East Divi­sion ti­tle win slips from grasp

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - SQUASH GARETH EVANS

AS June headed to­wards its close last Thurs­day, the only re­main­ing set of North West Coun­ties Sum­mer League fix­tures for the month co­in­cided with the con­clud­ing night of ac­tion in the East Divi­sion.

And, lo­cally, all eyes were on that divi­sion’s long-time lead­ers Prest­bury 1, who went into their fi­nal match, at home to The North­ern, within touch­ing dis­tance of the ti­tle.

Vic­tory over the mid-table op­po­nents from West Dids­bury would guar­an­tee a top-place fin­ish, ir­re­spec­tive of re­sults else­where – as would a de­feat with a haul of at least nine points.

But The North­ern had clearly not read the script, and, as a strong vis­it­ing side put the hosts to the sword, Prest­bury’s chances of East Divi­sion glory ap­peared to be go­ing West.

Brian Lo­mas and Mike Brauck­mann, at first and sec­ond strings, fought valiantly to pick up a game apiece for the home team - al­though that was as good as it got, ahead of an em­phatic 5-0 North­ern win that left the lead­ers with a first de­feat in six matches, and just two points to show for their evening’s labours.

For­tu­nately, in the end it mat­tered not - with clos­est chal­lengers New Mills slip­ping up at home to Grove Park 1. And, af­ter a ner­vous wait, news came through that the ti­tle was Prest­bury’s by six points.

The South Divi­sion, by con­trast, ex­tends into mid-July - al­though its four teams from clubs in and around our town look, rather, to be des­tined for mid-to-lower-table fin­ishes in a com­pe­ti­tion with two weeks now left to run.

Fifth-placed Prest­bury 2 were with­out a fix­ture – leav­ing Mac­cles­field Squash, one po­si­tion be­low, hope­ful of tak­ing ad­van­tage at home to win-less base­ment side, Bux­ton.

But as things turned out, the hosts found them­selves drop­ping to sev­enth as their strug­gling vis­i­tors edged the con­test by the odd match in five. Martin Hall and Daz Glazer were the two suc­cess­ful play­ers for Macc.

Mac­cles­field’s erst­while plac­ing was usurped by Bolling­ton 2, who moved up into sixth af­ter claim­ing the brag­ging rights with a 4-1 vic­tory in the ‘Bolly derby’ - a re­sult that also saw Bolling­ton 1 slip to bot­tom.

Chris­tian Og­den was the sole vic­tor for ‘Bolly 1’, with a straight-games vic­tory at first string. But his fa­ther, Chris Se­nior, and his brother, Martin, put fam­ily loy­alty tem­po­rar­ily to one side, as they, to­gether with Mark Collins and An­drew Berry, saw their side - and the ‘away’ team for the night – safely home... which was, of course, pre­cisely where they were!

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