Melbourn II vs Peterborough IV
Mon 26th February
Melbourn lost 18-10
Lying 3rd in Cambs Div 4 Melbourn entertained Peterborough IV who were in 2nd place, so a very competitive match was in prospect.
Melbourn started well with Rich March (5) taking a commanding 2-0 lead in his game with Pierre Caruso, only to be halted by a very experienced player who systematically fought back to take the next 3 games to win 3-2. On the other court Colm O’Gorman (4) also started strongly and went ahead 2-1 against Jack Wright, but, in a very entertaining match, was pegged back to lose 2-3.
Playing at string 2 Gareth Jones kept Melbourn in the match by playing some convincing match squash against a strong opponent in Sean Michalson. Gareth played the long rallies well and kept Sean under consistent pressure and took the match 3-1.
Mark Asker (3) found himself up against Matt Morgan who was able to deal with Mark’s big hitting and put Mark under enormous pressure with some tactically strong squash. Although Mark took the first game, he always seemed to be chasing his opponent. To his credit, Mark came back to level the score at 2-2 but was unable to take the fifth game and lost 2-3.
With the match now lost, it was down to Matt Walker (1) to take as many points as possible from his match. Matt didn’t start well and lost the first game 10-15 but fought back to win the second game to level the score. But, by this time, Matt had developed tennis elbow, the scourge of squash players, and found it difficult to compete against a very strong player in Neil Needham and eventually lost 1-3.
Skipper Roger Woodfield said ‘we started well and early on it looked as though we would be well placed to win this match. But losing three strings 2-3 was a big setback which we obviously couldn’t recover from. On the positive side we took 10 points from this match which will keep us in 3rd place in the league’