After two successive defeats, the 1st team needed a win when they took on Tame Valley at home. Up first was Ameel Talib facing Ray Burke. Ameel go off to a fine start winning the first game 11:3. Playing some of his best squash this season he took the second game too. In the third, things got a little tighter and Ray brought the game to a tie break. Fortunately, Ameel held his nerve to win 12:10 (below).
On the show court, Rob Downer played Lewis Doughty. This was the all action affair we have come to expect when Rob plays. But Lewis took the close first game. Rob levelled the match winning the second and, then, steadied the crowd’s nerves by winning the third. It was entertaining and competitive. In the fourth game, Rob edged ahead and stayed there to win the match (top & below).
Meanwhile Adam Taylor took on Ben Beachill. Adam’s disguise proved far too good for Ben and the match was over before Rob and Lewis really got going on the show court. With the match won, the pressure was off Andy Whipp who played Ben Sockett. Andy always seemed to have the edge. Andy won in 3 games, but it was closer than the score line suggests (below).
Finally, Emily Whitlock faced Chris Morrison – a case of little v large. Chris hits the ball really well but Emily’s accuracy and mobility around the court was too much for him, and Emily won in three straightforward games (below).
So after a couple of disappointing results, the team did what was necessary winning the match 20 points to 1. It was just as well, because Liverpool beat Crewe 19 points to 7. That extra point gives Warrington a 14-point lead at the top of the table with two games to play. This is going down to the wire. The team are at home again next week against Wigan in another match where every point will count.