2015 YIDU Men's Team Fixtures & Table

2015 Table
Pos. Union Played Won Lost Halve For Against Avg Points
1 Sheffield 7
5 1 1
2 York 7
1 2
3 Halifax & Huddersfield 7
4 Bradford 7 4
5 Leeds 7
6 East Riding 7
7 Teesside 7
8 Harrogate 7
2015 Seniors' YIDU Fixtures
  17th May Harrogate 15 v 21 Bradford at Pannal
    H’fax-H’field 20 v 16 East Riding at Meltham
    Sheffield 20 v 16 Leeds at Silkstone
    York 25 v 11 Teesside at Pike Hills
  14th June Bradford 14 v 22 East Riding at Woodhall Hills
    Harrogate 17 v 19 H’fax-H’field at Ripon City
    Leeds 18 v 18 York at Sand Moor
    Teesside 19 v 17 Sheffield at Middlesborough
  28th June Bradford 19 v 17 Leeds at Keighley
    East Riding 13 v 23 Sheffield at Ganstead Park
    Harrogate 29 v 7 Teesside at Bedale
    H’fax-H’field 25 v 11 York at Halifax Bradley Hall
  12th July York 24-12 Bradford at Fulford
    Leeds 19-17 East Riding at Horsforth
    Sheffield 26-10 Harrogate at Worksop
    Teesside 12-24 H’fax-H’field at Eaglescliffe
  2nd August Bradford 25-11 Teesside at Cleckheaton

East Riding

16-20 York at Hainsworth Park
    Harrogate 16-20 Leeds at Harrogate
    H’fax-H’field 6-30 Sheffield at Halifax (Ogden)
  16th August Sheffield 25-11 Bradford at Abbeydale
    Teesside 21-15 East Riding at Saltburn
    York 30-6 Harrogate at York
    Leeds 15-21 H’fax-H’field at Headingley
  6th September Bradford 24-12 H’fax-H’field at Northcliffe
    East Riding 21-15 Harrogate at Hull
    Leeds 28-08 Teesside at Howley Hall
    Sheffield 18-18 York at Hickleton

2015 YIDU Men's Team Results

Men's Team vs Harrogate Union at Hull GC, 6th September 2015


East Riding Team manager, Andy Woodhead was hoping home advantage would be the deciding factor int he battle of the two bottom teams in the league.


Team selection saw a debut for Hessle youngster, 15 year old Joe Allenby.


The foursomes in the morning did not go to plan and saw Harrogate win the first four games. Fortunately for East Riding they took the last two games making the score at lunch 8 points to 4 in favour of Harrogate. There were good wins for Andy Woodhead with new foursomes partner Joe Allenby 7&6 and Lewis Nicholls with Nick Raybould winning 3&1.


With all to play for in the afternoon, especially our pride, I was always confident we could still come from behind to win, said Woodhead.


The afternoon singles matches saw East Riding take the first three matches with wins for Ryan Gray 2 up, Andy Lockwood 3&1 and Alan Wright 2&1 which put the union back in the lead.


The game swung back in Harrogate's favour as they won the next three games to regain their 4 shot advantage.

The East Riding tail end did what was required of them and recorded 5 wins and a draw from the last 6 matches to give the union an overall 21-15 win. There were wins for Jones 3&2 and that was despite receiving a nasty in jury to his neck having been struck by a stray ball from another match. Wins for James Woodhead 4&3, Andy Woodhead 3&1, Joe Allenby 4&2, N Raybould 7&6 and a half for Lewis Nicholls.


I was delighted to finish the season with a win and even more delighted not to finish bottom of the league. Availability of top players has cost the side dearly this season, we will however look forward to next season and try to recruit more players to the squad to give us strength especially at the top end.


Whilst I know I will be losing James Woodhead and Jamie Radcliff who are both turning Pro and joining the professional ranks at Hessle and Hull golf clubs respectively, there is light at the end of the tunnel with new blood coming through.


Joe Allenby was not phased at all playing for the senior side and I see him being a regular addition to the side next season. Matt Raybould who played three games for the senior side this season and did very well in all of them will be another useful addition next season. His brother Nick Raybould has also shown recently both in the Union side and at the East Riding open at Ganton why he should be in the team. Ben Boreman who won the amateur prize at the East Riding open at Ganton is also looking to commit to the side next season.


The final fixture of the season is on Sunday 13th September at Bingley St Ives Club and that is the 6 man team championship, 36 hols stroke play with all 6 scores to count. The East Riding team will be:


Ryan Gray, Alan Wright, Richard Webster, Nick Jones, Andy Woodhead, Nick Raybould.

