Match Report for 24/3/2004

Dragons 1st 4 v 1 New Brighton 3rd (away)

Steve Whittam took to the court first and showed us that 'he is back'!! Looking like Arnie, obviously a bloke round the corner who's eats 23 pies and drinks 10 pints a night, as opposed to the muscular Governor of California, he played a first class game of squash with just a hint of a blip to take a comfortable outing by 3-1.

Colin Elson then came on to quite a different game having to dredge up all his years of experience to hold off the challenge of Dave Allen (no not him!), in a very competitive, and at times ill-tempered match, however Colin battled right to end to pull off a well deserved 3-2 victory.

Meanwhile away from the show court Giles Cook was in no mood to hang around with the prospect of a leaving do to attend, i.e. many beers, and comprehensively dispatched young Nick Munn 3-0, for the loss of not very many points at all!

Skipper Brian Meehan returned to true form (ho ho), after the previous week's nightmare, but had to be on his mettle to keep Mark Hayes at bay. This was a far tougher match than the 3-0 scoreline suggests, which also gave Dragons a 4-0 lead.

Finally, 57 year old Peter Lee took on 16 year old Jason Reed in a classic case of experience versus youth. In an epic match in which both players not only played some brilliant squash, but also dragged every last ounce of effort from their aching bodies, Jason narrowly edged the match 3-2, even after having been 'flat out' at the end of the fourth game with Peter having sent him to every corner of the court on numerous occasions. It was only a shame that one of them had to lose

Dragons 2nd 2 v 3 County Officers 3rd (home)

Good wins for David Jack 3-2 and Geoff Angove 3-0, but 3-0 defeats for Val Thompson and Andy Senior set up 'Big Bernie' Spaven to face the might of the 'recalled from retirement', Nigel Mellor, and in an epic 3-2 Big Bernie paut up a gallant fight, just not quite gallant enough, and Officers took the match 3-2.

Dragons 3rd 5 v 0 Deeside 2nd (home)

The pressure was on following Deesides routing of the Dragons 3rds in the first half. Ed Heaver demoted to 5th place came up with the goods for a 3-0 win setting the pattern for the night.

3-0 wins were suitably bagged by Ian Kerrod, Mark Bryant and John Partridge keeping up the form. Only young Steve McMahon dopped a game as he struggled to come to grips with his opponents awkward style in the first. From then on it was plain sailing and the games were secured in rapid succession.

This storming 20-1 victory guarantees promotion for the team and actually keeps the team slightly ahead of Capenhurst at the top of the table. The next two weeks will sort out the men from the boys.



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