Longthorpe loving life in the fast lane

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Longthorpe have made a terrific start to their first season in the top flight of the Peterborough & District Hard Court Tennis League.

The city club won three successive promotions under the astute leadership of captain Paul Stevenette to reach Division One.

He stepped down in the summer, but new skipper Phil Watson has assembled a star-studded line-up capable of challenging for top spot.

Longthorpe made it three wins from their first four games with a 9-0 whitewash of Stamford B on Monday evening (May 18). They’ve now beaten all three Division One teams from the powerful Stamford club.

The pairings of Watson and Chris Gregg, Tim Palmer and Jan Ortonowski, and Marcie Winlock and Glenn Perkins came through unscathed against Stamford B after some tight, and some not so tight, sets to move top of the fledgling table.

Ortonowski is just 15, but one of many talented juniors coached at the club by Winlock.

Longthorpe have also beaten title favourites Stamford A 7-2 and Stamford C 9-0.

Longthorpe’s only defeat came after a tense tussle at Deeping when home pair James Puttrell and James Westgate survived four set, and effectively team match, points, two in games against both Watson and Mark Nicholas and Gregg and Jason Sowerby, before pinching a 5-4 win.

Longthorpe’s next match is a derby game at Thorpe Wood against the Virgin Active A team on Monday June 1.