Northwest Counties Squash Report
Longridge v Fleetwood
At number five this week was Bill Bolton and as always with Bill, you get 100 per cent effort.
Up against a veteran and tricky opponent, Bill set off well and took the first game 15-8. But his opponent had other ideas in the second game and started putting in some testing lob-serves, that forced Bill into making some loose returns and this gave the Fleetwood player the chance to dictate the rallies and play some accurate winners to the front of the court, taking the next two games 15-10, 15-8, to go into a two one lead. With some great vocal support from the home team, Bill dug-in to take the fourth game by a massive 15-5 and this set up a tense fifth game. Bill continued to play some heart on the sleeve kind of squash and with his opponent doing the same, it went right to the wire, with Bill having four match points to win, it was his opponent who hung on in to take it 16 - 14 and win this encounter three games too two. A great effort from Bill though !
At number four was Robert Ingham and he took the first game by a massive 15-1, however his opponent upped his game and took the second 15-13. Into the third and with his opponent somewhat reluctant to push to the front of the court, Rob took full advantage whenever he could and played some accurate boasts to gain valuable points. With his opponent also playing some good squash to the front of the court, a tactical battle ensued, but it was Rob that eventually took the next two games 15-11, 15-13, to win this encounter three games too one and level up the match scores.
Number three Bill Holmes took on a steady kind of player, who opted to play the basics of the game and to great effect too. Bill adopted the same tactics, but it was the Fleetwood man that always appeared to have the upper-hand in most of the rallies and whilst Bill always gave every effort to stay in the ensuing rallies, it was the Fleetwood player that took the match 15-7, 15-9, 15-10 and 3-0 victory, to put Fleetwood two games to one up on the night.
At number two, was Alec Hesmondhalgh, taking on a consistent kind of player and with Alec somewhat below par on the night, it was always going to be an uphill battle. With his opponent playing the basics of the game with accuracy, to gain the upper-hand in most of the rallies, Alec tried to vary his play, by mixing up his service game, but up against an experienced campaigner, this was somewhat futile and it was the Fleetwood man who triumphed 15-8, 15-11, 15-11, to win three games to nil against a frustrated and somewhat below par Dark-Destroyer !
Number one Steve Taylor, took on an athletic opponent in this encounter and after loosing the first game 15-12, took the second 15-13, to level the scores. With his opponent taking the third game 15-13, Steve recovered well to take the fourth 15-7, to level the match score and take it into a fifth game. However, it was during this that there was an accidental clash of heads, with both players leaving the court and the referee debating whether to call this game a draw, but both players opted to continue, with Steve eventually taking it 15-12 and with it a hard earned three games too two victory, but as always with Steve, you get 100 per cent effort.
All in all, a dogged performance from the Longridge team, who always give 100% effort and all teams in this division know Longridge to be a tough away fixture. This week Longridge are away in Blackpool and hope to get back to winning ways.