Casa take the derby honours - only just
CLOSEST match this week was the 44-42 victory of Casablanca over Formby Sports in their derby at the Gild Hall in Formby, led by
Bill Thomas 17 and Dave Dutton 13 with Sheila Tickle 16 and Keith Gowans 15 leading for the “visitors”.
E Street Band struggled to beat Dismounted but eventually prevailed 35-30 led by Dave Nickeas 16 with Steve Watson 11 and Frank Hansen 10 leading for the Thornton side.
Both of the teams with 100 per cent records won and will meet next week.
Zetland led Devonshire Club by only a single point after seven rounds but won the last 9-1 to finish 48-39 ahead with good scoring from Harry Owen 21 and Dick Davies 12 and John Richards 13 and Bob Rimmer 12 leading the reply.
Shifting Sands must have felt they were on quicksands in going down to a heavy 63-34 defeat at home to Wings. All of Wings’ players made useful contributions from Tom Farley 21, Keith
Mulhearn 18 and Maurice Wright and Bob Parry, both 12, with Jack Gardner 15 and Keith Wilkinson 10 leading the reply.
The top match this week in Division Two was that between the two leaders Exams and Mixed Blues, the latter winning the final round 7-2 to finish 38-33 ahead with their strong players Jim McGrath 16 and Claire Newberry 13 scoring well and Nick Philpott and Steve James both 10 leading for the home side.
Led by Richard Farbon 13 and Adrian Cannell
12, Quads proved a little too strong for St Jeromes in winning 37-29 with Mike Beckingham 10 leading for the Formby side.
Formby Pavilion had led throughout at MPs but MPs rallied and it took a two pointer off the last question for the visitors to seal their
35-34 victory, Ann Evans’ fine 16 proving in vain. A good team performance led by Geoff Wilde 17 gave Southport FC a 37-27 victory over ExPats with Leo Tobin 11 leading for the visitors.
VICTORIA Hall threw their name into the first division title ring after their surprisingly commanding 7-1 win against Churchtown in week five of the ‘Master Lock & Safe’ Southport and District Badminton League.
That result not only extends Victoria Hall’s unbeaten start to the season, but propels them to the top for the time being with West End Park one point behind them, but with a game in hand.
As for Churchtown, that is now their second loss of the season and moves them down to the bottom half of the table.
One of the teams over-taking them is their own second team after their 6-2 win at Victoria Hall II.
While Churchtown’s second team recorded their second win of the season, Victoria Hall’s second team remain in the relegation zone along with fellow winless side Southsands.
Elsewhere, there was an impressive 8-0 win for Southport against Woodvale II.
That result moves them ahead of their opponents into seventh place.
The second division saw Ormskirk prevail in a battle of the perfect records. They produced the perfect performance and white-washed promotion rivals Tarleton 8-0.
In the chasing pack, Burscough Pioneers now lead the way after their commanding 6-2 victory at Mawdesley II.
Another division that saw the top two sides clash was in division six.
Coming out on top in this match was Churchtown V, who claimed a winning draw against Crosby II.
With Churchtown collecting that valuable extra point, that extends their lead from Crosby to four points.
Meanwhile, there were wins for top half sides Burscough Pioneers IV and Southsands IV. They both recorded 6-2 wins against St. Cuthberts IV and Southport VII respectively.
Division three action saw Tarleton II looking to keep up with leaders Crosby after defeating Ormskirk’s second team 6-2.
While that result puts them on the same points as Crosby, Tarleton have played one game more.
There was a thrilling midtable encounter at Burscough, where Mawdesley III edged out 5-3 winners against Burscough Pioneers II. That crucial win keeps them within touching distance of the two promotion spots.
In the bottom half, Woodvale IV moved out of the relegation zone with their first win of the season.
It ended up being a handsome 6-2 win at an injury strickened St. Cuthberts side.
It all went to form in the fourth division as all the promotion contenders each collected another valuable three points.
Leaders Mawdesley IV comfortably saw off bottom half side Woodvale VI 7-1.
Woodvale V continue their strong start by winning 6-2 against a St. Cuthberts II side who remain winless.
Another side in a similar situation is West End Park III. Their 7-1 loss to mid-table side Formby II keeps them at rock bottom with no points to speak of.
As for fourth place side Churchtown IV, they managed to hold off a valiant display by Southsands III and come out 5-3 winners.
In the fifth division, wins for all the top three sides keeps them in firm contention for promotion.
Leading the way continues to be St. Cuthberts III, who managed to see off a tricky side in the form of Burscough Pioneers III.
St. Cuthberts’ 6-2 win gives them their fourth win of their campaign.
Maintaing their two point from, the leaders are Tarleton IV who saw off strugglers Ormskirk IV 6-2.
A further point behind is Southport V, who were involved in a thrilling inter-club encounter.
They managed to overcome a potential upset as they came through 5-3 against their sixth team.
It was a quick evening for Hesketh Bank II as they toppled Formby Methodist 8-0 to keep their hopes of a top-half finish alive.
In the league’s bottom division, Woodvale IX are now within arm’s reach of leaders Southsands V after defeating Southsands’ sixth team in a tight contest 5-3.
That result means two points separate the top four.
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