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Alderley Edge 5 v Knutsford 4

With the festive season on us, and no thirds game, would KSC4 get some Christmas cheer versus a usually weak Alderley 5. As the weather turned cold and wintery, KSC4 ageing muscles were starting to snap, so youth beckoned, and the skip put out a team with an average age of 28 overseen by granddad Dalton. 

On the mourn of the big day, scrooge Evans, with happy dreams of Christmas past yet nightmares of Christmas future, came knocking on the door, asking for more taxes and Father 'Skip'mas, appreciating the season of goodwill to all squash players, yielded young ‘tiny Will’. Father 'Skip'mas noted to himself,- he must mend Rudolph Walton's red nose- as all the thirds were lost in the foggy heights of first place, nowhere to be seen Thursday last!

To the games- didnt see them as early doors was tending the reindeer, and turned up near midnight to see if KSC4 had been good that night.

So here's half a page about me! Me at one, stuffed like an Christmas turkey, against a player usually in div 4 and yet to lose in div 5- not fair.

At 2 Peter, deservedly pushed up the order, against another div 4 player, this one yet to play in div 5- come on Alderley this ain't on. Peter was punished in the first to love as Dan bossed the T. Peter listened well and worked hard in the 2nd to move Dan off the T and get 2 confidence winning points on the score card. Third game and Peter told to be more patient and rally down the walls- he did just that, excelled and started to consistently win points, but alas, no present, and lost despite an 8-5 lead. Great test for Peter, each game better than the last, he's learning fast- well done.

At 3 Matt, against Tim, undefeated in div 5,vanquisher of Rich Holmes and pushed down the order by 2 div 4 players. Tough again and despite taking the first game, Tim dominated the next 3.

At 4 Joe, against another undefeated div 5 player- where had Alderley picked their team from ( oh yeah- there 4th team who had no game!). Match of the night here. Joe took the first and could have taken a 2 game lead losing the 2nd 10-8. At 2-1 down Joe kept at it, edged the 4th 9-8 as Mark went for broke, missed his chance and disappeared in the fifth- great scalp for Joe, first of many to come.

At 5 Geoff, looks like he struggled like the rest of the golden oldies in KSC4.

So begrudgingly mince pies in the end to Alderley 4! Santa please note, they were a bit naughty with their selection and don’t deserve any pressies this year.

Thanks to all those who supported KSC4 this half, especially those added last minute

Seasons greetings to all, Ian

Posted by : Ian Hopkins at 20:09:PM on Thursday 5 December 2013
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Alderley Edge 3 v Knutsford 1

Knutsford 1 travelled to leafy Alderley Edge for a mid-table clash against a team starting the night one place below but on the same number of points as Knutsford.

 

First on court, fresh from the Monday night training session was John B against the hard hitting Phil Morgan. The extremely lively courts took some getting used to and unfortunately John appeared to have used up all his straight drives in practice on Monday, and proceeded to play too much short and cross court balls and failed to capitalise on opportunities presented by Phil's numerous mistakes. A bad start for Knutsford with John going down 9-4, 9-4, 9-5.

 

Knutsford's fortunes didn't look like they were destined to improve as Simon went onto court against the British Over 35 Women's Champion (2006), British Over 40 Women's Champion (2010 & 2012), Nikki Fowler......(I googled her). Some stylish squash and close games followed but Simon made too many unforced errors and failed to impose himself on the game; his usually reliable back hand drop finding the tin on far too many occasions, allowing Nikki to take the game 9-6, 9-2, 9-5.

 

Not to worry, Dave was on next against Mike Perry; surely Dave would save the day and spare Knutsford from losing the match. Unfortunately Dave wasn't just late to this week's training session, he missed it altogether.....and it showed! To be fair though Mike is a good player at the best of times and tonight he was on top of his game. He was very agile around court and seemed to have mastered killing the ball on the very warm courts; something the Knutsford boys had so far failed to do successfully. It wasn't long before Alderley had secured the match, with Mike winning 9-1, 9-6, 9-1.

