Macc teams en­joy taste of suc­cess

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

THIS week’s round-up of ac­tion in the North West Coun­ties League sees name-checks out­weigh de­scrip­tion, as a whop­ping nine of the 11 men’s teams from our lo­cal clubs en­joyed vic­to­ries last Thurs­day!

In Divi­sion Two East, Prest­bury’s and Bolling­ton’s First Teams both got back to win­ning ways - hav­ing last en­joyed suc­cess on, re­spec­tively, 2 Fe­bru­ary and 26 Jan­uary, and in each case against base­ment side Alder­ley Edge 3.

Sixth-placed Prest­bury 1 did cut things rather fine at home to rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened West Heaton 1, but wins for Rob Al­cock and broth­ers Mike and Brian Lo­mas saw the hosts over the line by the odd match in five.

And that re­sult will have been re­ceived as good news at Bolling­ton, where the ‘Firsts’ hosted, and tri­umphed 4-1 over, Alder­ley Edge 2 to re­main in ninth and four points above the drop-zone, thanks to vic­to­ries by Lyn­don Stonier, Rick Wal­ters and both Chris Og­dens Se­nior and Ju­nior.

Prest­bury’s ‘Sec­onds’, in Divi­sion Three South-East, were, like their club’s First Team, with­out a win since 2 Fe­bru­ary.

But they, too, stopped the rot, and moved up a place to sev­enth, af­ter Chris Dunker­ley, Rick Bower and Rob Thor­n­ey­croft edged their con­test 3-2 at Al­sager 1 - al­beit not with­out a pos­si­ble cost for sub­se­quent weeks, with Dunker­ley and An­drew Wors­ley (who re­tired hurt in his first game) sus­tain­ing in­juries.

Mac­cles­field Squash 1’s win­less cam­paign con­tin­ued, with a 5-0 de­feat at divi­sional lead­ers Crewe Va­grants 2 - a re­sult that sees the bot­tom­placed team math­e­mat­i­cally cer­tain of rel­e­ga­tion with three matches still to play.

Bolling­ton’s Sec­ond Team re­main in the sec­ond place for pro­mo­tion from Divi­sion Four East, af­ter vis­it­ing Grove Park 5 and cel­e­brat­ing a sev­enth suc­ces­sive vic­tory.

Stu­art Arnold, Olli Ste­wart, Mark Collins and Mal­colm Ken­drick all won, as the ‘Bolly Sec­onds’ pre­vailed 4-1.

And the Prest­bury ‘Thirds’ con­tin­ued to progress their great es­cape from the trap­door into the Fifth Divi­sion by win­ning 5-0 at rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Knutsford Sports 3.

Vic­to­ries for Nick Barker, Paul Bartle, Graeme English, act­ing cap­tain Paul Maher and David Fitz­patrick took their team 25 points clear of the bot­tom three.

Fifth Divi­sion South lead­ers Prest­bury 4 played host to fourth­placed Buxton 2, and kept their noses in front at the top with a 5-0 vic­tory thanks to tri­umphs for the ap­pro­pri­ately-named Kevin Wynne, as well as for Gareth Evans, Dave Jones and ju­nior play­ers Jonny Mur­ray (15) and Matt English (18).

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