Match: Knutsford 4 at Home to Alderley Edge 4
Date: 25 November 2010
The Fretful Fourths were much depleted as they faced a strong
Alderley side. Geoff started proceedings at 1 against Tim, on a
cool court, and by floating his serves to keep the ball cold was
soon 2-0 up. Old man's squash! The court slowly warmed, Tim upped
the pace and started to find a length, Geoff's timing went awry and
Tim eased to a 3-2 win. Two points in the bag though.
Andy Dalton at 5, playing his first match this season, faced
upwardly mobile Chris, and temperature was no longer a problem as
both players pelted it. Andy's serve was working well, but his
backhand was stuttering as Chris played it deep. Plenty of movement
though, definitely young man's squash, the younger man Chris taking
it comfortably 3-0.
Guy at 2 - not quite what he'd hoped for his first outing after a
lay-off! - took on hard hitting Charles, who raced to an 8-1 lead.
Guy was conserving energy, which made his stroke-play all the more
impressive as he patiently recovered to deuce and then game - cool,
man! A similar story in the second, lots of patient wall work and
low risk squash, another deuce, another game. A dip in the third
allowed Charles to storm through 9-1, but this was no turning point
as Guy clinically took the fourth game 9-0. Wow - well played
Chris Sheppard made his debut playing 4 against Iron Man Alex.
Temperature was definitely not a problem as Chris gave it some
awesome wellie particularly on his forehand. He just lost the first
9-7, a bit of inexperience with 'Lets' contributing, but stormed
back to take the next 9-0 - impressive! Alex tightened his serve
and forced Chris into errors, eventually running out a 3-1 winner,
but a promising start for Chris - well played!
Finally we welcomed back Ian Hopkins, returning after a year's
lay-off following a hip relining. How would it stand up to the
rigours of team squash! Rather well by the look of it, it was lack
of fitness that told in the end as Ian competed strongly against
Nick, losing 3-0 but definitely back in the groove - welcome back
So, defeat but not dishonour and 6 points in the bag. Nice warm
chilli, just right for a chilly night!