Busi­ness end of the sea­son

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SQUASH GARETH OWEN

FIX­TURES in the men’s North West Coun­ties League re­sume to­mor­row (Thurs­day) fol­low­ing a one-week break to ac­com­mo­date the Bri­tish Na­tional Squash Cham­pi­onships, held in Manch­ester.

What bet­ter time, then, for a brief stock-take of progress by our three lo­cal clubs - Bolling­ton, Prest­bury and Mac­cles­field Squash - be­fore re­ports are pro­vided over the next few weeks on matches left to play be­tween now and early April.

Bolling­ton have the high­est-ranked in­di­vid­ual side in the area at present with a First Team that com­petes in Divi­sion Two East.

The ‘Bolly Firsts’ have yo-yoed some­what be­tween the Se­cond and Third Divi­sions over the last few sea­sons, and will be hop­ing to buck the trend by stay­ing up this term – al­though they cur­rently lie in tenth place, just un­der the rel­e­ga­tion trap­door.

By con­trast, the vil­lage’s two other teams, in Divi­sions Four and Five South, are en­joy­ing solid cam­paigns and will be look­ing to achieve top-half fin­ishes.

At Prest­bury, there could be joy and de­spair in equal mea­sure come April. The First Team has a hun­dred per cent record at the top of Divi­sion Three South East, and looks set fair for pro­mo­tion.

Any end-of-sea­son cel­e­bra­tions might also in­clude Prest­bury’s Fourth Team, now up to third in Divi­sion Five af­ter a five-match un­beaten run. Prest­bury’s Se­cond and Third Teams, how­ever, are fight­ing to re­main in their re­spec­tive Divi­sions Three and Four, while the Fifth Team - largely com­pris­ing ju­nior play­ers new to team squash - props up Divi­sion Five.

For Mac­cles­field Squash, it has been a chal­leng­ing year, fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of key play­ers last sum­mer. Both teams, in Divi­sions Three and Four, oc­cupy rel­e­ga­tion po­si­tions­from which, alas, es­cape ap­pears dif­fi­cult.

Bolling­ton and Prest­bury also field a Ladies’ team apiece - com­pet­ing against each other in Cheshire League Divi­sion Two. Their fix­tures get back un­der­way next Mon­day.

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