Chapel-en-le-Frith GC was a nice parkland course in good condition, slightly quirky but virtually everything was in front of you unlike our last away match. It was nice to have killian Ryan and Jack Sallis back in the team. Lee shepherd came into the side as well, Lee has previously played county golf a few years ago before going to America and finding love.

In the morning foursomes at an extremely windy Chapel, I had two new pairings out, one was in the round shape of Lee shepherd/Mike white and a thinner duo Killian Ryan/George Cordall. Unfortunately both these pairs were to lose very tight matches 2 down and 2/1 respectively. Mark Porter and Ashley Norwood went down 6/5, Liam Taylor/Jack Sallis match was A/S as was Cole Betteridge/Dean Reddington match. Both these matches could easily have gone our way but, for some amazing Derbyshire putting on the last!, which meant we were 4-1 down going into the afternoon.

Everyone was focused and up for the challenge ahead in the afternoon, I had a really good feeling we could overturn this deficit but what I didn’t allow for was the 18th hole!,This hole gave us nothing all day and we played it really well too!! So to break it down, Jack Sallis lost on the 18th to a long snaking birdie putt down hill, Mark Porter lost on the 18th to another birdie putt, Mike White, Ashley Norwood & George Cordall all had birdie putts to win on 18th and not one putt fell in!! Liam Taylor lost 5/4. Cole Betteridge and Dean Reddington won their matches 2/1. Fantastic work from both guys in which they both played some great golf coming in.

Last but not least Killian Ryan getting the best win in the afternoon 3/2. Unfortunately this meant the afternoon singles was 5-5 and an overall loss of 9-6. I would like to thank the effort the guys put in, they never dropped their heads and they fought right to the very end. This result could have easily gone our way on any given day but this wasn’t going to be our day.

Next up is the 6 man team at Belton Park which I’m really excited about as we have a fantastic team out, then after that we have a league match against Warwickshire at Sherwood.

County Captain Malcolm Brown