IN Section C of the Bolton Badminton League, fourth-placed Moorside B beat third-placed Roe Green 11-7 at home.

The match was expected to be a close encounter, but the wins almost exclusively belonged to Moorside before the visitors staged a late rally after having lost the match at 11-1 down.

Although Moorside dominated in the mixed play, it was a match, judging by some of the scores, which could have gone either way.

Moorside’s first couple, Pam Lievesley and Andy Yates, comfortably won the opening games, 21-9, 21-11, against Deb Batchelor and James Spiers.

The second pair of games was shared, Roe Green’s Jackie Hurst and Jack Armstrong took the first 22-20, and Pauline Charnock and Steve Drinkwater won the second 21-16.

When the third couples met, Moorside’s Laura Goff and David Gittins claimed the games, 21-16, 21-16, against Christina Manning and Kam Cheung.

The following four mixed games went in Moorside’s favour, Lievesley and Yates claiming both games in the clash of the first couples, 21-19, 21-13, against Hurst and Armstrong, and Charnock and Drinkwater winning the games, 21-17, 21-18, in the second couples' clash with Batchelor and Spiers.

Going into the level doubles, Moorside had reached the draw position and clinched the match in the first pair of ladies' games, with Goff and Lievesley winning 21-19 and 21-17 against Manning and Hurst.

Roe Green then put up a strong fight to claim the final six games.

Roe Green’s Cheung and Armstrong won the first pair of men’s games, 21-19, 21-18, against Gittins and Yates, and Manning and Batchelor claimed the second pair of ladies' games, 21-17, 21-17, against Goff and Charnock.

The final games of the match were won by Roe Green’s Cheung and Spiers, 21-15 and a nail-biting 22-20, against Gittins and Drinkwater.