we are all looking forward to. He’s been working hard and deserves his chance – I am sure he will learn a lot from the game.”
All fixtures will be streamed live on TTE.TV, you can also catch-up on previous rounds and watch all the action again.
The one remaining round six tie between Ormeau and North Ayrshire will be played on Saturday 25th February.
Photo credit – Michael Loveder
Saturday 10th February
BATTS v Fusion – 13:00
TableTennisDaily v Ormesby – 14:00
Drumchapel Glasgow TTC v Brighton TTC – 15:00