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
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
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
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.
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