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Sandbach 2 v Knutsford 2

David Smith, John Evans and Roger Snape joined Steve Costello and Keith Edminson in the seconds this week against Sandbach 2.  Sandbach were looking to avenge their defeat earlier in the season.

John got a good start against Ian Turpin at 4 and was set to take the 1st game, he had the lead until he stopped playing deep and allowed Turpin to attack the front corners, it was then that John at 7-8 down suffered a calf strain and could not continue.

Keith Edminson played Matt Oakes at 2. Keith wasn't put under much pressure by Oakes and soon won the 1st  (9-4). He played the younger left hander around the court closing down on his opponents weaknesses.  Oakes played some good squash at the front and hit some nice volley drops but Keith matched everything he had (2-0). Oakes came out for a fight in game 3 and increased his length and found more winners from the T.  From 2-1 up Keith reasserted his control and exposed more weaknesses; Oakes lost his width and Keith made him lunge and stretch with little reward, 9-0 to Keith and the match was tied.

David Smith at 3 faced Tony Taylor. Smithy challengedTaylorwith his hard hitting and got some good lengths and forced Taylorto play his best squash, any loose rallies and Smithy blasted the ball into the c/c nick by the service box.  HoweverTaylorhad too much variation and didn't get drawn into a slugging competition. ( 9-3, 9-2, 9-1).

Roger Snape next against Mike Mulliner, Rog was another Knutsford player with a good start winning it (9-4).  Mike stormed back using his accomplished style to great effect. Hard to beat on his day, Rog probably gave him too much of the ball and paid for it losing the next two games (9-4, 9-0).  A good come back in 4 though, (3-9). Roger controlling the game and demonstrating some good squash to leave Mulliner out of attacking court positions.  The 5th was super close; unfortunately it went to their man 10-8. Roger fought all the way but Mulliner got the final winners taking the match for Sandbach.

Steve Costello Vs Nigel Scott. Didn't know what to expect from Scott tonight and suffered similar problems to the previous loss at Prestbury.  Steve was reluctant to go forward in the early stages and tried to hold his position in the back of the court. This proved vey ineffective and Scott mercilessly drove the ball down into the side wall whilst Steve was frustratingly trapped behind him.  Having applied no sustained pressure Scott was left free to c/c from the b/h side and Steve being at the back for too long ran into some unforced errors from good positions that on a different night could have led to a better match, not good.  Scott looked sharp throughout winning (9-2, 9-2, 9-1). 

19-5 to Sandbach:  Another loss, Knutsford relying on points gained earlier in the season.

For match scores Click Here.

Posted by : Tony Hindley at 8:33:AM on Thursday 22 March 2012
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Knutsford 3 v Sandbach 2

The 3rds were up against a full strength Sandbach 2 but were hoping they had a strength in depth in the ranks to deal with the challenge.

First up at string 3 was Greg against Sunderland's answer to Jonah Barrington.  On a very cold court, Greg flew out of the blocks to control the first  game with ease driving consistent lengths and dropping when his opponent was out of position.  1-0 up and no sign of sweat on Greg's brow.  Plan A went out of the window as Greg surrendered good length and allowed his tricky opponent to romp the 2nd 9-1.  Original service was resumed as Greg took the next 2 comfortably for a 3-1 win.  Well played.

Next on was Walton against the hulking Mike in Game 5.  Walton put in a Jeckyl & Hyde performance obviously inspired by Liverpool's recent contrasting displays against Bolton (awful) and the Manchester teams (pretty good).  Unfortunately, Bolton weighed heavier in his mind as he lost 3-2.  Better luck next week.

Dave "have I told you I'm going on holiday tomorrow" Waring didn't want to waste too much energy before his romantic break as he produced some of his best squash this season to demolish a tough opponent, Rennie Birch, in game 2.  A comprehensive 3-0 win and definitely Man of the Match.  Excellent stuff.

Attempting to tie up the match, O'Hare was on in game 4 against the teenage Matt Oakes.  It was clear in the warm up that all the talent lay on the Sandbach side of the court and the umpire refused O'Hare's request to toss a coin for the game rather than be beaten by someone half his weight and less than half his age.  Never mind.  The squash gods were in uproar as the pre match talent was out powered and out manouvered as O'Hare raced to a 2-0 lead.  Balance was restored in the 3rd as Oakes pulverised O'Hare with some great front of court play.  Could this be the start of a comeback against the beetroot faced and tiring Mancunian.  NO!  Bish, bash, Bosh, 9-1 in the 4th for a 3-1 win and the match in the bag for Knutsford.

Last but not least saw the 1st string match as Streff strode on court all in black like a Star Wars extra.  His elder opponent was smashing the ball in the warm up aided by wearing a golf glove on his racket hand.  We wondered whether it was a Luke Skywalker esque robotic hand, such was the power generated and Streff was out powered 3-9 to lose the first.  However, our man was far too canny for this and noticed old Skywalker's backhand had as much power and accuracy as an Andy Carroll attempt on goal.  Clever positional play and some excellent nicks sealed a 3-1 win.  Great comeback and good on court know how.

