Prestbury pair suffer slim defeats
BOTH of Prestbury’s squash teams were in North West Counties Summer League South action last Thursday – only for each to end up on the wrong end of a narrow 3-2 defeat.
Prestbury 1 made the short trip to AstraZeneca’s Alderley Park Sport Club, and took on Club AZ - with captain Phil Colville getting the visitors off to a welcome start, courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 victory at fourth string.
Ash Hanson found the going a little tougher against his opposite number, who, while new to team squash, proved a tricky adversary over the course of four close games. But Prestbury’s fifth-stringer – a last-minute replacement on the night – not only dug deep but also prevailed to win 3-1.
Paul Bartle and Graeme English, at one and two respectively, found themselves pitted against high-calibre opponents – and it was to the credit of both Prestbury players that they ran the AZ Club-men close in their first two games, before the patience and accuracy of the hosts ensured a pair of straight-game victories.
With Prestbury’s Paul Maher returning to action for the first time after suffering a broken arm in February, and his third-string opponent Simon Hopkinson struggling with back trouble, little money would have been on their contest becoming match of the night. But a pulsating tussle was to ensue - with Simon’s precise touch shots ultimately edging the honours his way by the odd game in five.
Having had a free Thursday in the previous week, Prestbury 2 kicked off the Summer League campaign by receiving Buxton.
The Derbyshire club is renowned for its proliferation of left-handed players. And, true to form, three of them occupied the visitors’ top order – although Prestbury’s Nathan Mayers and captain Gareth Evans did well to see off the respective challenges of Rick Walters and opposing skipper Steve Hollick.
Keith Tolley – by coincidence, a Buxton player ‘guesting’ for the hosts over the summer – faced the third of the left-handers, and winter team-mate, Dan Mayers