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