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Another great away win for Longridge squash team

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Longridge squash team visited the home of squash in the local area - Grasshoppers - a thriving buzz of activity on the squash circuit and always a great atmosphere for visiting teams. With the Grasshoppers team placed one position below Longridge in the league, Longrige were determined to keep their winning run of the new year going.

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Preston Grasshoppers 5 v Longridge 20

Longridge squash team visited the home of squash in the local area - Grasshoppers - a thriving buzz of activity on the squash circuit and always a great atmosphere for visiting teams. With the Grasshoppers team placed one position below Longridge in the league, Longrige were determined to keep their winning run of the new year going.

Number five Bill Holmes set off well, taking the first two games 15-10, 15-11 against a fellow player with a wealth of experience. This showed with Bill’s opponent mixing up his shots and playing Bill at his own style of game, with both players boasting the ball at every opportunity, to keep the other player on the back-foot. The Grasshoppers man took the next two games 15-13, 16-14 to level up this game at two games each. Into the fith game and with Bill attacking the ball at every opportunity, to keep the Hoppers player on the back-foot and with his opponent showing signs of fatigue, Bill finished him off 15-5 and a great 3-2 win.

At number four Alec Hesmondhalgh took on a player with an attacking style of game, trying to win the points straight from the Longridge player’s serve. Alec countered this tactic by tightenning up his service game and then dictated the rallies with some accurate lengths and deceiving boasts, to constantly wrong-foot his opponent. This tactic paid off well for the Dark-Destroyer and he won this encounter 15-7, 15-11, 15-9 and a great 3-0 victory to put the Longridge team 2-0 up on the night.

At number three Steve Robinson took on a player with experience, but with Steve setting off this game with a fast tempo, catching his opponent out and allowing Steve to take the first two games 15-8, 15-7. With the Hoppers player entering into proceedings, Steve mixed up his shot selection with some boasts that constantly caught his opponent unaware and this allowed Steve to take the third game 15-11 and a great 3-0 victory, giving Longridge the valuable bonus points.

Number two Steve (Griz) Taylor took on a very wylie opponent, so 100% concentration was required if he was to compete with this type of squash. The Hoppers man took the first game 15-13, Steve then adopted a different approach to the game by taking the pace out of his game and settling for accurate drives and precise drop-shots. These tactics paid off with Steve taking the next three games 15-11, 19-17, 15-5 and a great 3-1 victory against a very tricky opponent.

Number one Pete (the Boy-Ash) Ashworth was up against a player with a very similiar style of play and this made for some great squash, both players hitting some great lengths and reading each others game well. Pete took the first game 15-9, but lost the second 15-11. However he gained the lead once again by taking the third game 15-12, the Hoppers man taking the fourth 15-1. So into the fith game and it was a battle of wills now, with both players sticking to their game, but it was to be the Hoppers player who tired quicker and with that came mistakes, allowing Pete to win the fith game 15-8 and with it a great 3-2 win.

A great away win for Longridge by 20-5, against a useful Grasshoppers team. Longridge’s next game isn’t until February 26, a home game against Blackpool CC, who are third in the league, one place above Longridge. This fixture always proves to be a tough one, against a strong Blackpool outfit.