The Second Team welcomed Grove Park 7, newcomers and unknowns to
the Division. How
would the seconds perform against this new opposition? Would
Knutsford be able
to continue their winning start to the season?....read on....
First out of the box was 4th string Simon....like a whippet
against Brian Perry.
Still fresh from his holidays would he be able to focus or would he
distracted by thoughts of his next trip?....oh he was focused
disappointed at dropping 7 points in his match last week, Simon was
out to make
amends.....playing some sharp, tight squash, he out-classed his
take the first game 9-1. More of the same followed in the next two
tight drives and precise drop shots, Simon won 9-1, 9-2 to seal a
and get the Nutters off on the right tracks.
Next on was Dave (the Whippet) Waring elevated up the order to
1st string following
his outstanding performance last week....Dave was not to be
distracted by the
fluorescent dress of his opponent Adrano Kyte and raced to an 8 - 0
lead in the
first game. Simon was starting to look worried on the balcony as he
his record for least points conceded looking in jeopardy. This look
quickly turned to one of relief, as Dave's mind started to drift to
awaited him when he got home....the thought of those dirty nappies
and his game
turned to.....anyway he just hung on to take the first 10-8!
serious reprimanding from Captain Greg, Dave's game returned and
great serves and lovely lobs he won the next game 9-0. After a bit
of a wobble
in the third game (6-9), Dave went on to win the fourth 9-2 and bag
win of the evening for Knutsford. A much more difficult opponent
week, but Dave's determination pulled him through!
Evo was on next at 5th string, looking as sharp and pristinely
turned out as usual
in his baggy, Ill-fitting t-shirt and Easyjet issue
hurry up getting the club shirts sorted out! Evo's opponent was a
Simon Burgess who was surprisingly nimble around court and an
battle ensued, but the result never really looked in doubt, despite
exhausted after the warm up! A mixed bag of squash followed with
frustratingly loose short play at times, but some exquisite lobs
touches at others.....Evo dug in and ground out a deserved 3-1
6-9, 9-4, 9-6).....a good result, which sealed the match for
Next on was Captain Greg at 2nd string against Ben Gandhi. With
the match now won
and the pressure off, Captain Greg clearly wanted to get as much
time on court
as possible! Captain Greg came out like a greyhound in the first
lovely squash - lob serves that tied his opponent in
knots.....first game won
9-2. Then it all started to go wrong....I'm not sure exactly what
although I suspect that whatever tiny under-garment he was wearing
little grey dress must have trapped something and cut off the blood
his legs...Captain Greg become immobile and was suddenly 2-1 down!
Steve O rushed downstairs following the third game and whatever he
didn't like to ask) seemed to do the trick. The blood flow was
Captain Greg's legs and normal service resumed.....beautiful touch
totally out-classed his opponent and Captain Greg took the next two
9-0 to win the 4th match of the evening.
Last on after a long wait....the 'Show Match' between the
stylish and controlled Dan
Burton and.....erm....Steve O.....would the match live up to
match of monster rallies ensued, both players chasing the ball down
corner of the court, the poor old ball getting such a pasting with
extremely hard hitting exchanges. After what seemed like an age,
Steve came through to win the first game 9-6. After a little pep
games, Steve changed his game slightly and started to hit a better
play in a more controlled manner, which paid dividends as he went
on to win the
next two games 9-5, 9-1 and the match 3-0.
Great bolognese and chocolate fudge cake (not on the same plate)
followed, to round
off another successful evening.