Newcomers impress for Shropshire at LTA’s Winter County Cup

Captain Holly Mowling hailed the newcomers introduced to the Shropshire ladies side at the LTA’s Winter County Cup – while Alex Parry, captain of the men’s team, insisted his side will come back stronger following a challenging weekend.

Shropshire’s ladies team face the camera at The Shrewsbury Club, from left: Hanna Cadwallader, Chloe Hughes, Holly Mowling (captain), Cheryl Evans, Sue Dunn, Sarah Willacy and Tamzin Pountney
Shropshire’s ladies team face the camera at The Shrewsbury Club, from left: Hanna Cadwallader, Chloe Hughes, Holly Mowling (captain), Cheryl Evans, Sue Dunn, Sarah Willacy and Tamzin Pountney

The new additions handed the opportunity to impress for the ladies team made the most of their chance to shine as Shropshire consolidated their place in Group 5A, finishing third in the familiar surroundings of The Shrewsbury Club.

Meanwhile, the county men’s team – a year after the thrill of sealing promotion, at Sunderland, to the highest level they have ever played – were relegated from Group 4A after what promised to be a tough weekend at Southampton proved exactly that.

Shropshire’s men’s team line up at Southampton, back from left: Alex Parry (captain), Matt Lee, Luke Henley, Ed Gibbs; front: Tom Loxley, Roan Jones, Jordan Evans, Tomas Cores Birch
Shropshire’s men’s team line up at Southampton, back from left: Alex Parry (captain), Matt Lee, Luke Henley, Ed Gibbs; front: Tom Loxley, Roan Jones, Jordan Evans, Tomas Cores Birch

With an eye to the future, the ladies handed senior County Cup debuts to Hanna Cadwallader, Sarah Willacy and 13-year-old Tamzin Pountney, as they joined long-serving captain Holly, Chloe Hughes, Cheryl Evans and Sue Dunn in the team.

Captain Mowling said: “Having a new injection of players in the team was exciting. The future of Shropshire ladies tennis is now starting to look really promising after many years of not having any new players coming through.

“I feel it is important to get the younger generation in to start giving them a chance to gain some experience for future events. We have a great mix of youth and experience in the team.”

Shropshire opened in style with a 9-0 victory over Suffolk, with Cheryl and Chloe both coming through tough singles matches to ensure the county enjoyed a 100 per cent start.

Day two saw a 6-3 defeat at the hands of Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Shropshire were beaten in the final set of three of the matches to underline just how close it was. Sarah and Tamzin played brilliantly in their singles matches before narrowly missing out in the decisive third set.

Chloe was the county’s only singles winner at No. 1, with Shropshire’s other wins both coming in the doubles as Sue and Hanna, followed by Holly and Cheryl, gained impressive results.

Gloucestershire’s line up had depth right the way through, with Hanna proving to be Shropshire’s only singles winner, before then also going on to win Shropshire’s second rubber, partnering Sue to a convincing victory in the doubles.

Captain Mowling added: “Hanna Cadwallader came away from the weekend winning five out of her six matches, an amazing achievement on her debut, despite being injured all weekend. Her success is testament to her true determination.

“Sue Dunn won all three of her doubles matches, also a great achievement. Sarah Willacy fought hard and played brilliantly on her debut, while Tamzin Pountney, at 13, showed just how talented she is and how she is the future of this team.”

Shropshire’s men’s team made the long trip to Southampton in Group 4A with Tomas Cores Birch handed his debut in a young side led by Alex Parry and also featuring Ed Gibbs, Matt Lee, Luke Henley, Jordan Evans, Tom Loxley and Roan Jones.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight were the first day opponents. Tom enjoyed an excellent singles victory as Shropshire were beaten 8-1, with Matt, who was beaten in three sets by the big serving Jake Norris, Roan and Luke, who was defeated by British Tour winner Liam Hignett, all competing well in their matches.

Next up was Buckinghamshire, another extremely strong side with 1.1 ratings through to No. 5. Roan, the youngest member of the Shropshire side, gained an excellent victory, but the Buckinghamshire players were just too strong in all areas as the county went down 8-1, a hard result to take given the effort put in.

The last day saw Shropshire face Dorset, another very strong side with 1.1 rated players running down to No. 5, including Toby Samuel, who reached the doubles semi-finals at Junior Wimbledon earlier this year.

Roan again stepped up to beat a similarly aged opponent in straight sets. Both Tom and Alex fought hard to try to help Shropshire stay in contention, but both were beaten 6-4 in the third set of their matches. Ed gained an excellent win at No. 2, before the Wimbledon quality of Samuel proved too strong for Luke.

That meant the doubles were a must win for Shropshire, and they won two of the three matches, but were ultimately pipped 5-4, a result which meant relegation.

Captain Parry said: “We will come back stronger from this experience. For our players to be exposed to such a good level of men’s tennis at a young age can only be good for the county.

