Sunderland University Mens 1sts went down 5-3 to York’s Mens 1sts in an enticing clash, though skipper Michael Mow remains upbeat in the face of a defeat and aims to push for higher rankings in the league.

“It was a really close game. Unfortunate that we lost, but my team tried their best. We were up against a better team and this was a humbling defeat. But we accept it in a sportsman spirit and look to bounce back stronger in our next league game,” vowed Maw, who did manage to pick up a thrilling victory in his single’s game and single-handedly accrued all the three points that the home side came away with.

Men’s 1sts are currently second in the league standings, trailing leaders York. But whilst yesterday’s setback hampered the side’s progress towards the pole position, Maw remains defiant and believes the team will do it all to clinch top spot. He said: “We’re definitely aiming for first place and over the next few weeks with proper training, can improve a lot more as a team and get where we want to be.”

The captain has also roughly outlined how they’re going to bridge the gap between themselves and the top: “We are going to focus on our weaknesses, try to iron them out, commit ourselves fully to achieve the objective and hopefully we will succeed.”