Match Report for 1/12/2005

Dragons 1st 4 V 1 New Brighton 3rd (Away)

Dragons took to the M53 heading for New Brighton to attempt to consolidate their top of the league position this week.

Ever ready Colin Elson was as usual first on, and whilst never hitting top gear, he used his many years of squash guile to bamboozle his young opponent Chris Munn, to take a steady 3-1 win.

Next on strolled super second string stalwart Spaven, and ,after a slow start, ‘Big Bernie’ motored into top gear to wallop young Daniel Reed for the loss of only seven points.

Meanwhile on an adjacent court, ‘new boy’ Will Grattan had the unenviable task of trying to take the match for Dragons on his debut (and to be fair was really only helping out as there were a number of drop outs and he heard there may be a couple of free beers on offer!!) Will put up a great show taking a close first game, but it seemed the rigours of squash at this level took their toll, and a weary Will trudged off court a 3-1 loser, but had put up a gallant fight.

So it was down to the enigmatic Phillip Noble to try to ‘cross the finish line’, and cross it he did, with adrenaline flowing relatively freely, he smoothed his way to a comfortable 3-0 win, and put Dragons into an unassailable lead.

Finally, skipper Brian Meehan took on the experienced, and many would say the toughest New Brighton opponent, in the shape of Carl Cecchini, and in an engaging encounter for the squash purist, the skip kept a steady head, and hand for that matter, to take the match 10-8, 10-8, 10-8, to record a fine 4-1 win for the Wrexham Road outfit.

Dragons 2nd

Nothing from the Second team

Dragons 3rd 1 V 4 Heswall 3rd (Away)

Dragons 3rds were away to highly placed Heswall 3 last week as they continue their supercharged race through the 4th division rankings – unfortunately in the wrong direction.

First on to test them out was Steve McMahon at 2 against Brian Parker. The first game was a closely fought affair with Steve forcing the score to 8 all with some deft stroke play and plenty of running. Unfortunately Heswall managed to take the next 2 points to sneak the game. This proved enough to give Heswall the momentum to take the next 2 games with little loss and take an early lead.

Next off the blocks was Heswall’s Gary Cuckson against Andy Baird. Andy showed a hint of his true form this week with some quality stroke play, but unfortunately this was on the snooker table and not the squash court. He was trounced 3-0.

Jake also managed to hit form this week on the squash court. Heswall’s No 1, Joe Percy was forced to dig deep to secure a 3-1 win against marathon man.

Mark Bryant got off to a good start against Seb Gardiner taking the first before Seb woke up. The next was more challenging but Mark clung on with his usual fast paced style. Seb clawed the 3rd game back before Mark took the next and top honours for the night. Looks like no 4 suits you Mark.

Last on was Ian Kerrod but the game was short lived as he was blasted off court by Matt Williams. The only entertainment came from marker Andy Baird taking scoring corrections from the players. Maybe Eds right after all!!!



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