December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Stratford teenager ready for French test
Stratford’s Ashley Facey Thompson and GB Para Table-Tennis partner Kim Daybell began their bid for a medal in the men’s class 10 team event at the European Championships with a tough match against the favourites from Poland.
Daybell had two match points in the fifth game against the Polish number two Sebastian Powrozniak but could not convert either and lost the game 13-11 and the match 3-2.
Facey Thompson, a class 9 player, was not disgraced in a 3-0 loss to Patryk Chojnowski, the class 10 world number one and Paralympic champion who had retained his European singles title on Monday.
And in the doubles, the GB pair competed well but lost in three close sets 11-9, 15-13, 11-8.
They needed to win their second match against Germany to keep their medal hopes alive and showed great character and resolution to come through 3-1.
Facey Thompson made a slow start against the German number one Michael Roll but fought back hard and lost in the third 15-13.
The 18 year old Londoner combined well with Daybell in the doubles, which the pair took 3-0 and can take plenty of positives forward into their must-win match against France.
He said: “I gave myself chances against Chojnowski. He’s a really good player and the Paralympic champion and I just came out with no fear and tried my best and it was a good match.
“I was disappointed to lose my singles against Germany but I picked myself up for the doubles. It was a big match and we came out strong and won so that was good.
“We’ve got good chances against France and again the doubles will be crucial so I’m just going to go out there and fight from 0-0 until the end and see what the outcome is.”