It was a mis­take so don’t dwell on it, Schu tells Sykes

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere - BY DAVID GRICE BY ALAN JONES

THE up­com­ing clash be­tween first di­vi­sion ri­vals Mawdes­ley and Church­town con­tin­ues to gain more hype, as both sides ex­tended their per­fect win­ning record after com­fort­able wins over South­port and Wood­vale II in week four of the ‘Master Lock & Safe’ South­port and Dis­trict Bad­minton League.

After a thrilling bat­tle for the League Cham­pi­onship last sea­son, it looks as if we are going to get the re-match the South­port Bad­minton com­mu­nity have been want­ing.

Look­ing to pos­si­bly make a dent in that clash are for­mer champions Wood­vale.

Their strong 7-1 win against West End Park has them one win be­hind the top two.

Next week’s clash against Mawdes­ley will give them the per­fect in­di­ca­tor to see if they could con­tend for this year’s ti­tle.

Orm­skirk con­tinue to look un­beat­able after their 6-2 win over their own sec­ond team main­tains their one point lead at the top of di­vi­sion three.

Keep­ing up with the lead­ers are Hes­keth Bank, who were made to work hard in their 5-3 win against Tar­leton II.

Also com­ing out vic­tors were Burscough Pi­o­neers II and St. Cuth­berts.

Their wins over South­sands II and Church­town III means there’s a firm split be­tween the top and bot­tom halves of the di­vi­sion.

A loss in one of the men’s dou­bles matches was the only blip on an im­pres­sive 7-1 win against bot­tom side West End Park III for Orm­skirk III, who now lead the fourth di­vi­sion.

After a tight start in the mixed dou­bles, Wood­vale V did not drop a set after that in their well-de­served 6-2 vic­tory over Tar­leton III.

That re­sult puts them in the best form pos­si­ble going into next week’s clash with lead­ers Orm­skirk III.

Mean­while, South­sands III se­cured quite a scalp in de­feat­ing St. Cuth­berts’ sec­ond team 6-2 to se­cure their first win of their cam­paign.

South­sands con­tinue their strong start to the sea­son in di­vi­sion two de­spite los­ing their per­fect record.

A thrilling win­ning draw over fel­low pro­mo­tion con­tenders Mawdes­ley II keeps them at the top.

Cut­ting their lead down by one point, were Vic­to­ria Hall II, who were dom­i­nant in their 8-0 white­wash vic­tory against South­port III.

Tar­leton look stronger and stronger ev­ery week. Their im­pres­sive 7-1 beat­ing over win­less Mawdes­ley III keeps them within the chas­ing pack.

As for Wood­vale III, they pulled off a vi­tal 5-3 win against West End Park II to move into the top half.

A near per­fect 7-1 win over strug­glers South­port VI, keeps Church­town IV as lead­ers of di­vi­sion five with four wins out of four. After work­ing hard to reach a 4-0 lead after the mixed dou­bles con­tests, Church­town cap­tain Nick Evans and his side fin­ished off their op­po­nents with strong wins in the women’s dou­bles and vic­to­ries in one of the two men’s dou­bles.

Also keep­ing their 100% win­ning records were Tar­leton IV and Wood­vale VI. A dom­i­nant start in the mixed dou­bles was enough of a cush­ion in Tar­leton’s 6-2 win against bot­tom side Burscough Pi­o­neers III.

Whereas, Wood­vale VI cap­tain Andy Hurst and his side re­cov­ered spec­tac­u­larly from a 3-1 deficit to out-do St. Cuth­berts III to win 5-3.

Mean­while, Mawdes­ley V and Hes­keth Bank II held their own with solid per­for­mances to de­feat Formby Methodist and South­port VII to move into the top half.

In the league’s sev­enth di­vi­sion, de­spite it be­ing week four, it was the first match of the sea­son for Formby’s third team.

They bat­tled hard to come through nar­row 5-3 win­ners at St. Cuth­berts V, which in­cluded wins in both of the men’s dou­bles con­tests.

In other di­vi­sion seven news, Burscough Pi­o­neers IV quickly saw off South­sands VI 8-0 to record their first win of the sea­son.

Di­vi­sion six saw the top three sides fur­ther ex­tend their gap from the chas­ing pack.

It was all too easy for Orm­skirk IV, Wood­vale VII and Church­town V in their wins against West End Park IV, South­port VIII and Wood­vale VIII re­spec­tively.

Those re­sults now see them at least more than one win ahead the rest of the di­vi­sion.

Next week sees Orm­skirk and Wood­vale VII face-off in a match that will see at least one side lose their per­fect win­ning record.

For more info, check out the lat­est news, re­sults and league ta­bles on the league’s of­fi­cial web­site, www.south­port­bad­minton.com. Also, make sure you like the league’s of­fi­cial Face­book page. STEVEN Schu­macher has told Ross Sykes not to dwell on the er­ror which cost South­port a point against Spen­ny­moor Town on Saturday.

Two days after he signed on loan from Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley, Sykes reg­is­tered a hugely im­pres­sive de­but but it was from his er­ror that the Sand­grounders con­ceded the de­cid­ing goal in stop­page time as they slumped to a sixth straight de­feat.

Sykes has joined un­til Jan­uary and Schu­macher, tak­ing con­trol of his first game in in­terim charge after the de­par­ture of man­ager Alan Lewer, says the de­fender will be a ma­jor as­set in the com­ing weeks.

“I felt sorry for Ross be­cause he was bril­liant but his in­di­vid­ual er­ror has cost us,” Schu­macher said.

“I’ve told him not to worry and it’s im­por­tant that he doesn’t dwell on it be­cause his per­for­mance over­all was out­stand­ing.

“When I spoke to some of the coaches at Ac­cring­ton ear­lier in the week, they said Ross was com­posed on the ball and read the game well but I didn’t ex­pect him to be as good as he was.

“Un­for­tu­nately for Ross, he tried to bring the ball down to prob­a­bly start an­other counter-at­tack but he’s slipped. He’s a young lad and I’m sure he’ll learn from it.”

South­port’s search for a new man­ager con­tin­ues and they are ex­pected to make an ap­point­ment be­fore their next game at home to Gains­bor­ough Trin­ity on Oc­to­ber 21.

The de­feat sees the Sand­grounders fall to 16th place in the Va­narama National League North, but Schu­macher thinks the play­ers have shown enough to sug­gest that re­sults will im­prove.

“The most im­por­tant thing was for us to get a per­for­mance and we did,” he added.

“When we got back into the game, I thought there was only going to be one win­ner but you can’t make mis­takes like we’ve done in re­cent weeks.

“We worked hard on try­ing to give the play­ers a struc­ture and a ba­sic or­gan­i­sa­tion, and to a man they car­ried that out.”

Rachel Soft­ley in ac­tion

Steven Schu­macher

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