It’s win­ner stays up...

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life - BY DAVID GRICE

ST Cuth­berts’ fight to stay in the sec­ond di­vi­sion will be pushed into the fi­nal week of the Mas­ter Lock & Safe South­port and District Bad­minton League.

Af­ter a sur­prise win­ning draw over South­sands, they are now level on points with rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals West End Park II, who them­selves lost 8-0 to high-fly­ing Wood­vale II.

Their last matches will see them against each other, where the loser goes down to di­vi­sion three next sea­son.

In other sec­ond di­vi­sion news, Wood­vale III man­aged to es­cape from this bat­tle of sur­vival with an im­pres­sive two wins in as many days.

Those wins con­firmed safety for an­other sea­son.

Mean­while, lead­ers Church­town II se­cured the sec­ond di­vi­sion ti­tle with a com­mand­ing 8-0 win over Mawdes­ley II.

That re­sult means Wood­vale II will have to set­tle for sec­ond.

In the first di­vi­sion, a cru­cial 5-3 win over Vic­to­ria Hall means that one more win will see Mawdes­ley se­cure the first di­vi­sion ti­tle.

Should they not gain all three points against Wood­vale in their fi­nal match, sec­ond placed side Church­town will be mak­ing sure to snatch the ti­tle from their grasp.

The cur­rent cham­pi­ons claimed an im­pres­sive 8-0 win over Burscough Pioneers to re­main two points from top spot.

At the bot­tom, Vic­to­ria Hall II still has a fighter’s chance of es­cap­ing the drop.

But with their last cou­ple of matches against much higher-ranked sides, they will be liv­ing in hope.

Should they suc­ceed in find­ing three points from those two re­main­ing matches, Burscough Pioneers could see them move to the sec­ond di­vi­sion.

Di­vi­sion three has had one of the most en­ter­tain­ing bat­tles for pro­mo­tion, and with nei­ther spot con­firmed, it is still all to play for in the fi­nal week.

A 7-1 win over fourth placed Ormskirk keeps Mawdes­ley III on top, with Formby just be­hind af­ter their nar­row 5-3 vic­tory against Burscough Pioneers II.

That means only set dif­fer­ence sep­a­rates them.

De­spite col­lect­ing their 14th win of the sea­son against Ormskirk II, it might not be enough for third place Hes­keth Bank who are still one point be­hind the top two.

With all three sides play­ing teams they are ex­pect­ing to com­fort­ably beat, there is likely to be no fur­ther twist to this sea­son-long tale.

Wood­vale’s eighth team suf­fered a slip in their pro­mo­tion bat­tle af­ter suf­fer­ing a tough 5-3 loss to South­sands IV.

That re­sult, along with the well fought 5-3 win for South­port VIII over Wood­vale VII, puts the South­port side into the driv­ing seat with one match left.

As for lead­ers Tar­leton IV, it is one win away from a per­fect league sea­son af­ter their com­fort­able 6-2 win over West End Park IV.

At the op­po­site end of the ta­ble, Hes­keth Bank III con­firmed rel­e­ga­tion af­ter a 7-1 de­feat at the hands of mid-ta­ble side South­sands V.

How­ever, this may only be tem­po­rary due to a higher di­vi­sion end­ing the sea­son with nine sides. That turn of events may give them a re­prieve.

Fifth di­vi­sion lead­ers Formby II missed out on claim­ing the fifth di­vi­sion ti­tle.

A win­ning draw against fourth place side St Cuth­berts III means a los­ing draw will be enough in their last match of the sea­son against midtable side Church­town IV.

Should any up­set oc­cur, it will be up to the al­ready pro­moted Ormskirk III to snatch the ti­tle from their hands.

Their 8-0 win over Mawdes­ley V has given them the per­fect mo­men­tum against bot­tom side South­port VII.

In the bat­tle to avoid rel­e­ga­tion, it is up to Formby Methodist.

A win­ning draw is all they need against third placed side St Cuth­berts III.

But with them play­ing a much higher-ranked side, rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Mawdes­ley V may con­sider them­selves lucky by the end of the next week.

In the league’s bot­tom di­vi­sion, Church­town V fur­ther ce­mented their pro­mo­tion with a hand­some 8-0 vic­tory against bot­tom side South­sands VII.

Lower down, South­port IX se­cured an up­set, 7-1 win against South­sands VI, to keep their slim chances of fin­ish­ing third alive.

Also, Formby Methodist II over­took St Cuth­berts’ fifth team with a 6-2 win in an all bot­tom-half en­counter.

In di­vi­sion four, it is all about plac­ings or pride as all four pro­mo­tion and rel­e­ga­tion spots were con­firmed a cou­ple of weeks ago.

Burscough Pioneers III claimed a bit of hon­our with a 7-1 win against South­port VI in a bat­tle of the bot­tom two.

Else­where, St Cuth­berts II snatched a win­ning draw over fel­low top half side Wood­vale V.

Next week sees the league sea­son come to an end.

Keep an eye on the lat­est news, re­sults and league ta­bles on the league’s of­fi­cial web­site, www.south­port­bad­minton.com.

Also, like the league’s of­fi­cial Face­book page.

Pre­ston Dig­gle along­side a picture of his hero Seve Balles­teros

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