FENCING: Philip beats his dad to Epee success

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The Custodians Fencing Club held its customary pre-season One hit Epee tournament and combined knockout Epee tournament.

This ever-popular competition has been devised so that fencers who specialise in the three different disciplines of Foil, Epee and Sabre can compete against each other on equal terms.

With one round of fights to go, defending champion Andie Bayston, his son Philip and Joe Neale were on equal points, but with Andie having won the head-to-head battles, he looked favourite to defend his title.

Philip Bayston was up first and enjoyed a clear win over Andrew Clarke to put him in pole position.

Neale was up next but failed to covert a win over a resurgent Barry Leslie.

The outcome of the last fight of the night would now decide which of the Baystons would take the title.

Andie Bayston needed the win over current U17 East Midlands Epee champion Theo Edwards, or the title would go to his son Philip.

Throwing caution to the wind to win outright, Bayston was caught on the wrist by a superb counter attack to give Edwards a much needed win, and more importantly a well deserved first Epee tournament win to foil specialist Philip Bayston.

After a short rest the fencers then prepared themselves for a Knockout Epee tournament.

In the final, defending champion Theo Edwards beat Clive Turner, who has recently returned to the sport.

Anyone wishing to take part in the sport should contact the club through their web site www.custodiansfencingclub.co.uk