EARLY season fixtures in the Stafford Table Tennis League saw Burton Manor Marauders opening brightly in division one with an 8-2 victory Lea Hall B.
Adrian Hough and Simon Dangerfield were both unbeaten while Will Ferry picked up a pair.
Also starting well were Burton Manor Vikings who beat Lea Hall A 10-0. The Marauders and the Vikings were then involved in a titanic match which ended in the only fair result 5 5.
Hough led the way for the Marauders with a maximum and Simon Dangerfield weighed in with a double, his victory over Colin Burgess crucial for the point for the Marauders.
Meanwhile, Alison Taylor's victory over Will Ferry was pivotal in the Vikings’ share of the spoils.
The Vikings’ Gareth Dunn, who has changed his approach to the game by generating much more aggression to second and third balls, seems to be reaping the rewards for much hard work.
He overcame Dangerfield in three straight sets and repeated the scoreline against Will Ferry. He also took a set from Adrian Hough and only narrowly lost two others 12-10.
County Officers A started their campaign in division two with 7-3 and 8-2 wins against St Leonards Villains and St Leonards Bullets. The Villains also went down 8-2 to St Leonards C.
Burntwood Community had a mixed start beating St Leonards A 8-2 before losing by the same score to Weston Apollo. Saints A recovered to beat County Officers B 10-0 while the Apollo lost to Bradley House B 7-3.
Opening fixtures in division three saw whitewashes for St Leonards D against County Officers E and Weston Pioneers against County Officers E and F.
Other results featured County Officers F’s draw with Weston Voyagers, while Officers D and Weston Quasars also shared the
spoils. Officers C defeated Weston Eclipse 6-4.