By Jack Clarke
The Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre served up another afternoon of pulsating badminton action on a day that saw UCLan’s 1st team seal another victory, edging Liverpool John Moores University 5-3.
The action started with a rare defeat that saw the doubles pairing of UCLan captain James Torch and partner James Finch succumb to a 13-21, 18-21 loss to give LJMU a 1-0 lead.
It wasn’t long though before UCLan started showing the form that had made them one of the most feared sides in the league.
Before long UCLan took a 2-1 lead with victory in the doubles for Dan Porter and Matty Timms. They won a close encounter 22-20, 21-19.
Matthew Vacher, who has been the most in form player for UCLan throughout the season, made short work of his singles opponent with a comfortable 21-9, 21-7 win.
In the final game of the first round, a singles encounter for Arnaldo Solorzano, Liverpool John Moores pulled it back to 2-2 with a 21-15, 19-21, 21-7 win.
There was a tense atmosphere in the sports centre as the second round got underway with everything to play for.
Dan Porter and Matty Timms provided the perfect start with their second doubles win of the day. A 21-19, 21-11 victory gave UCLan a 3-2 lead.
However, James Torch and James Finch unfortunately couldn’t do the same. They were defeated fairly comfortably 21-11, 21-13 meaning it was all square again at 3-3.
Thankfully for UCLan, they had two brilliant singles specialists to rely on in the form of Matthew Vacher and Arnaldo Solorzano.
Matthew Vacher won his second match of the afternoon with relative ease again. He won 21-10, 21-9 to give the home side the advantage.
LJMU had to win the final singles match of the day to earn a draw but fortunately it wasn’t to be as Arnaldo Solorzano held on to win 21-18, 21-6 to secure an overall victory of 5-3 to UCLan.
Captain James Torch spoke to me following the win. “I’m pleased with the win obviously, we drew last week so it was good to come back with the win. They’re a good university and we drew 4-4 with them at the start of the season so it was nice to beat them this time and get three points.”