Casa take the derby hon­ours - only just

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY TOM FAR­LEY BY DAVID GRICE

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.

For more info as well as the lat­est news, re­sults and league ta­bles, be sure to check out the league’s of­fi­cial web­site www. south­port­bad­minton.com. Also, make sure you like the league’s of­fi­cial Face­book page.

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