Players back on right track after ‘blip’

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Krystle Matthews (20), Mariana Agathangelou (15) and Tracy Hudson (37) all won their second round matches at the Rohais yesterday after receiving first round byes.Only one competitor remains in the men’s singles, Chris Cotillard winning through two rounds to set up a match with Faroes’ Erik Poulsen for a place in the quarter-finals.

The Jersey squad, according to manager Clive Dunford, has got over their shock early defeat in the team competition – an event the Island has dominated for many years: ‘It was a bit of a shock and a disappointment.

‘But it was just one of those things, a blip.

The day off has helped and the squad has played well since.’ Dunford, who lost to Kristian Smulter of Aland 15-5, 13-15, 6-15, reckons the best chance of medals lies with the ladies in the singles after Gavin Carter and Daniel Toft lost 15-6, 15-9 to Guernsey’s Darren Le Tissier and Kevin Le Moigne in the third round of the men’s doubles yesterday.

The duo had earlier beaten pairs from Gotland and Orkney.In the men’s singles Toft lost to Ragnar Lid of the Faroes 15-6, 15-3 in the first round, while Carter lost to Ragnar Rassmussen of the Faroes 15-5, 15.-8 in round two after beating Simon Slater of Orkney 15-4, 15-1.Agathangelou and Matthews lost to Guernsey’s Trebert and Johnson 11-15, 15-8, 15-9 in round three of the ladies doubles, following a bye and a second round victory over the Faroes’ Poulsen and Jacobsen (15-4, 15-9).The Isle of Wight’s Murrant and White beat Jersey’s Tracy Hudson and Jodie Mercier 15-13, 7-15, 15-13 in round one.

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