Nerves jan­gle for Orm­skirk

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere - BY DAVID GRICE

ST. Cuth­berts III threw the big­gest span­ner into the works of fifth di­vi­sion lead­ers Church­town V in the South­port and District Bad­minton League.

Their 7-1 up­set gave Church­town their first de­feat of the sea­son as the League reaches the half­way point.

Apart from los­ing the sec­ond of the men’s dou­bles en­coun­ters, it was a near per­fect per­for­mance for the fourth place side who re­main six points off a pro­mo­tion spot.

Mak­ing the most of this re­sult was Wood­vale VI. Their white-wash 8-0 vic­tory over bot­tom side South­port VII moves them into sec­ond spot, and now two points off lead­ers Church­town.

That re­sult bumped Tar­leton IV down into third af­ter slip­ping up in a 6-2 loss against mid-table side Mawdes­ley V.

In the bat­tle for rel­e­ga­tion, South­port VI missed their chance of claim­ing some points in their heart-break­ing 5-3 de­feat to a Burscough Pi­o­neers III side who are five points clear off the drop.

How­ever still on the rel­e­ga­tion bub­ble are Formby Methodist who were com­fort­ably seen off by Hes­keth Bank II.

Another di­vi­sion leader that lost their un­beaten run was sixth di­vi­sion lead­ers Wood­vale VII. Af­ter be­ing in­volved in a tight en­counter from start to fin­ish, it was fel­low pro­mo­tion hope­fuls Church­town V who pre­vailed and are now three points off the top two.

While teams were suf­fer­ing their first de­feats, South­port VIII man­aged to se­cure their first win. Their well-de­served 6-2 vic­tory over West End Park IV moved them off last place and all the way up to seventh.

Only one point now sep­a­rates the bot­tom four.

There was an en­thralling mid-table bat­tle be­tween Wood­vale VIII and Hes­keth Bank III. With the match end­ing 4-4, the win­ner was de­cided on sets won and it was Wood­vale that col­lected the ex­tra point to move into the top half of the table.

It was a nerve-wrack­ing week for di­vi­sion three lead­ers Orm­skirk.

Af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a 3-1 deficit af­ter the mixed dou­bles, a win­ning draw was what the weak­ened side could muster in the end over mid-table side Tar­leton II.

That re­sult gave a chance for sec­ond and third places sides Hes­keth Bank and Orm­skirk II to close the gap.

They ac­com­plished that small ob­jec­tive in im­pres­sive fash­ion.

While Orm­skirk II quickly ousted Burscough Pi­o­neers II, Hes­keth Bank II were cer­tainly made to work hard in their 6-2 win against Wood­vale IV. Those re­sults now mean one win sep­a­rates the top three.

In other di­vi­sion three news, St. Cuth­berts se­cured their first con­sec­u­tive wins of the sea­son af­ter tak­ing down bot­tom side South­port IV, and South­sands II gave them a slice of hope of mov­ing out of the bot­tom two with a 6-2 win over near­est ri­vals Church­town III.

Di­vi­sion two lead­ers Vic­to­ria Hall II sur­vived a po­ten­tial mon­u­men­tal up­set against bot­tom-half strug­glers Formby by win­ning 5-3.

Af­ter cre­at­ing a 3-1 lead af­ter the mixed dou­bles, wins in both of the men’s dou­bles con­tests by Formby caused their op­po­nents to worry. But a cou­ple of well fought vic­to­ries in both women’s dou­bles en­coun­ters gave Vic­to­ria Hall all the points.

End­ing the first half of the sea­son on a high, is sec­ond place side South­sands af­ter pro­duc­ing a near-per­fect 7-1 dis­play against bot­tom-half side West End Park II.

That win keeps them in sec­ond place.

But re­main­ing two points be­hind them are Tar­leton who con­tinue to ex­tend their mem­o­rable start to the sea­son with a com­fort­able 7-1 re­sult over a South­port III side look­ing to avoid rel­e­ga­tion.

As for bot­tom side Mawdes­ley III, they al­most cap­i­talised on fac­ing a Wood­vale III side that were miss­ing many of their reg­u­lar play­ers. Sadly for them, the midtable side came out nar­row 5-3 win­ners.

In the first di­vi­sion, the in­jury cri­sis con­tin­ues for Church­town’s first team as they fell 5-3 to South­port.

Since their 5-3 loss to di­vi­sion lead­ers Mawdes­ley, it has been noth­ing but de­feats for the for­mer league cham­pi­ons which has seen them move down to fourth place, and nine points off top spot.

Mawdes­ley made light work of mid-table West End Park 8-0.

Kirsty Lon­g­ley on the podium af­ter her suc­cess in Stock­port

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