Close calls prove order of the day
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.