Bolling­ton still fly­ing the flag

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

LAST Thurs­day saw a lit­tle bit of re­cent his­tory re­peat­ing, as, for the se­cond week run­ning, only one of the six teams from our three lo­cal squash clubs in the Se­cond, Third and Fourth Di­vi­sions of the men’s North West Coun­ties League emerged from its match vic­to­ri­ous.

Once again, too, the suc­cess­ful side was a Bolling­ton one, with the First Team se­cur­ing a 3-2 vic­tory – its first win in over a month – at home to West Heaton 1.

Brig Simp­son clinched the se­cond-string de­cider 3-1, af­ter Lyn­don Stonier and Rick Wal­ters had set the hosts on their way with the same win­ning score­lines.

The ‘Bolly Firsts’ are still ninth in Di­vi­sion Two East – al­beit with a health­ier 12-point breath­ing space above the rel­e­ga­tion slots – and Prest­bury 1 stay in sixth po­si­tion af­ter run­ning ti­tle-chas­ing Bow­don 2 close at Bollin Grove.

Cap­tain Nathan May­ers beat for­mer club-mate Leo Op­pen­heim 3-2 in a pul­sat­ing first-string en­counter, and Rob Al­cock also won, be­fore Prest­bury were edged out by the odd match in five.

In Di­vi­sion Three South-East, Prest­bury 2‘s re­sult - away to Grove Park 3 - matched the nar­row de­feat of the club’s ‘Firsts’, as 3-1 vic­to­ries for Rick Bower and Stu­art Melia were not quite enough to see the vis­i­tors over the line. They re­main ninth but some 23 points clear of the drop-zone, which in­cludes Mac­cles­field Squash 1 - now firmly rooted at the bot­tom of the ta­ble and still with­out a win fol­low­ing a 5-0 thump­ing at Al­sager 1.

Bolling­ton 2, placed third in Di­vi­sion Four South, also made the trip down to Al­sager - far­ing a lit­tle bet­ter against the hosts’ Se­cond Team thanks to wins by Mark Collins and Aldo Palazzo, but ul­ti­mately be­ing pipped at the post 3-2.

And Prest­bury 3’s strug­gles con­tinue af­ter they were beaten 4-1 by their hosts, and fel­low strug­glers, Alder­ley Edge 6.

Prest­bury’s new sign­ing from Vil­lage War­ring­ton, An­drew Wors­ley, was the sole win­ner on the night for the ‘Thirds’, who are 17 points adrift of safety.

In Di­vi­sion Five South, un­beaten lead­ers Prest­bury 4 re­ceived clos­est ri­vals Bolling­ton 2 with just a sin­gle point sep­a­rat­ing the two teams.

But by the end of the night, the lead for the ‘Fourths’ at the top of the ta­ble had mul­ti­plied ten­fold, af­ter Paul Wil­son, Dave Jones, Gareth Evans and Paul Min­shull all won in the course of a 4-1 vic­tory.

Bolling­ton’s Cap­tain Martin Og­den claimed the first-string match to help his team re­main in the pro­mo­tion-race.

Mac­cles­field Squash 2 over­whelmed their vis­i­tors Dis­ley 2, and fur­ther ce­mented them­selves in fifth place, af­ter straightgames wins for Daz Glazer, David Birtwistle, Jon Stoker and Si­mon Fisher, to­gether with a walkover-vic­tory at fifth string, en­sured a 5-0 tri­umph.

And Prest­bury’s Fourth and Fifth Teams each moved up a po­si­tion, to eighth and ninth, re­spec­tively.

The ‘Fifths’ achieved a long-awaited first suc­cess of the cam­paign - win­ning 4-1 at New Mills 2, thanks to vic­to­ries by Phil Colville, Ben Parker, Dave Mar­wood and 17-year-old Greg Stanger.

The ‘Sixths’, fea­tur­ing four ju­nior play­ers, lost 3-2 against Rad­broke Hall’s Se­cond Team, al­though suc­cesses for Matt English (19) and Jonny Mur­ray (14), as well as spir­ited per­for­mances in de­feat by Keon Raked (15) and - against an op­po­nent fifty years his se­nior - Rhys AsquithE­vans (12), sug­gest great hope for the fu­ture!

In the Cheshire Ladies’ League, three days ear­lier, Prest­bury trav­elled across to Liver­pool to take on North­ern Crosby 2 and, for the se­cond match run­ning, lost 3-2 - in spite of wins for Fran James and Sarah Lons­dale.

They re­main fifth in Di­vi­sion Two, while Bolling­ton are now up to third in Di­vi­sion Three af­ter vic­to­ries against The North­ern 3 by An­nika Hall, Louise Good­hind, Deb­bie Kent and June White en­sured their se­cond suc­cess in as many matches.

Rhys Asquith-Evans and Alan Ren­dell

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