The University of Sheffield Badminton Men’s 2s kept their 100 per cent record intact as they trounced Leeds Beckett 2s 7-1.
The Northern Conference Cup tie at Goodwin on Wednesday afternoon was the team’s third consecutive win, having already beaten Hull 5-3 and York 7-1 in the league.
The previous meeting between the sides last year ended in a 5-3 Sheffield victory, but the margin of Wednesday’s triumph was far greater.
Captain Shannon Chen led the team of six, which also featured Matthew Chan, Charlie Zhong, Lewis Leo, Tom Moore and Ben Sharples.
In four singles and doubles matches, the home side only lost two sets, as they blew Beckett away.
Zhong started the avalanche of Sheffield scoring when he won 21-8 21-10, with Chen and Chan doubling Sheffield’s lead as they triumphed 21-6 21-7 in the first doubles match of the day.
Leo suffered a setback when he lost 11-21 21-12 21-18, but after that Beckett failed to pick up a single set.
The pair of Tom Moore and Ben Sharples lost just 18 points in their two doubles matches, winning the first 21-5 21-8, and even more remarkably the second 21-1 21-4.
When Shannon Chen and Matthew Chan completed a clean sweep of doubles victories for Sheffield, Beckett were 5-1 down.
The highest quality match of the afternoon brought the home side’s sixth point when Charlie Zhong’s incredible leg-stretching defensive performance dumbfounded his opponent, with the former rounding off a 21-12 21-7 victory.
The final rubber of the day compounded Beckett’s misery as Lewis Leo got his name on the score-sheet, with a 21-16 21-17 win.
Sheffield captain Shannon Chen told Forge Sport: “This year we’ve got loads of really good new players and I’m sure this year we’ll do really well.
“We want to win the league, go up a division and also beat Hallam.”
Unsurprisingly, Beckett captain Ewan Russell was disappointed with defeat. He said: “In all honesty, we weren’t expecting that. We thought we were going to have an easier run, but they brought a hell of a lot of competition.
“One or two of our players have never played competitively before so at the back of the game it was important for them to give it their best shot.”
Sheffield’s victory draws them against Northumbria, a division above, in the second round. Their following league match is at home to bottom side Sunderland next week.