Men's Team vs Teesside Union at Saltburn GC, 18th August 2015

Men's Team vs York at Hainsworth Park, 2nd August 2015


Last season's inter district union winners York were the visitors to Brandesburton, where hosts East Riding were looking for revenge for last seasons defeat at Strensall.


Selection problems again made selection problematic for manager Andy Woodhead with Steve Robins, Luke Robinson, Ryan Gray and Nick Jones all unavailable. With 4 top players in the team missing it was always going to be a struggle to play such a strong side as York.

York got off to a flying start winning the first three foursomes matches in the morning, however wins from the last three East Riding pairings made it three wins each at lunch. Andy Woodhead and Rees Brown winning 2 up, James Woodhead and Dan Digby winning 4 and 3, Lewis Nicholls and Lewis Blanchard winning 3 and 2.


The singles matches were therefore going to determine the overall result and the union got off to a good start with Andy Lockwood winning 4 and 2 and Jamie Ratcliff winning 5 and 4.


Unfortunately the middle and back order for York were too strong and they won 7 of the remaining 10 games.


There were wins however for James Woodhead 4 and 2, Rich Webster 3 and 2 and Lewis Blanchard 5 and 4.


The final score being East Riding 16, York 20.


James Woodhead remains top of the order of merit and made his lead almost un catchable with two games to go, he has so far won 4 of his five foursomes games and all 5 of his singles matches.

The unions next game will be away at Saltburn in Teeside on the 16th August.

Men's Team vs Leeds at Horsforth, 12th July 2015


Player availability again made selection tough for Andy Woodhead, team manager. With top players like Steve Robins, Luke Robinson, Alan Wright, Dan Digby, Harry Woolfall and Andy Lockwood all unavailable it gave an opportunity to new players to come in and stake a claim for a regular place in the team.


Matt Raybould from Bridlington made his second appearance of the season an Ben Boreman from Cottingham made his debut.

Going into the foursomes matches in the morning with five new pairings out of the six was never going to be easy but I did expect us to do better than we did, with only Andy Woodhead and Ben Borman recording a win. Leeds winning the other 5 matches and going in at lunch time with a 10 points to 2 lead.


The players needed to put in a super human team effort in the afternoon singles if they were going to turn around such a poor morning performance and nearly pulled it off eventually losing out 19 points to 17.


There were good wins for Nick Jones, Lewis Blanchard, Ryan Gray, Rich Webster, James Woodhead, Nick Raybould and Matt Raybould.


I was proud of the players in the afternoon, we nearly turned it around. In honesty though you cannot give any side such a head start and we need to perform better in the foursomes, the only way will achieve this is by having regular partners and players making themselves more available to play.


James Woodhead remains top of the order of merit with another win in the singles but his 100% record has now gone having lost 2 down in the foursomes in the morning.

Men's Team vs Sheffield at Ganstead Park, 28th June 2015


Some late withdrawals from the team in the days immediately before the fixture saw Ryan Rawson, Lewis Blanchard and Steve Robins all unavailable so in came Rees Brown, Nick Raybould and James Jessop from Cottingham for his debut.


Home advantage at Ganstead would hopefully give the East Riding players the edge over Sheffield especially on the back of our away win at Bradford in the last fixture.

Three new pairings saw Lewis Nicholls pair with James Ratcliffe, Andy Woodhead pair with debutante James Jessop and Rees Brown pair up with Nick Raybould.


The early foursomes matches went the wrong way for East Riding with the first three games going in the favor of Sheffield.


Fortunately the back three pairings all won to make it 6 points all after the foursomes. Captain Andy Woodhead and James Jessop came back from the brink having been three holes down with four to play to win the match on the final hole. There were also good wins for James Woodhead and Dan Digby 2 & 1 to maintain their unbeaten record together and also for Rees Brown and Nick Raybould who won 3 & 2.


The afternoon singles would therefore decide the match however it was Sheffield who were to come out on top, winning 7 matches and drawing three of the 12 matches.


There were wins for Dan Digby and James Woodhead and halves for Nick Jones, Alan Wright and Nick Raybould.


James Woodhead is the only player to have won all of his matches, 6 out of 6 to keep a 100% record in both his foursomes and singles matches.


It was obviously disappointing to lose so heavily in the singles but Sheffield were just too strong for us. They have about 55 clubs in their union and have a very strong squad of plus handicap players, we must aspire to their standard but can only do so by putting out our strongest side out.


