Prestbury pair pick up derby victories
THE fixtures compiler for the North West Counties Summer League generated some additional interest last Thursday, so far as our local squash clubs in the South Division were concerned.
As part of a ‘doublederby’ schedule on the same night, Bollington 1 received Prestbury 2 and Prestbury 1 played host to Bollington 2 – with Prestbury’s sides ultimately enjoying the local bragging rights in each instance.
‘Bolly’, to be fair, had to face not only the on-court challenge of their near-neighbours’ teams - but also an off-court one in the form of half-term holidays which rendered some regular players unavailable for selection.
And, consequently, the respective events at Bollington and Prestbury were run as four-a-side and three-a-side affairs.
Bottom-of-the-table Bollington 1, in the face of a one-string deficit, required success in three of their fixture’s four matches that went ahead. And the hosts made a decent fight of it by winning twice.
Forbes Hunter overcame Greg Stanger 3-1 in a fifth-string battle of the sixth-formers, to avenge a straight-games reverse on the opening night of the Summer League season.
And Mark Collins edged out Prestbury’s Buxton loanee Keith Tolley by the odd game in five.
But accomplished 3-0 victories for Stuart Melia and captain Phil Colville, against Olli Stewart and Will Jordan respectively, saw Prestbury 2 home – taking the visitors up one position to fifth.
There may have been just the three pairings to watch in the fixture at Prestbury – although each appeared sufficiently well matched to produce some closely fought, and entertaining, games.
Andrew Berry got Bollington 2 off the mark with a straight-games triumph – but was made to fight all the way by junior player Keon Raked.
And it was to prove his side’s only success, as 3-1 wins for Nathan Mayers and Paul Maher against brothers Chris and Martin Ogden doubled Prestbury 1’s two-match walkover advantage to ensure a 4-1 victory overall.