Bolling­ton 2 buck the los­ing trend

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

FOL­LOW­ING a one-week break, our three lo­cal squash clubs re­turned to ac­tion last Thurs­day in the men’s North West Coun­ties League.

There were dif­fer­ing for­tunes for their 11 teams - al­though five of the six across Di­vi­sions Two, Three and Four en­joyed lit­tle of the good va­ri­ety, as they suf­fered 5-0 de­feats against strong op­po­nents.

The ex­cep­tions, in Di­vi­sion Four South, were Bolling­ton 2 who re­main hand­ily placed in third af­ter se­cur­ing a 4-1 win at home to Sandbach.

Rick Wal­ters, Stu­art Arnold, Mark Collins and Aldo Palazzo were all vic­to­ri­ous in the course of a third suc­ces­sive tri­umph for the ‘Bolly Sec­onds’.

Both lo­cal teams in Di­vi­sion Two East en­dured their fiveg­ame losses on the road.

Bolling­ton 1 were beaten at sec­ond­placed Bow­don 2 to drop to ninth - one po­si­tion above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

And Prest­bury 1 slipped to sixth, be­ing leapfrogged in the process by their hosts War­ring­ton 2.

In Di­vi­sion Three South-East, it was the same story re­sults­wise - al­though both bot­tom-placed Macclesfield Squash 1 and Prest­bury 2, who are now ninth, went down at home: against Grove Park 3 and ta­ble-top­ping Toll­gate 1, re­spec­tively.

And Bolling­ton 2’s divi­sional com­pan­ions Prest­bury 3 re­main in the base­ment po­si­tion, hav­ing not won since the open­ing night of the sea­son.

Their lat­est vic­to­ri­ous vis­i­tors Rad­broke Hall 1 will, in­ci­den­tally, be­come hosts at Prest­bury with ef­fect from to­mor­row - hav­ing moved the re­main­der of the cam­paign’s home fix­tures from Macclesfield Leisure Cen­tre to Bollin Grove.

In Di­vi­sion Five South, the top two teams – Bolling­ton 3 and Prest­bury 4 – both won, and duly swapped places, again.

Prest­bury now lead by a point af­ter main­tain­ing their 100 per cent record with a 5-0 de­feat of the club’s Sixth Team, with wins for Paul Min­shull, Paul Wil­son and Pat Hunter, as well as ju­niors Jonny Mur­ray (14) and Keon Raked (15).

Bolling­ton, mean­while, hosted Bux­ton 2, and won 4-1 thanks to Tom Bin­der, Andy Phillips, Martin Og­den and 15-year-old James Wal­ton.

As well as stag­ing the match be­tween its ‘Fourths’ and ‘Sixths’, Prest­bury was the venue for a sec­ond lo­cal derby of the night - fea­tur­ing the Fifth Team and Macclesfield Squash 2.

Prest­bury 5 cap­tain Phil Colville led by ex­am­ple to win his first-string match, al­though the re­main­ing four went to the vis­i­tors - cour­tesy of wins by Daz Glazer, David Birtwistle, An­nika Hall and Jon Stoker - who, as a con­se­quence, edged up to fifth.

In the Cheshire Ladies’ League, three days ear­lier, Prest­bury, de­spite vic­to­ries for Linda Ma­her and Sarah Lons­dale, lost by the odd game in five to their guests Barn­ton 1 (but none­the­less still moved up a po­si­tion to fifth in Di­vi­sion Two).

And, af­ter some near misses in pre­vi­ous weeks, Third Di­vi­sion Bolling­ton achieved a first suc­cess of the sea­son - rock­et­ing to fourth place by virtue of a 5-0 thump­ing of Vil­lage Hyde.

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