Match Report for 31/3/2004

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

The last home match of the season saw Dragons take on Neston in a battle for second place.

Colin Elson got the match off to an early start, and in a battle royale with old adversary Jon Hayes, Colin dredged up all his 712 years of squash 'expertise' to take a 3-2 victory and set Dragons off to a flying start.

Giles Cook was next on, and with the unbeaten Graham Lea-Swain on holiday, must have fancied his chances against normal number 2, Nick Mason. However it just goes to show how faith can be misplaced, as in the 'battle of the bashers' whilst hitting the ball well, Giles looked as fit as Rik Waller, and sadly went down to a 3-2 defeat.

Speaking of fitness Steve Whittam then appeared on court against the 'ageing gracefully but still with great shots' Brian Lingard. 'Stout' Steve just couldn't cope with the quality squash of his opponent in the first, but after some words of wisdom from the management stormed back to take a 2-1 lead, but then appeared to think the job had been done, only to find that Brian was fitter than he thought, and he was fatter than he thought, all of which led to a 3-2 win for Mr Lingard.

So it was left to Chris van Wyk to save the match for Dragons, but he was tripe and got battered 3-0 by Gary Davies!!

Skipper Brian Meehan then brought down the 'home curtain' in a match of 'dubious' quality against Andy Potter, where he nearly blew it from easily being 2-0 up, to scrape in 3-2, to also make the match score 3-2 to Neston.

And so to the final match away at the all powerful Chester Rugby to attempt to gain enough points to finish 3rd, something of a victory in itself.

Dragons 2nd 4 V 1 Neston 2nd (Away)

With several of the big guns (**) not available, Lord Morris with a cold not wishing to jeopardise his attendance at Charles and 'What's her names" wedding next week, Andy Butters off launching his new designer sports wear range, Val Thompson still suffering from last weeks "Frost Bite," it was a somewhat changed side which travelled down the Parkgate Road, for the important race for 5th place up for grabs.

A solid start was required, and they don't get more solid than Andy Senior. Showing glimpses of his former playing career, he got Dragons off to the perfect start with a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Surely the young and fit Lucy Benbow would have know trouble in making it 2-0, as her opponent Julian was wheeled on court and the finishing bandages applied. It was however Lucy who became mummified as she had no answer to King Tut's pace and touch around the court, and capitulated to a 0-3 reverse, agreeing to become the teams Social Secretary maybe her only saving grace.

Commeth the hour Commeth the.......... No, it was Godfrey Angoves turn on court. Just when we thought there were no-more shots in the text book, Jeff wrote another chapter, with his opponent making the fatal mistake of trying to play squash. A 3-1 win put Dragons in to a 2-1 lead.

With the chance to seal victory, the Triathlete that is David Jack took to court. With explosive running, amazing lunges, spins, bouncing off walls the crowd were left wondering what he would do after the warm-up!!! With chances to win the game quickly kill by way of drop-shot, knick or good length winner, clearly David was in his tease mode or just wanted to get his moneys worth, as he did his utmost to keep the ball alive. Unfortunately his opponent wasn't in the mood a handed David a 3-1 win to secure the match.

With the win secured, Captain BB took to the court, with his League #1 Player Ranking again under threat. But with the smell of the post match Chinese wafting over the court, no more incentive to get into the bar was required, and another very impressive 3-0 victory was secured, handing Dragons a 4-1 win and 17 points.

Next week sees the final match of the campaign and Captain BB expects a full squad to choose from, as players look to boost their seasons stats with bottom of the table Cheshire Oaks the visitors to Dragons.

(**) Pete Nickson was also unavailable

Dragons 3rd 3 V 2 Winsford 3rd (Home)

Dragons 3 remain on track to win SW Division 5 after beating lowly Winsford 15 points to 6. Dragons now need only 16 points from their last match to finish top of the pile.

On the night McMahon, Bryant and Heaver were all 3-0 winners, with defeats for Elliot and Napier, 1-3 and 0-3 respectively.

The highlight was Steve's performance, stepping up to the number one spot for the first time, smashed his opponent John Bird 27-0. A great, achievement as John is no mean player having won 8 of his previous 14 outings, but tonight Birdy was well and truly plucked. Well done Steve.



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