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