 

Chris was next on at No2 to try and salvage some Knutsford pride....and with it some points. Chris's opponent was Dave Leonard; I didn't see the first game which Dave won 9-6, but I returned just in time to see Chris destroy him 9-1 in the second game. Chris carried on where he had left off in the 3rd game with some excellent court coverage and shot selection to win 9-4. Dave stepped off court looking exhausted.....a 3-1 win to Chris was surely just around the corner. But no! Nikki was heard at the bar asking if they had anything that would give someone on court some energy. I suggested beer, but she went for a Kitkat and Lucozade. She quickly administered same and Dave appeared back on court, still chewing! I think the Lucozade must have been administered intravenously, as Dave was a different player and won the 4th 9-0 to set up the first truly competitive match of the evening.  A great final game followed, with some excellent squash from both players but Chris's fitness and mental strength got him through to win 9-6 and secure 3 points. A MOM performance from Chris.

 

By the time Glen got on court it had turned 10:30. Glen had clearly been eyeing up the menu (beef madras) and was obviously hungry. Producing an impressive display of quality squash he romped to 2 games up in no time dropping only 3 points in the process, leaving his opponent Miles McGoun reeling! The third game was a closer affair; the smell of beef madras wafting through onto the court was clearly distracting Glen from the task in hand, but the Bisto Kid didn't disappoint and finished the job he had so excellently started to win the third, 10-8 and the match 3-0.

 

An enjoyable evening against pleasant opposition, despite losing 16-6.

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Posted by : Simon Whitaker at 19:28:PM on Thursday 31 October 2013
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Knutsford 2 v Alderley Edge 3

The start of what will be a very long season for K2. Newly promoted to Div 3 and with a number of key players not available (for a variety of reasons – some valid some tenuous) any opposition is going to be tough and so it turned out to be playing AE3 (also promoted and the team we beat in the last game of last season).

 

With only one team at home and two courts available the prospect of an early night loomed. Nigel and Steve on first, Steve lost the first two but Nigel won the first so the 60+ year old stand in captain got the first point on the board for K2 and mighty proud of this achievement he is but against the very hard hitting Phil the momentum could not be maintained and the rest of the points went to AE3.

 

Steve was by now 2-1 down and according to the gallery playing some excellent squash and so it continued with long hard rallies that Steve had trained hard for and was clearly relishing. His shot selection has certainly improved and the drop shot was employed to good effect as his opponent started to run out of gas. Steve took the next 2 games 9-2, 9-0 for an excellent win and 3 points to K2 – a definite MOM performance.

 

At this point the aching limbs needed soothing hot water and the captain decided a shower was called for – unfortunately during this period Greg and Neil came and went so to speak and both declared themselves well beaten and not a lot to write about.

 

Dave Smith was on next. Dave thundered his way to a 7-2 lead in the first with Adam not sure how to tackle the thunderbolts heading his way, however it didn’t take him long and Dave could only manage two more points.

 

Always a pleasure to play against AE teams and a good night was had by all with chilli con carne, garlic bread and strawberry cheesecake to sooth the soul if not the waist line. Next up Congleton away and an even weaker availability

 

 

Home Team

Name

points

1

2

3

4

5

points

Away Team

Name

1

Steve Costello

3

3-9

2-9

9-2

9-2

9-0

2

Dave Leonard

2

Greg Marshall

0

1-9

4-9

5-9

3

Nikki Fowler

3

Nigel Uttley

1

9-3

1-9

3-9

5-9

3

Phil Morgan

4

Dave Smith

0

7-9

0-9

2-9

3

Adam Slade

5

Neil Robinson

0

7-9

6-9

1-9

3

Steve Calmers Morris

Team Points

4

14

Team Points

Bonus points

0

5

Bonus points

Total Points

4

19

Total Points

Posted by : Nigel Uttley at 9:32:AM on Thursday 19 September 2013
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Alderley Edge 3 v Knutsford 2

The last match of the season saw Knutsford 2 travelling to leafy Alderley Edge knowing that they had the tricky challenge of beating Alderley (unbeaten all season) to secure second place in the division and promotion to Div3.