Retired to the bar for an excellent chicken casserole and wild rice.  Yum.  Eclairs for pudding too.  How Robinson would have loved it...!!!!

For Match Scores Click Here

Posted by : Steve O'Hare at 9:51:AM on Thursday 2 February 2012
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Knutsford 2 v Sandbach 2

A late arrival meant Mike Walton started the match against Matt Oakes at 5.  Mike controlled the play early on and had the best of the rallies, winning his points through c/cs and b/h volley drop shots. The movement of 14 year old Oakes stood out as brilliant and after losing the first game he did not falter in his excellent court coverage. The long rallies tired Mike and Oakes fought back to win the 2nd with impressive drives and a fantastic read of the front court. In the later stages Mike struggled for fitness and stopped hitting winning volleys and let Oakes rally into winning positions. 3-1 to Sandbach.

Greg Marshall took the top spot at 1 against Rennie Birch.  Birch attacked fiercely and charged forward to unleash powerful drives. Greg was stunned to lose the 1st from a 4-0 lead. Birch continued to play bruttle squash and Greg struggled to get to grips with a menacing Birch serve.  So Greg was 2 games down with a lot do when he found Birch's weakness. Greg kept his balance and floated the ball into the corners; belting the ball back wasn't working and timing was essential to get Birch off the T and open up for a drop shot. Greg stuck at it very well and took the 3rd game (9-7). The forth was also close but Birch wouldn't let it go and put Sandbach 2 up.

On stepped David Waring against Ian Turpin. Turpin played a similar sort of game to David, he played short to the front and looked to wrong foot his opponent. It worked! he won the first game (9-2)! and the second (9-6)!  However David was far from done and as the game drew on won more and more rallies. Using the home advantage to full effect he dominated the next 3 games easily catching Turpin out of position (9-3, 9-4, 9-4).

Steve O'Hare faced Mike Mulliner at 4. Steven played to his strengths; speed, power and passion. He took the first 9-7, the 2nd 9-2, and the 3rd 9-6.  There were some good rallies and both players applied pressure in spells but Steven's concentration was superior and he was first to the ball and all 3 points.

So 2 games all and Steve Costello took on Tony Taylor (a gas contractor on loan to Sandbach).  He was a good standard but Steve took no prisoners (9-1). In the 2nd the early pressure hit home andTaylor got some luck off the frame to win (9-6). After a word from the balcony Steve bounced back and took the next (9-2, 9-4), using the b/h drop shot off the return of serve to maximum effect. This and a tight powerful drive was enough to finish of the Sandbach challenge.

            The match's final score was 16-9. One more win at Bollington to complete a 1st half clean sweep.

Home Team

Name

points

1

2

3

4

5

points

Away Team

Name

1

Greg Marshall

1

4-9

4-9

9-7

6-9

3

Rennie Birch

2

Steve Costello

3

9-1

6-9

9-2

9-4

1

Tony Taylor

3

David Waring

3

2-9

6-9

9-3

9-4

9-4

2

Ian Turpin

4

Steven O'Hare

3

9-7

9-2

9-6

0

Mike Mulliner

5

Mike Walton

1

9-6

5-9

0-9

1-9

3

Matt Oakes

Team Points

Team Points

Bonus points

Bonus points

Total Points

Total Points

Posted by : Steve Costello at 20:24:PM on Thursday 8 December 2011
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Sandbach 2 v Knutsford 3

FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON FOR A MUCH IMPROVED THIRDS SETS THE SCENE FOR REST OF THE SEASON

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Posted by : Tony Hindley at 10:05:AM on Thursday 20 October 2011
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Knutsford 1 v Sandbach 2

Match Report:  Knutsford 1 v Sandbach 2

24th March 2010

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Posted by : Tony Hindley at 0:00:AM on Thursday 24 March 2011
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Sandbach 1 v Knutsford 1

Promotion chasing knutsfords 1sts were hoping to dispatch sandbach 1 on their home patch. Knutsford were fired up with a warm feeling in their bellies on a chilly night. The courts were as usual rather cold in the south Cheshire town but as justin turned up bang on time both steve and john were already firing on all cylinders.

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Posted by : Tony Hindley at 0:00:AM on Thursday 27 January 2011
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Sanbach 2 v Knutsford 1

Bottom of the table sandbach 2 were a welcome relief for the knutsfordians, having lost the previous 3 matches. A cold night at Sandbach Leisure Centre.

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Posted by : Tony Hindley at 0:00:AM on Thursday 2 December 2010
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Knutsford 1 v Sandbach 1

Captain turned up minus match ball and team. Mr Chairman please give me some balls! Ball less and clueless on the evening el capitano steps up to the plate and heads on court first against highwayman dick turpin.

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Posted by : Tony Hindley at 0:00:AM on Thursday 14 October 2010
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