Match Report: Loughborough Sport 4-1 Birmingham Lions
Loughborough Sport, with the support of a vocal away crowd, claimed their first victory in the National Badminton League (NBL), after beating Birmingham Lions 4-1.
Amazing 4-1 win today @BcardArena for @NBL_official v @UBSportNBL! Great support from @LUSBC! #GameChanger pic.twitter.com/AqpJ32KEsw
— Loughborough Sport (@LboroSport) March 23, 2015
First up in the Barclaycard Arena was Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith, two of our current national champions, who won their opening mixed doubles 3-0 against Nico Ruponen and Alyssa Lim.
Women’s singles was up next with Linda Zetchiri playing Lions’ Fontaine Chapman, a recent finalist in the English Nationals. Chapman managed to steal the win from Zetchiri with a score of 3-0, to level up the playing field for the Lions.
Chloe Birch and Jenny Wallwork fought back for Loughborough in the women’s doubles in a stunning display to oust Heather Olver and Jess Hopton 3-1, giving Loughborough the advantage of the night.
Henri Hurskainen, in the penultimate match of the evening, lifted the visitors once more in a tight encounter in the men’s singles with a 3-2 win over Ben Beckman.
The final match of the evening saw Loughborough’s Peter Briggs and Harley Towler beat previously undefeated men’s doubles pair Gary Fox and Koen Ridder 3-1.
Speaking after the match Jenny Wallwork said:
We were really happy to get the point on the board, as it’s a bit tense with the matches being close. We knew that was going to be a hard game so we are happy to come through with a win.
Henri Hurskainen on the loud support of the Loughborough fans said:
It started in the first home match when I beat Raj (Ouseph). They help me a lot and I feel like I get extra support from the guys, it’s almost like having an extra player with me.
The victory sees Loughborough now on nine points and puts the team in a great position to qualify for the play-offs.
Loughborough Sport will be back in action seeking a play-off spot on the 27th April at home against Milton Keynes. Student tickets £2.50, concessions £5 and adults £8. Buy your tickets here.