Prest­bury cruis­ing at top of the ta­ble

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

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.

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