The long awaited first match report for the 1st team has finally arrived, and what a match to start with.
After the usual joys of a trip to Tollgate the week before we were keen to get back on winning ways, play on decent courts, have sociable opponents and tasty food. At least we had 3 out of the 4.
Northern had been playing in div 2 last season with a weaker team than turned out tonight. A mixture of youth, assorted bandanas and a daft pony tail.
Burkey was on first up against the bandanad, ponytailed veteran Rick Ainley-Walker and it wasn't long before he was 2 down. A spirited performance in the 3rd narrowly losing 10-8. A very respectable score in a third game (see below).
Next up myself against ginger Ben Stuchbury, another bandana in place. I played some of my trademark squash in the 1st, ie lots of mistakes to go 6-0 down, lost the game but a bit more spirited in the 2nd going down 9-6. Captains team talk inspired me to go 8-5 up in the 3rd and surely then on to win 3-2??. Unfortunately not as Ben chipped away and won 10-8.
Team 2 down, turnaround needed and up stepped Woodsy telling Dave he was going to win. Think he was freaked by his opponent walking on court with no bandana! Graham never really got into the game and went down 3-0 to be consistent with the other matches tonight.
So game lost all that was left was Knutsford pride to play for. On goes Dave and restores a bit of pride by taking the 1st game. It seemed his ploy of only turning up for the 2nd half of Monday night training was working, but no he then lost the second 9-0. Unlucky not to sneak the third and eventually went down 3-1. A good effort Dave.
Last up Captain Faulkner, unbeaten all season and surely keen to continue this "ruthless" streak (hope you didn't forget the milk!!). After managing only 4 points in the first 2 games against Callum it looked like Dave was heading for the man of the match award but no! Some amazing squash in the next 2 games saw him only drop 4 points. All set up to stroll to victory in the 5th, especially after racing to a 3-0 lead. Unfortunately Callum had other ideas and won the 5th 9-3. 2 well earned points and a great game to watch, he was even multitasking and ensuring we put the food on.
On reflection we were worth more than the 3 points we got but Northern must be favourites for promotion, unless the 2nds can surprise them next week.
An early finish due to 3rds opponents crying off.
MOM award to Glen.
For match scores click here