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Posted by : Simon Whitaker at 9:01:AM on Thursday 28 March 2013
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Knutsford 4 v Alderley Edge 5

As transfer day drew to a close, it was all quiet from the higher teams as KSC4 remained unchanged for Thursday night. First up Mike ‘Carragher’ Walton, the old pro, dragged out for another season and leading KSC4 at one. Despite a few losses he was still a firm favourite on the balcony and so it proved again tonight as Charles Burr, another old pro, knowing he was up against it, tried to delay the start. As the only edge player here, he eventually took to the court and we soon realised his reluctance as Mike won the first 9-1. Charles woke up in the next, levelling the match, but Mike turning back the years lobbed and dropped his way to a 3-1 win. At this rate he'll definitely be wanted next year- one year contract extension please!

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Posted by : Ian Hopkins at 9:56:AM on Thursday 31 January 2013
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Knutsford 3 v Alderley Edge 3

This fixture was always going to be a tough one: top of the league vs bottom, and a weakened side. To make things worse, Captain Neil had to drop out at the last minute, his Achilles heel still not right. Thanks to Gwyn for stepping in at short notice; his reward was to be first on his against hard-hitting Phil on a hot court. Gwyn battled bravely but the pressure was unrelenting, never really let him get into his stride, 0-3 and off home straight away for family duties!

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Posted by : Geoff Dalton at 14:10:PM on Thursday 17 January 2013
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Knutsford 4 v Alderley Edge 4

In true FA Cup giant killing style, KSC 4ths set out to cause an upset against title leading undefeated Alderley Edge 4.

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Posted by : Ian Hopkins at 9:38:AM on Thursday 10 January 2013
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Knutsford 2 v Alderley Edge 3

The last game of the first half against table toppers and unbeaten Alderley Edge 3. The Captain had started preparing the team for the ultimate challenge the day before with the following message "En route to the match visualise your favourite shot played to perfection!! Don't give away easy points and go the hard yard. Concentration is needed."

 

So up first was yours truly against Simon who beat me at AE last season. On a court that was cold,  Simon's loose shots were despatched in quick fashion and the first 2 games were taken by K2 with relative ease. With a warmer court and not so tight drop shots Simon came back and romped away with the next two games. All to play for and Simon continued to dominate taking a 7-3 lead but the captain had to set an example, especially as this was his last game of the season before  winter training grounds beckon in a warm climate to get fit for the start of next season - there's commitment for you!! So the points were clawed back and the first match to K2 was won. I heard someone in the bar later say MOM so I'll accept it.

 

Simon (unbeaten) against nice guy Alex Harris up next. Simon had game point in the first but a couple of tins and easy points conceded meant that it was lost 10-8. Simon was urged to up the tempo and intensity and some good squash resulted but Alex has a wrist that has clearly seen extensive exercise in his youth played the steadier squash and prevailed 3-0. Continued progress from Simon (unless the weight of taking over the captaincy is not too onerous) may well see this result reversed in the second half.

 

John was up against Andy Hine - hard hitting, high tempo looking like an old grey haired hippy veteran. Andy's game is very predictable but not easy to play against. But at 1-1 the game was evenly balanced and then it happened! Andy decided that the marker (Steve O'Hare) would be better off combining sex and travel rather than wasting his time officiating a squash match, Steve responded that he was more than prepared to start the travel bit by stepping out in the car park for a discussion as to the best route (or something) to take. Order was restored and Andy continued to play high tempo squash and blasted John off court for a 3-1 victory.

 

Steve was up against a very strong and stylish player in Mike Perry. Some long rallies and excellent squash ensued but Steve couldn't snatch the one game which might have seen Mike crumble. The game was played in very good spirit with both players congratulating each other's good shots to such an extent that the gallery was starting to get a bit concerned about how this was developing, and quite rightly so as the match ended with hugs! Bonhomie was restored all round and I'm sure there was nothing more to it than modern man showing his feminine side - wouldn't have done that in my day!!

