Rivals’ slip hands title to Prestbury
FOLLOWING a week’s break for Easter, the men’s teams returned to action in the North West Counties League last Thursday.
And a critical evening it was to prove, too, especially for three sides from Prestbury, who between them experienced the full spectrum of seasondefining emotions.
Prestbury’s First Team faced local rivals Macclesfield Squash 1 knowing that 18 points would confirm them as Division Three South East champions.
In the event, the long-time, unbeaten divisional leaders came away with 17 as victories for Mike Lomas, Rick Bower, Brian Lomas and Mike Quartley completed a 4-1 win.
But, in the event, their closest challengers Alderley Edge 3 failed to pick up maximum points on the night – thereby ensuring the title for Prestbury with one match remaining, ironically, against Alderley’s Third Team tomorrow!
At the other end of the table, Prestbury 2 secured safety with a week to spare, following a magnificent 5-0 victory over Grove Park 4. Chris Dunkerley, Paul Bartle, Rupert Richards, Graeme English and injured captain Rob Thorneycroft all played their best, and bravest, squash in the course of picking up a maximum 20-points haul.
But while there was joy and relief for Prestbury’s top two teams, their ‘Thirds’ suffered despair after losing 5-0 in another local derby, against Bollington 2, and having relegation from Division Four South confirmed.
Elsewhere, Bollington’s First Team, although already down, won for the second week in succession, as Division Two East victories for Brig Simpson, Chris Ogden and Oli Cunningham saw them beat Bowdon 2 by the odd match in five.
Basement-position teams Macclesfield Squash 2 and Prestbury 5 shared a sense of symmetry in losing against, respectively, Alderley Edge 5 in Division Four South and Alderley Edge 6 in Division Five South.
And, elsewhere in the latter division, Prestbury 4 ended their campaign with a 4-1 defeat to promoted Knutsford Sports 3. The ‘Fourths’ still occupy third place, but could yet be overtaken by Bollington 3 who have one match left to play.