Match Report for 17/11/2005

Dragons 1st 5 V 0 Phoenix 2nd (Away)

Dragons consolidated the top of the league spot they have made their own with a comprehensive victory over the struggling Phoenix 2.

Giles Cook was first on to the chilly Wrexham court and things looked even cooler when he quickly found himself 2-0 down, however being of firm farming stock, Giles picked himself off the floor, adapted to the conditions, and, although narrowly avoiding defeat taking a close fourth game 10-9, he was like a runaway train in the fifth, splatting opponent Pete Davies 9-0, to take a 3-2 verdict.

Meanwhile on an adjacent court, Colin Elson was busy showing the hard hitting Wrexham stalwart John Williams, how to use the cool court to best advantage, and although slipping up in the second, Colin thundered back with some quality squash that poor old John had no answer to whatsoever.

Next on was an intriguing encounter between the youth of Rob Evans, and the Methuselah-like experience of Peter Lee, and so often is the case, youth is no substitute for being an old stager, and Mr Lee had polished off young Rob in three quick games, to put Dragons into an unassailable 3-0 lead.

It was then left to Brian Meehan and Phillip Noble to round things off both playing some hard-nosed squash, and recording exactly the same scores in their respective 3-0 wins, although it has to be said Meehan was rather more stylish in victory than his considerably older teammate, as well as more sartorially elegant, and generally all round more dashing !!

So the stage is set for next week's table topping encounter against second placed Barnton 1st at Wrexham Road. Get your ticket early!!

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

The mighty unbeaten Tattenhall 2 travelled to, previously unbeaten before last week's capitulation at Heswall, Dragons 2. It transpired that Dragons 2 managed to keep up the consistency and advance the losing streak to two matches!

Great win for Andy Butters against Steve Wells 3-2, having been within an ace of losing the match 3-1, he nicked the fourth 9-8 and went on to take the match.

Almost the reverse for David Jack, who went down 3-2 to Dragons old boy Wayne Osbourne.

Potential match of the night was the clash of the unbeaten number 1’s, ‘Big Bernie’ Spaven against ‘Reasonably tall but not as big as Bernie’ Tim Salt. And with Tim getting off to a flyer at 5-1 it looked as though the Tattenhall man was heading for the plaudits, however Big Bernie had other idea’s and stepped up a number of gears allowing Tim only 6 more points in the entire match, to record a very impressive 3-0 win.

The only down side was that ‘little Godfrey’ Angove, and ‘Doc’ Thompson could not come up with the third victory and the match went to Tattenhall by a 3-2 margin.

Still next week’s big derby match against Dragons 3 should revive the spirits, and perhaps some should sink a few first!!

Dragons 3rd 1 v 4 Neston 2nd (Away)

Four - one, eighteen points to six sounds like a big defeat, but Dragons 3 can take some positives from this away game, if they can just turn games won into matches won.

Jake Blakeman as usual showed that it is hard to find a part of the court he can't reach taking his match 3-1. If Steve Mcmahon competes for each point he can be just as hard to beat but sadly this week he went down 1-3. A bit more court time between matches and Mark Bryant will win more than he loses, but not this week also suffering a 1-3 defeat. Ed Heaver needs to either add variety to his game or get a lot tighter before being able to win consistently at this level, losing 1-3 on the night. Andy Baird, if only you occasionally hit the ball past the tee, these 0-3 defeats might be changed into victories.

Oh well there's always next week, which should be a straight-forward walkover against Dragons 2 !!!!



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