“I knew it would be a big ask for a small county such as ourselves to remain in such a strong division, especially if the other teams brought out their big guns, which they did.

“But we will go again next year in the Summer County Cup, where we want to push for promotion after going close this year.”

Supporting Shropshire Live...
Shropshire Live
Shropshire Live has been providing Shropshire with independent news and entertainment since 2009. Send us your news to or call 01743 818 095. For advertising information call Fiona on 01743 816 817.
- Advertising -

Emergency services called to river rescue in Shrewsbury

Emergency services were called to the River Severn in Shrewsbury in the early hours of Saturday morning after a man was in the water.

Man arrested and property marked with SmartWater seized

A 26-year-old man was yesterday arrested and property marked with SmartWater seized following an investigation by police.
The Barclays bank branch on Market Street in Oakengates will close in April. Photo: Google Street View

Barclays bank to close Oakengates branch in April

Barclays bank in Oakengates is to close following a decline in the number of customers using the branch.

Match Preview: Fleetwood Town V Shrewsbury Town

Sam Ricketts will be keen to ensure his players focus on league matters when they visit Joey Barton’s Fleetwood.
Beth Heath, director of fun for Shropshire Festivals, with, left, Simon Haddleton, The Shrewsbury Club’s director of tennis, and the club’s operations manager Richard Micklewright

World Tennis Tour W60 Shrewsbury tournament set to be a real festival of tennis

The Shrewsbury Club has teamed up with Shropshire Festivals to make this year’s World Tennis Tour W60 Shrewsbury tournament a real festival of tennis.

Striker Lenell John-Lewis leaves Shrewsbury Town

Lenell John-Lewis has left Shrewsbury Town after the club opted not to renew his expired contract.
- Advertising -
A special bear, of which only 300 will be available, will celebrate Merrythought’s 90th anniversary

90 years and still going strong for Shropshire-based Merrythought

Shropshire-based teddy bear manufacturer Merrythought is celebrating nine decades of business in 2020 with the launch of a limited-edition bear to kick off its 90th year.
Work has begun to create A world leading agri-tech hub on the edge of Newport. Photo: Telford & Wrekin Council

Work begins on world leading agri-tech hub on the edge of Newport

Work has begun to create the infrastructure to support a world leading agri-tech research and innovation hub on the edge of Newport.
Clarissa Pritchard is the latest commercial property specialist to join Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors

Growth in demand for commercial property services at law firm

A Shropshire law firm has expanded its commercial property team as demand grows across all of its offices - from Oswestry and Telford to Ludlow and beyond.
Jamie Edwards, CEO at Shrewsbury Town in the Community

Shrewsbury Town in the Community to launch ‘Challenge Yourself 2020!’

Shrewsbury Town in the Community are launching ‘Challenge Yourself 2020!’
Eddie has become the youngest scholar to be awarded the Georgia Williams Trust Scuba Diving Scholarship which he has now completed at just 10 years old

Telford schoolboy making ‘bubbles’ with charity scholarship

A Telford schoolboy is making ‘bubbles’ in the world of Scuba Diving after becoming the youngest person to be awarded a Junior Open water scuba Diving scholarship from a local charity.

Quiz night to raise funds for Shropshire charity

A top prize of a night at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Canary Wharf awaits the winner of the star raffle prize at a quiz night being held to raise funds for a Shropshire charity.
- Advertising -

Samantha Womack and Tom Chambers to star in thriller classic at Theatre Severn

Samantha Womack and Tom Chambers will star in a brand-new production of the classic thriller, Dial M for Murder at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn this June.
Aladdin has broken all previous Box Office records. Photo: Pamela Raith Photography

Record-breaking success for Shrewsbury pantomime

Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn has confirmed that this year’s production of Aladdin has broken all previous Box Office records.

Jack and the Beanstalk a giant success for The Place Telford

This season’s pantomime at The Place Telford, Jack and the Beanstalk, has been its most profitable and successful yet.
Head chef of The Old Vicarage Gavin Allen (centre) and his team

Shropshire hotel backs the full English breakfast despite poll showing its decline

The full English breakfast has been backed by a Shropshire hotel and brasserie despite a recent poll suggesting the fry-up could be on its way out.
Salopian Brewery has collected 9 awards from the West Midlands Branch of CAMRA

Salopian Brewery collects nine awards from the West Midlands Branch of CAMRA

Salopian Brewery is celebrating after collecting nine awards from the West Midlands Branch of CAMRA.
Adam Purnell, also known as The Shropshire Lad

Shropshire chef to appear on brand new television series

A Shropshire chef is due to appear on a brand new television show next week.
- Advertisment -


few clouds
5.6 ° C
7.8 °
3.3 °
70 %
20 %
5 °
5 °
5 °
4 °
5 °
- Advertisment -
- Advertisment -

Latest Articles

- Advertisment -