With five of our normal top six players unavailable it was always going to be an uphill struggle but credit to those who did play for putting up a good game.

Men's Team vs Bradford at Woodhall Hills, 14th June 2015


Team selection was another problem leading into the fixture with Steve Robins, Luke Robinson, Harry Woolfall all unavailable and the day before the fixture experienced player Rich Webster had to withdraw from the team with a hand injury. Replaced by the vastly experienced Alan Wright from Hessle, Lewis Blanchard (Hessle) and Jamie Radcliffe from Hull golf club to make his debut for the East Riding Union.

The foursomes pairings were again put to the test with only three of the usual pairings available.


Mark Woodall and Nick Jones leading the East Riding team out at number one got a well earned draw as did Andy Lockwood and Ryan Gray and Lewis Nicholls and Jamie Radcliffe. The only pair to win were Dan Digby and James Woodhead. The five game unbeaten run of Andy Woodhead and Nick Raybould came to an end when they lost on the last hole. This took the East Riding in at lunch after the foursomes trailing 7 points to 5 going into the afternoon singles.


East Riding got off to a flying start in the afternoon singles with early wins for Mark Woodall and Ryan Gray and a half for Nick Jones. Jones was unlucky having been two up with two to play his opponent sank a 30 foot putt on 17 and a 40 foot putt on 18 to win both holes and force a half.


The experienced Alan Wright and Andy Lockwood had surprised loses both losing out 3 & 2 which put the game level after the first five games.


East Riding then won the next six games with wins for Lewis Blanchard 1 up, Lewis Nicholls 1 up, Jamie Radcliffe 1 up, James Woodhead 2 & 1 Dan Digby 3 & 1 and Captain Andy Woodhead 3 & 2. Nick Raybould lost 3 & 2 despite a credible fight back from 5 down early on in his match.


A superb away win for the East Riding, coming out victors by 22 points to 14.


Captain Andy Woodhead: I was delighted with the result, the foursomes were always going to be difficult with so many new untested pairings but we did enough in the morning to keep in the game. With no recognised number 1 and 2, I was delighted that Mark Woodall and Nick Jones rose to the challenge and brought some early points home, to win 8 and draw one from the 12 games was a massive team effort.


Jamie Radcliffe did superb on his debut and will be a contender to keep his place for the next game at home to Sheffield on the 28th June at home at Ganstead.


Credit also has to go to rookie player James Woodhead who is so far unbeaten this year with four wins out of four and leads the player of the year order of merit. His win against ex-Professional Chris Foster today showed how he has progressed and how he can now contend at this level.

Men's Team vs Halifax & Huddersfield at Meltham Golf Club, 17th May 2015


Despite being without key players like Steve Robins, Rich Webster, Steve Pybus, Harry Woolfall, Lewis Blanchard and Alan Wright I still felt we had a good enough team to go to Halifax and Huddersfield and compete.

The morning foursomes resulted in 3 wins for each side, the East Riding winning pairings were Andy Lockwood / Mark Woodall, James Woodhead / Dan Digby and Andy Woodhead / Nick Raybould. Considering five of the six pairings had never played together previously this was a good start to the match.


This set the afternoon up nicely for either side to go on an win the match. The strong winds combined with fast greens and undulating hills had made the Meltham course a good test of golf for all players. The last green in particularly had got the better of most players due to a pin position and a very fast green that made it very difficult to keep the ball close to the hole even when putting resulting in numerous three putts and a few four putts. The only player to master the green was Halifax's Richard Broadley who sank a putt from off the green to beat East Riding Captain Andy Woodhead one up in the singles.


Halifax and Huddersfield got the better of the singles matches in the afternoon winning 5 of the 12 matches to clinch the match 20 points to 16. There were wins for Andy lockwood, James Woodhead and Matt Raybould in the singles and halves for Dan Digby, Nick Jones, Ryan Gray and Lewis Nicholls.


Despite losing the match, there were some positives to take from the day. Our foursomes results continue to improve and have left us in contention again. James Woodhead and Matt Raybould bothing winning on their debuts can only make the squad stronger going forward and give me as manager options when it comes to team selection. It was good to see the new players doing well and it will hopefully make the other players in the squad have to earn their places and fight to get back in the team which can only make the team stronger going forward.


East Riding have been given a tough start with three of the first four fixtures away from home, the next match being on the 14th June away to Bradford Union at Woodhall Hills.