UEL Tennis men’s 1st team sit abreast of the Southern Premier League after the opening half of their first season in the second tier, by four points, with a game in hand over closest rivals Bournemouth.
“The boys have started really fast, we’ve had some tough victories against Bournemouth and LSE, but they’ve rallied together to complete the first six matches unbeaten.” Captain Lewis Thompson said.
This comes as the team try to gain promotion into the national six, the UK University’s best standard.
The only real troubles UEL have had were against Bournemouth, who came down from the national six league last year and are UEL’s main rivals for promotion. The south coasters were leading against the East London men before Patrick Eichler came from a set and a break down to win in three sets.
Jared Linzell secured the winning point as he won a tight straight set match at the number four spot.
For the second half of the season, the return legs for the UEL team stand between them and winning. The first match after the Christmas is the home leg against Bournemouth which if they can win would help increase the gap further and give UEL a bit of breathing space.
The last match of the year will come in the form of Oxford which, should be a dead rubber as if UEL carry on with their fine run of form will give them matches in-hand for the Premier South title.