 

With the match lost David went out all guns blazing and won the first game 9-3. His oppo though has been around a bit and is a classy player still and took a 2-1 lead with some classic squash and good serving. David's serves were also well placed and put Mick under some pressure resulting a very tight 4th game which David had game point but couldn't convert and Mick to the match 3-1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So at half way stage Alderley are well out in front and have a strong squad and are likely to continue through to the end of the season as champions. The battle is for second place and promotion. K2 is tied on points with Macc but in third place based on number of games lost. Two losses to Alsager and Radborke hurts us badly and these need to be revered in the second half - this can only be achieved if we maximise availability at the top end. Some good news is that Graham Woods played for the 4ths last night and should be shooting up the teams to bolster the strength of K2

 

Good luck in the second half I'll be watching out for the results (please E-mail me the card Simon) as I work hard at the warm weather training ground.

 

For Match score click Here

Posted by : Nigel Uttley at 14:11:PM on Thursday 13 December 2012
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Alderley Edge 5 v Knutsford 4

Back again to Alderley, home to our drubbing first match of the season, had Geoff paid his subs to them as he's played there more than at Knutsford this year? Geoff's insider knowledge boded well, he'd already dispatched his Alderley third team player, narrowly lost to the fourth team, surely tonight would be a formality against Alderley 5's.


First on the two captains but despite a promising start and good leads in each game and a narrow loss in the third a lack of Thursday night oughness saw yours truly go down in straight sets.

Graham on next, against a younger opponent, who chased the game down, looking the part, as he ran and ran, retrieving Graham's drops and taking the first 2 games with ease. Meanwhile Geoff on the next court lost the first game quickly notching only 2 points- things weren't looking good, one match lost and down in the next 2 with no reply.

So some inspirational talk from the skipper first for Graham concentrate on line and length and his young opponent while having plenty of  nergy, had no answer to orthodox squash as Graham took the next 3, losing only 5 points- what a turn around- M.O.M. performance.

Next Geoff- your oppo's only got a drop, pick the pace up and he'll make errors and, with Geoff feeling the change in mood on the balcony, started playing drives with venom; low, deep, tight and deadly. His oppo crumbled, next 3 games to Geoff, match nicely posed at 2-1 to KSC.

Tony, first game of the season, would he be rusty? Playing against another up and coming 20 something player.  Did he need some of captain's inspiration- nope he was inspired already! First couple of rallies and Tony was corner to corner, with some sublime retrieving, surely he couldn't keep this up! Well he did, this was a close match but Tony was fitter, tighter, sublime even with no unforced errors as he took the first 2 games and got to match point with only 5 points dropped. Then yours truly had to give a let call to Alderley as he tried to retrieve a drop, Tony claiming
the nick and match and already walking off court (but his opponent had made more of an attempt than some of his let's!). Good decision - only just though as Tony's energy levels dropped and a comeback briefly looked on the cards before Tony finally finished the game to 5.

Meanwhile Mike on the next court playing another old pro Charles Burr, a game that would have been played years earlier on the show courts but now demoted to the back courts. But Mike wanted to look the part and he certainly did in a long sleeved, colour less buttoned black top. Didn't see the first 2 games, Mike won the first narrowly and Charles the second. Nicely poised, did Charles looked flustered and tired,- was it the thought that Mike must be some sort of fitness iron man in that thermal looking long sleeved top on a very warm squash court and he knew deep down he wouldn't keep up with our Mike? Possibly as Mike took the third easily to 3 with some physics defying, cross court disguised, dropping. 2-1 up and Charles rallied in the fourth finding energy from somewhere and again levelled the game but the engine was empty and Mike taking the fifth comfortably to round off a good night for the fourths

So after a successful night, the captain bailed out by his Ferguson type half time team talk, (pity Brendan Rogers can't turn a game round like that!) we thought about Snapey's suggestion of Wilmslow road (or something more upmarket as we were in Alderley)- but Mike wouldn't get in as he'd just played in his shirt so we had to go home.

