Close calls prove or­der of the day

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

LAST week proved grip­ping (no rac­quethandle pun in­tended) for matches in­volv­ing the men’s and ladies’ teams from our lo­cal squash clubs – with no fewer than eight fix­tures wit­ness­ing close 3-2 fin­ishes.

Two of them oc­curred nine days ago, when the Bolling­ton and Prest­bury Ladies both faced away-trips in the Cheshire League.

Wins by An­nika Hall, Louise Good­hind and Michelle Fletcher se­cured the match at As­tra Zeneca for ‘Bolly’.

But Prest­bury were beaten in theirs de­spite vic­to­ries for Fran James and Sarah Lons­dale over high­er­ranked op­po­nents at Heswall.

The men’s sides were in ac­tion three days later. And there was heart­break for Bolling­ton 1, who went down 3-2 to Con­gle­ton 1 in Di­vi­sion Two East - leav­ing them 50 points from safety with four matches re­main­ing.

In Di­vi­sion Three South East, Prest­bury 1 also fea­tured in one of the eight nail-biters – al­though the col­lec­tive ex­pe­ri­ence of Paul Lo­mas, Mike Lo­mas and Rick Bower even­tu­ally saw the ru­n­away lead­ers through against Al­sager 1.

Else­where, in this di­vi­sion, Prest­bury 2 lost 5-0 and Macclesfield Squash 1 4-1 to, re­spec­tively, Toll­gate 1 and Grove Park 4. The two teams re­main ei­ther side of the drop-zone - with Prest­bury’s ‘Sec­onds‘ hold­ing a 44-point ad­van­tage over their town-neigh­bours.

Bolling­ton 2, in Di­vi­sion Four South, en­dured a tough evening - los­ing 5-0 at ta­ble-top­pers Knutsford Sports 1.

And Macclesfield Squash 2’s rel­e­ga­tion from the di­vi­sion was con­firmed in spite of a spir­ited 3-2 re­verse against Knutsford’s ‘Sec­onds’.

But Prest­bury 3 gave their hopes of sur­vival a boost - beat­ing Grove Park 6 by the odd match in five.

David Hunt and cap­tain Kevin Wynne set the ‘Thirds’ on the way, be­fore David Fitzpa­trick won the de­cider.

Which leaves Di­vi­sion Five South, where two more of those cliffhang­ers were to be found.

Bolling­ton 3 - with Eu­gene Mole, Martin Og­den and James Wal­ton all win­ning – edged out Knutsford Sports 4.

But the ’40-pointer’ con­test in­volv­ing pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Prest­bury 3 nar­rowly went the way of Knutsford’s sec­ond­placed third team.

Prest­bury 5’s line-up once again blended youth and long-stand­ing ex­pe­ri­ence - al­though a se­ries of bat­tling in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances could not pre­vent a 5-0 de­feat by lead­ers Alder­ley Edge 6, who made sure of pro­mo­tion as a re­sult.

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