Weston lose out to Hutton Moor

PUBLISHED: 10:51 22 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:30 24 May 2010

HAVING retained a place in Division 3, Weston Squash and Racketball Club's second team started their new half-season with a local derby against old rivals from Hutton Moor

HAVING retained a place in Division 3, Weston Squash and Racketball Club's second team started their new half-season with a local derby against old rivals from Hutton Moor. Weston's squad was temporarily strengthened by the inclusion of Neil Bennett from the first team. Neil found himself pitched against well-known local racketmaster James Lynn, whose customary touch ensured an early 3-0 victory. The match score was levelled with Brian Dudley putting in a solid performance against Richard Middleton and dropping just a single game. Chris Farrant continued this year's tradition of making sure every match of his goes the full distance, only narrowly missing out in the last to Nigel Cormack. Needing a similar length of match to recover from an early 2-0 deficit, Allan Milnes battled back well against Jason Vinicombe and should have levelled at 2-2, but lost his grip on the fourth game and was defeated by some accurate hard hitting. Minh Xanh made a slow start, but having played his way into the game then failed to stop Mark Hams from taking the points. Hutton Moor took the spoils from the evening, but both sides enjoyed a well-fought and good-humoured local contest. Scores: Neil Bennett lost to James Lynn 6-9, 1-9, 7-9; Brian Dudley beat Richard Middleton 9-6, 1-9, 9-3, 9-1; Chris Farrant lost to Nigel Cormack 8-10, 5-9, 9-2, 9-7, 5-9; Allan Milnes lost to Jason Vinicombe 5-9, 7-9, 9-1, 8-10; Minh Xanh lost to Mark Hams 0-9, 1-9, 9-5, 3-9 The third team played their opening game in Division 4 against a strong Redwood side who narrowly missed out on promotion before Christmas. Fielding a strong side, hopes were high and this optimism was fully justified as No 4 Graham Quick stormed into a 2-0 lead against his young opponent. However, he eventually lost in a five-game thriller. Rob Fryer, continued to suffer from match nerves, did not play his natural flowing game and lost disappointingly 3-0 . Captain Rod Barnes steadied the ship with a commanding 3-0 victory and with university student No 1 Dan Booth winning convincingly by a similar margin, the stage was set for No 2 Mike La Band to win the match for Weston. In a long rallying match, Mike battled hard to win the first game, but in the end could not match the tightness of his opponents game and lost 3-1. Despite the defeat against probably the strongest side in the league, the team remains optimistic and provided they can call on a decent No 1 each week they should by fighting for promotion. Scores: Dan Booth 9-3, 9-2, 9-0; Mike La Band 9-6, 2-9, 4-9, 7-9; Rob Fryer 7-9, 4-9, 4-9; Graham Quick 9-2, 9-7, 6-9, 6-9, 7-9; Rod Barnes 9-7, 9-1, 9-3. If interested in playing squash or racketball, please ring Graham Quick on 629225 or visit www.weston squash.co.uk

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