NORTH Ayrshire Table Tennis Club (NATTC) headed into their final match in the British Premier League this season knowing a second place finish was still on the cards.

Though to do this they would have to win their final match 6-1 or 7-0, and their opponents were the unbeaten, so far, league champions Ormesby.

Their task was only made harder when Chris Main lost the day’s first game, to all time great Ryan Jenkins, meaning NATTC would now have to win all seven remaining games to finish in second spot.

Colin Dalgleish got the side back on track with a win in his first single match, before joining forces with Martin Johnson to win a crucial doubles tie to put North Ayrshire 2-1 up overall.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: North Ayrshire Table Tennis Club finished the season in second placeNorth Ayrshire Table Tennis Club finished the season in second place

The next two singles matches would take place simultaneously, with Martin Johnson emerging with a victory from his match, and Colin Dalgleish putting up the performance of the day, dispatching Ryan Jenkins without dropping a game.

In his second singles match of the day, and final game of the season, Martin Johnson ensured a grandstand finish by securing the win.

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The final singles match to finish saw Chris Main involved in a nail biter, which went to a last game decider with the score tied at 2-2.

In the final game he was 9-7 down, but came through to win 15-13, and the game overall 3-2, putting another point on the board for NATTC, ensuring the required 6-1 win.

Coach Billy Main described it as “one of his biggest wins of his long career” as NATTC pulled off the unthinkable against a previously undefeated side.

It created some excellent scenes from the large crowd that had come down to St. Matthew’s Academy to cheer the side on.

Billy added: “It was an amazing result on the day and amazing end to a long season. To finish second in the UK top league was beyond our expectations.

“It’s a great way to end the season and all players and committee and supporters enjoyed a good night in Checcinis, our sponsor, afterwards.”

It was very tight in the end up, with NATTC taking second on sets won - so every single game truly mattered.