Evo was first on court, he was destined to be leaving early due to a work induced migraine. However he played good enough to take the two opening games but for Martin nipping in and taking the first 8-10. At one all Evo's concentration waned and his focus turned to the door. Those two games were the best he'd played so far this season and he really challenged Martin with changes in pace and feathered drops to both the front corners. (9-10, 9-4, 1-9, 1-9).
Graham Wood dropped in from the 1st Team to play 2nd string and help grab some points from a Vagrants side that looked beatable.Graham remained full of confidence despite a fast start from Tom and falling behind (1-9, 1-9). At that point the match erupted. Graham had settled in and trying to make a comeback, but Tom's commitment to hitting the skin off the ball was not enough, he was also getting advantage through roughing Graham up on his way to the f/h passing shot. A few words with the referee and Tom was asked not push off his opponent using his left arm. Martin's grip on the game was broken and Graham dominated the rallies to draw the match level at two all. Unfortunately Graham couldn't stop Tom from getting back into winning positions and he closed out the match by overpowering some classy squash! (1-9, 1-9, 9-3, 9-7, 7-9).
Nigel Uttley played 4; his familiar array of c/c nicks and volley drops steered him into a good lead. Again Vagrants showed great guts at digging in and chasing many lost causes to keep the match alive, at two all the sensible money was on Nigel’s measured length, but not this week he lost out to the fitter man. (9-3, 6-9, 6-9, 9-6, 3-9).
Greg was another confident KS player off to a good start at 3 and looking to bag up some points only to find best efforts dashed. This time by Rob, arguably one of Vagrants best on the night. It was all Greg in the first game his experience in shot selection was excellent and accurate with his drives (narrowly losing out 8-10), Rob had the extra gear and used it to give as good as he got, definitely one to watch out for in the future! (8-10, 2-9,3-9)
Last but not least at one Steve C Vs Paul Spreadbury. Paul looked shaky in the opening rallies and had complained in the changing rooms about previous performances. On the other hand Steve was full off spirit and determined myself to not start slowly and got out in front early on. Worryingly Paul soon had the better of the court and the game 6-9. The next two games were made far too easy for Paul, Steve got it all wrong on the night and couldn’t break away from putting the ball into easy to reach zones, all to Vagrants delight.
With only 5 points from the match KS2 will stay at the foot of the table until they can get 2 or 3 wins under their belt.
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