Prestbury cruising at top of the table
FOLLOWING a one-week break, our three local squash clubs returned to action last Thursday in the men’s North West Counties League.
There were varied fortunes for their five-man teams – more than half of which were involved in close 3-2 battles.
Bollington 1, in Division Two East, were on the wrong end of their tight finish, after Christian Ogden narrowly failed to close out his deciding game under pressure against Crewe Vagrants 1.
‘Bolly Firsts’ remain in the relegation zone, with six fixtures remaining.
In Division Three South East, life was rather more straightforward for long-time leaders Prestbury 1, who secured a maximum 20-points haul, and maintained their hundred per cent record at the top in thrashing Delamere Park for the loss of just a single game.
Prestbury 2 and Macclesfield Squash 1 fought out a tremendous local derby and ’40-pointer’ that went right to the wire – with Prestbury’s Paul Bartle edging out Robin Thorpe in the final game by the narrowest of margins to extend the gap between the two sides either side of the relegation trapdoor.
Two teams in Division Four South gained 3-2 victories over more southerly outfits, as Bollington 2 and Prestbury 3 edged out Crewe Vagrants 4 and Alsager 2, respectively.
But there was more woe for bottom team Macclesfield Squash 2, who suffered a 4-1 reverse against Radbroke Hall 1.
The Division 5 South form-horses, Prestbury 4, kept up their promotion challenge by beating Buxton 3-2 for a sixth successive victory and putting themselves within only eight points of second place.
And a second local derby saw Bollington 3 defeat Prestbury 5 4-1. This included victories for three teenage players – with Bollington’s Martin Ogden and James Walton, as well as Prestbury’s Keon Raked, all showing great hope for the future of their clubs, and for the sport in and around our town.