CLASSY PERFORMANCE BOOSTS THIRDS BID FOR SURVIVAL NOW DOWN TO
LAST GAME OF THE SEASON
A much improved thirds finally got their act together to chalk
up a well deserved win against a strong Prestbury line up and more
importantly put 19 points on the board.
First on this week, Robo, versus the awkward Pat Hunter who had
a point to prove following last week's heavy defeat to Smithy. Robo
Started well enough taking the first 9-4 but Hunter soon got into
his stride and after some long and hard rallies, Robo seemed to
tire losing out 9-6. The next started evenly with both players
punishing the others mistakes but Rob faltered as Hunter took the
game 9-5, and a 2-1 lead. Robo had it to do and digging deep piling
on the pressure, clawing back the fourth 9-3 to make it a final
game decider. Robo was up for it and quickly took the first few
points leaving Hunter on the back foot before finishing it off 9-3.
Great start, first game to Knutsford and all still to play for.
Gary Cashmore, was next out of form recently and needing to put
in a confidence building performance. He was not to disappoint as
his opponent Rupert Richards was to discover. Cash started like a
rocket driving dropping and getting the nick quickly taking the
first 9-2. The second followed the same pattern and although
Richards fought back, chasing every shot down, Cash took control
and the second game 9-5. Richards fought back to take the third
with Cash making a few unforced errors but the fourth was the
decider. Cash needing to get back on track did so with style and
although Richards didn't make it easy, Cash held his nerve to take
the game 9-5 and second match to Knutsford. Great confidence
building performance, well done Cash, you deserved it.
Mark Strefford at one was up against the difficult Rob
Thorneycroft whose recent form meant that anything could happen.
Streff stated like a rocket driving dropping with pace and power
and throwing in the odd nick just to mix it up. Thorneycroft
struggled to keep up the pace losing the first 9-2. The second was
a much more even affair as Thorneycroft began to settle in
returning from all over the court, frustrating Streff along the
way. At 9-9 it was there for the taking but Streff just lost out,
one a piece. Streff was frustrated in the third and mistakes
appeared as Thorneycroft continued to retrieve at times the
impossible and a series of errors gave Thorneycroft the game.
Streff knew he had a game on and came out guns blazing and although
even at times edged in front to take the fourth 9-6 setting up a
last game decider. The fifth started very evenly with none giving
in but Streff frustrated by awkwardness found himself edging
behind. Alas the efforts of the last game took their toll as Streff
went down 3-2 after giving his all. Great match unlucky Streff, two
one to Knutsford.
With the match in sight, Greg Marshall at four was next on
against Barry Gordon. Greg stated like a rocket, storming ahead to
take the first 9-0, with is opponent nowhere in sight. The second
was a little more difficult involving some long tough rallies but
soon went to Greg 9-2. It was looking good, but Gordon was not to
give in easily, and as Greg began to look tired, took advantage.
Some long rallies followed, but Greg had eased off and Gordon took
the game 9-4. Greg knew he had it to do, coming out in the fourth
like an express train, catching Gordon by surprise. Greg maintained
pace, power and accuracy and as Gordon struggled, took advantage to
take the game 9-3 and match to Knutsford.
With the match in the bag, Steve O Hare at 3 following a tough
week at work and a lot of travel behind him, knew he would have a
tough one against Paul Bartle, but never one to give in, started
how he meant to carry on. Bartle was slow at first and O'Hare took
advantage recovering everything to frustrate his
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opponent into a series of mistakes, taking the first, 9-4.
Bartle fought back in the next, but O'Hare with the bit between his
teeth kept up the momentum to take the second 9-5.
Overall, a great win, much needed but still plenty to do to
ensure survival. Two nil up, O'Hare looked like he was cruising but
Bartle, not one to give in started to fight back. O'Hare's errors
didn't help as Bartle upped his game and soon edged ahead, to take
the next game 9-1, with O Hare struggling to match. The fourth a
battle from start to finish with O Hare regaining the form of the
first two games. Bartle was also up for it and some momentous
rallies followed. At 8-8 with both showing signs of tiring, it was
all to play for, but O Hare so close was not going to give in and
pushed on to take the game 10-8 and match 3-1, great gritty
performance, four one to Knutsford and 19 valuable points
Overall a great performance, much needed win as it all goes down
to the wire on the final game of the season.