Bolling­ton Firsts bow out fight­ing

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

THE last set of fix­tures be­fore Easter went some way to­wards de­ter­min­ing the prospects of sev­eral men’s North West Coun­ties League teams from the clubs in and around our town.

In one case, un­for­tu­nately, a team’s fate was con­clu­sively sealed as Bolling­ton 1 were rel­e­gated from Divi­sion Two East.

The ‘Bolly Firsts’ went down fight­ing with a 3-2 de­feat of Hyde – but even a max­i­mum points-haul from their fi­nal two fix­tures would now leave them short of sur­vival.

Prest­bury 1 mean­while took a mas­sive step to­wards se­cur­ing the Divi­sion Three South East ti­tle af­ter de­feat­ing close chal­lengers Grove Park 3 by the odd match in five.

The de­cid­ing first-string con­test – nar­rowly shaded by Prest­bury’s Paul Lo­mas against Tom Fairhurst – was of be­fit­tingly high qual­ity and would have graced any Se­cond Divi­sion fix­ture.

Fur­ther down in Divi­sion Three South East, Mac­cles­field Squash 1 won 3-2 at Alder­ley Edge 4 - with vic­to­ries for Rob Al­cock, Adam Cole­batch and Neil Garner - to close the dis­tance from safety to just 16 points.

The team cur­rently in that cov­eted po­si­tion above the rel­e­ga­tion places hap­pens to be Prest­bury 2, who lost 4-1 to Crewe Va­grants 2. So, lo­cally as well as com­pet­i­tively, a tense fin­ish to avoid the drop looks in prospect!

In Divi­sion Four South, a lo­cal derby saw Bolling­ton record a 5-0 tri­umph over al­readyrel­e­gated Mac­cles­field Squash 2. And wins for Bauke van der Ploeg, Phil Colville and David Hunt en­abled Prest­bury 3 to beat Club AZ 3-2 - as well as keep­ing alive their slen­der hopes of stay­ing up.

Prest­bury 4 got back to win­ning ways in Divi­sion Five South - de­feat­ing Rad­broke Hall 2 4-1 - al­though a vic­tory else­where for Knutsford Sports 3 means that they can­not be caught by the ‘Fourths’ for a pro­mo­tion place.

Bolling­ton 3 con­tin­ued their im­pres­sive end to the cam­paign by edg­ing out Cham­pi­ons-elect Alder­ley Edge 6 3-2 for the se­cond time within three weeks.

But Prest­bury 5’s visit to Bux­ton 2 saw the Der­byshire hosts chalk up their se­cond con­sec­u­tive 5-0 win against a side from the vil­lage – hav­ing seen off the Fourth Team by the same score a week pre­vi­ously.

In the penul­ti­mate round of Cheshire League matches three days ear­lier, Bolling­ton Ladies suf­fered a nar­row 3-2 de­feat at Brook­lands 2.

The lat­ter will pro­vide the fi­nal Mon­day night’s op­po­si­tion for Prest­bury Ladies, who made vir­tu­ally cer­tain of fourth place with a 5-0 de­mo­li­tion of Alder­ley Edge 2.

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