FastStep Badminton Academy brought together its strongest young players from its fledgling Elite squad to face the experience of Hassocks Badminton Club in a highly competitive pre-season friendly.
It was a battle of new versus old with FastStep’s Elite squad only formed this year to nurture some of the best young badminton talent in the region. Meanwhile Hassocks this year celebrates its 40th successful year.
From the outset it was a close contest with FastStep just missing out on levelling the tie after 8 matches when the deciding game went to sudden death on 20-20 and Hassocks sneaked the crucial point to put them ahead. Hassocks extended its lead in the final round of matches to secure a 7-5 win.
It was an enthrawling spectacle enjoyed by some of FastStep’s younger players who were invited to watch and learn. Both sides agreed the fixture should be repeated again.
FastStep Badminton Academy provides coaching for young players of all standards in Haywards Heath and Crawley, see www. faststepbadminton.co.uk for details. Hassocks Badminton Club is a competitive local club that meets on Wednesdays 8pm at St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill. See www.hassocksbadmintonclub.co.uk for details.