This week saw the 1st team away to Grove Park. First on was Nat Fairhurst against Yawar Abbas (middle). This was an interesting tactical battle. Yawar is deadly with anything short and so Nat had to keep him deep, which he did really well. Nat won the first game, but Yawar came back to win the second, but at a cost. The accuracy, length and patience of Nat brought on an injury for Yawar and, unfortunately, he had to retire in the third game.
Rob Taylor was on the other court, but came up against a quick and mobile Ky Hibberd. Rob’s lack of 1st team squash showed and he was outclassed, losing in three. Back on the other court, Andy Whipp played Luke Mcfarland (top). Andy was in impressive form against a quality player and took the first two games relatively easily. Luke put up a decent fight in the third, but Andy’s match craft saw him through to win 14:12.
Adam Taylor played Oscar Beach on the second court. Adam was not at his best and was missing too many shots. The match see-sawed between the players. He won the first, lost the second and won the third. He was ahead in the fourth and just had to close it out at match-point, but he let Oscar back in. The match deteriorated into squabbles over calls, mostly from Oscar. With the match rhythm broken, Adam lost the fourth 12:10 and then the fifth – a match to forget for Adam.
The tie was now level at 2 all. Fortunately, Rob Downer had read the script and cruised to victory over Morgan Hibberd (bottom). Morgan had no answer for Rob’s power and pace. The biggest cheer of the night came when Morgan hit a winner off the serve when the score was 10:0 in the third game to earn a point. But it was all over in the next rally giving the tie to Warrington 7:16. With The Northern losing a close fought contest against Alderley Edge 1, our lead at the top of the table is now 12 points over them and still with a game in hand.