Match Report for 6/1/2005

Dragons 1st 2 V 3 Capenhurst 1st (Home)

Dragons 1st evidently had a splendid festive period judging by the performance turned in last Thursday, although mitigating circumstances have been forwarded!

First on in the battle of the veterans, as opposed to some of the other titles suggested, Chris van Wyk narrowly lost the first game to Bob Mills, however a career threatening calf injury curtailed the inevitable van Wyk comeback, and allowed Bob to run out a comfortable 3-0 winner, at least that's the story handed down, not quite sure of it's source!!

Philip Noble, looking as though he'd spent the entire festive season on a squash court, briefly brought the match level with a comprehensive beating of Tom Malony, who had obviously spent the same period in 'arena's' other than a squash court!!

On an adjacent court 'new-boy' Achey, Breaky, Jakey, Blakey - aka Jake Blakeman, got off to a flyer, taking the first game in super quick time against John Ellson. However the layoff appeared to take it's toll and Jake continued to slide further down the slippery slope to squash oblivion, by capitulating to a 3-1 defeat, ensuring John's first win of the season.

Giles Cook was back after a sizeable outage due to injury and beer, looking to rid himself of the sour taste of defeat which befell him for the first and only time this season, in his last match. Unfortunately for him he was paired the the enigmatic youth of Nick Sutherland, who dispatched Giles with some aplomb, barely moving into second gear, playing some tip-top squash, and winning the match for Capenhurst into the bargain.

All that was left for skipper Brian Meehan was to salvage a bit of pride and put a few extra points on the board for Dragons. This he did with no short amount of style, ably assisted by opponent Mike Tilling, who apart from some lottery-winning luck in game three, was arguably Dragons man of the match, in the 3-1 defeat!!

So a 3-2 defeat leaves Dragons struggling on the coat tails of the leaders...must do better!!

Dragons 2nd 3 V 2 Tattenhall 2nd (Away)

The opening match of 2005 saw Dragons 2 travel to Tattenhall with plenty of Christmas pud on board.

First on was Lord Morris, recently back from his winter retreat in the Lake District, against Mike Coker, in his first season at Tattenhall. Mike won the knock-up in fine style, but the match was a different story. The Lord had lost none of his touch over the break and won in 3 games for the loss of only 9 points, 9-5, 9-2, 9-2.

Godfrey Angove was on next against the evergreen Graham Harper, Godfrey boasting of having played every night this week. Well, the result of this was soon evident as Graham, playing like a God, proceeded to demolish the Dragons man comprehensively 9-1, 9-5, 9-5. Graham had obviously been smarting after losing to young Shan Morris at the start of the season!

Big Bernie Spaven was up next v old hand Tim Salt, gently easing himself back into the match scene. Mark took the first game 9-7, only to lose the next two 9-6 and 10-8. The fourth game saw Tim with match point at 8-7, but Bernie steeled himself to take the game 10-9. This obviously demoralised Tim who duly submitted for only 1 point in the last game.

Pete Nickson stepped up next against Sean Gamble. Pete, feeling confident after his pre-Christmas victory, had it knocked out of him 9-0 in the first. He fought back hard in the second game to lose narrowly 10-9, and then rallied to take the third game 9-6. Was this going to be the greatest comeback since Lazarus? Alas, no, Sean stamping his mark 9-0 for a 3-1 victory.

Andy Butters and Chris Bluff came on for the decider, with Chris taking the first game 9-7. The match proceeded with seemingly endless rallies as Chris retrieved almost everything, but in the end the Butters legendary stamina held out for him to take the next three games 9-4, 9-3, 9-4, but not as easily as it looked.

A good start to the second half for Dragons, winning the match 15-9 to keep up the pressure on the top three.

No 3rd team match



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