For Match Score Click Here

Posted by : Ian Hopkins at 8:32:AM on Thursday 18 October 2012
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Alderley Edge 3 v Knutsford 3


Match: 
Knutsford 3Away to Alderley Edge 3

Date:  4th of October
2012

The Third Team travelled to the leafy stockbroker belt of
Alderley Edge for their first away fixture of the season.

Snapey on first against second string Phil Morgan. A tough
game for Snapey who although tried to play a tight game, found it difficult to
maintain any sort of dominance against his opponent's accurate and strong
stroke play. Snapey lost in three.

Meanwhile Court No2 was hosting the 5th string
match between Brian Beech and Hansel Allen. Beechey's first competitive game
for the KSC 3rds and much was expected from him. Would he 'eat up' his opponent
with a Grimm result? As Hansel led The Beech towards the woods this was not a
mere pebble gathering exercise, as the first game was close with Beechy losing
out 7-9. The second went the same way 7-9 but alas The Beech had pulled a
muscle (and that was the only thing he was to pull this evening). Dr Snapey
recommended a deep heat massage. The Beech manfully fought on in the third
losing out 6-9 but limped off with the respect of his teammates. Good Effort.

As luck would have it, much later on that evening the Club
monthly raffle was drawn and Beechy having already left for home won 3rd
prize of a free massage at 'Sasha's Massage & Pamper Studio' on Wilmslow
Road.  Shame that, as they're open 24hrs
and all major Credit Cards are accepted (So I'm told). Smithy volunteered to
look after the voucher for you Beechy…how kind.

Now, limbering up on the show court was Captain Robbo.
Smarting from last weeks spanking from Super Simon, he had something to prove
against the 4th string youth of Adam Slade. Unfortunately Neil's
experience made little impact as young Adam was never going to give this match
up without a fight, and already had a Knutsford scalp from last week (Walt).
Robbo took the first game 9-4 making it a lot harder for himself than it should
have been. His opponent fought hard in the second to take it 9-6. By now the
usual signs were starting to show. Much huffing & puffing from Robbo, and
less movement around the court. The next two games went against him 3-9, 3-9.
Young Adam had 'Slayed' The Captain.

But worry not, Robbo announced he is a slow starter after
the excesses of the summer, and he gets better as the season develops. Well
hurry up Robbo we need you, and this team looks like it's in for a bumpy ride!

The Cash arrived late with Smithy (where had you both been?)
The Cash was up against 3rd string Simon Feather. This was no
lightweight match and there soon developed some hard-hitting squash, both
players favouring the backhand wall. First game was close 9-7 to The Cash. Then
the demons entered his head and he lost the 2nd 3-9, and with his finger
nervously hovering over the self-destruct button he took the next two games 9-3
for the 3rds only win so far. Well done.

Grand Finale and the show court throbbed with anticipation.
The crowded Bar heaved with Alderley's WAGS. All having turned out specially to see the toned body of Knutsford 1st String
Smithy. Up against Alex Harris, rumoured to have played for his County on more
than one occasion. This was one mouth-watering match not to miss. Alas, Smithy
was up against a better player and it showed. Those who play at 1 & 2 in
this Division are never going to get an easy game with such tough competition
around. Smithy tried his best but found it difficult to make a dent in his
opponent's game and lost 0-3.

The crowd turned back to the Bar. The WAGS dissolved into
the night.But hey, there was the usual Alderley hospitality on offer.
A nice Curry on the Menu, and Ice Cold 'Peroni' on draught.

As we walked across the Car Park Smithy was now feeling the
effects of the Peronis. He casually tossed his car keys to the Cash, and I'm sure I
heard him say 'Take me to Wilmslow Road'……

Match Score Click Here

Posted by : Roger Snape at 13:48:PM on Thursday 4 October 2012
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