It’s all to play for as clubs en­ter run-in

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

THE win­ter sea­son’s end may be fast ap­proach­ing, but for some Men’s North West Coun­ties League teams from our lo­cal squash clubs there is still plenty to play for.

Sadly, Bolling­ton 1, whose 4-1 de­feat last Thurs­day to table­top­pers Brook­lands 1 leaves them 58 points adrift of safety, are un­likely to count them­selves among that num­ber.

With only three matches and a max­i­mum pos­si­ble points-haul of 60 re­main­ing, the ‘Bolly Firsts’ are all but rel­e­gated from Divi­sion Two East.

They look likely to swap places next term with Prest­bury 1, who main­tained their hun­dred per cent record at the top of Divi­sion Three South East by thrash­ing Crewe Va­grants 3 to bank an­other 20 points for the loss of just a sin­gle game.

Fur­ther down this divi­sion, the gap ei­ther side of the drop-zone be­tween Prest­bury 2 and Mac­cles­field Squash 1 has nar­rowed to 28 points.

Prest­bury’s ‘Sec­onds’ lost 4-1 to Al­sager 1, while the team based at the town’s leisure cen­tre earned 20 valu­able walkover points when De­lamere Park failed to field a side for the trip to Mac­cles­field.

It was a bad night for all three teams in Divi­sion 4 South. Bolling­ton 2 and Prest­bury 3 both lost 4-1 to, re­spec­tively, Bux­ton 1 and Knutsford Sports 2. Prest­bury’s de­feat means that they are now over 60 points from safety - and even with four fix­tures left their chances of sur­vival look slim.

The divi­sion’s third lo­cal side, Mac­cles­field Squash 2, has al­ready had rel­e­ga­tion con­firmed. But its play­ers showed clear de­ter­mi­na­tion to go down fight­ing - with wins for Dar­ren Glazer and David Birtwistle in spite of an even­tual 3-2 re­verse against Club AZ.

In Divi­sion 5 South, Prest­bury 4’s pro­mo­tion chal­lenge looks to have hit the buf­fers. The ab­sence of key play­ers due to ill­ness, in­jury or work com­mit­ments proved too much as Bux­ton 2 recorded a 5-0 vic­tory. And a lo­cal derby saw Bolling­ton 3 de­feat Prest­bury 5 by the same score.

In the Cheshire League three days ear­lier, the Bolling­ton and Prest­bury Ladies were both in­volved in close 3-2 fin­ishes for the se­cond Mon­day run­ning.

On this oc­ca­sion, how­ever, for­tunes were re­versed - with ‘Bolly’ los­ing against Alder­ley Edge 2, and Prest­bury edg­ing out Astra Zeneca. Prest­bury’s ‘lead­ing lady’ Jane Mackay se­cured her side’s bonus points by see­ing off Amanda Richard­son in the de­cider.

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