19-6 to Grove Park despite 2 home courts and quality reserve players.
Mike Walton started us and stayed level in his match until the 2nd ½ hammer GP finding extra width and length to win in three (6-9, 4-9, 4-9).
Graham (2nd string) took on Ben the only young gun in the GP side and they went toe to toe in front of a busy balcony drawing supporters over from the finished Walton match. We were treated to vintage Woods and he romped away 1 up, but for a “niggle” in his calf it could have been 2 up. The third game produced more good squash with Graham piling pressure on the GP b/h and forcing aggressive returns. From 2 all the onlookers expected “Woodsy’s” controlled squash to overcome GP, but he faded in the 5th and GP pushed hard for the taste of victory. L2-3, (10-8, 3-9, 9-7, 3-9).
Next one on; Steve C’s return game against Phil Stafford. Steve got his usual good start and sported a good fitness level, going 4 up and then a game down! Straight through in game 2 bagging a point for the team but by game 3 Phil had seen the light and played some fine boasts & volleys. Game 4 drew more soft touches from Steve and GP enjoyed a comfortable 1-3 (5-9, 9-2, 2-9, 1-9). On the bright side there were plenty of good rallies.
Dave Smith lost 0-3 (3-9, 2-9, 9-10). He played well and never gave up on a rally and came close in 3 but Scarle was not going to let it slip.
Greg put in tactical performance against his opponent the infamous Rod Boswell, kept his mind in the here and now and used f/h drives to kill off weak returns to move 2 up. Rod showed great discipline and a skilful touch to level the match before Greg reasserted his tight squash to bank the 3 points.
Well done Seconds! Winning some important points.
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