The Northumberland team travelled to Clitheroe in Lancashire to meet the side that has been our nemesis in the league for the last few years.
The Northumberland team travelled to Clitheroe in Lancashire to meet the side that has been our nemesis in the league for the last few years. Our games against the very strong county of Lancashire are always very tight.
Most of the games come down to the 18th green and we always just miss out, and unfortunately this game would follow a very familiar theme.
Staying at Blackburn Rovers' training facility we gathered in the morning and discussed the challenge ahead. The course was quite short but very tricky with Augusta-style slopes on the greens.
In-form Prudhoe player Dan Shevill had to be drafted in following the news of Chris Paisley's Walker Cup selection. With only that small change, we felt strong enough to continue our recent form.
In the morning foursomes we just edged ahead 31/2 to 21/2 with James Curry and Mark Penny playing some sensational golf to win 5&4.
This score was matched by the two Craigs, Wilkinson and Penny, and our USA team of Kris Gray and Darren Smith, who are both on scholarships in the States.
In the second match, the City duo of 'Nige' Nicky Maddison and Gypsie Phil Ridden were one down playing the par 5 last. Following a good second shot into the throat of the green by Phil, Maddison played a lofted wedge and holed out for an eagle 3 and a well deserved halved match.
In the singles matches, Ridden kept his 100% win record and Sean Heads remains undefeated, halving his match.
Most of the matches were tight but when Nicky Maddison went 2up after 15 things looked to be going in our favour however, his opponent slotted three birdies to finish and on the 18th, and with a birdie himself, Nicky secured a half point.
This theme continued with the crucial match being Ben Taylor and ex-St Helens rugby league player Ken Hudson, who were all square playing 18. Ben hit two glorious woods to 25 feet with his opponent some 50 yards short of the green. Ken played a superb pitch to three feet and when Ben's put came up agonisingly short Ken holed for the half point and the crucial half that gave Lancashire the edge with an overall result of 9.5 to 8.5.
Well done lads, a great team performance where everyone contributed points.
Northumberland Golf would like to thank our match sponsors RAILNEWS.