Newmarket 2 vs Melbourn 2
Thurs 5th December
Melbourn won 16-10
Melbourn 2nds continued their winning run with an impressive victory away at Newmarket in the Cambs Div 4 Winter League.
First on court was Mark Asker (4) who wasted no time in overpowering opponent Jonathan Middleton, who had no real answer to his powerplay. Mark took the opener in no time at all as his depth repeatedly caught Jonathan trying to get forward. A brief period where Mark lost his way made the second closer, but it was back to fully focused in the third which was the most rapid of the lot as Mark closed it a swift 3-0 win.
Meanwhile, the match on the other court was to prove a marathon event for Colm O’Gorman (3). However, it hadn’t looked like being so as he cruised through the first and then built a 13-10 lead in the second. A serve out at that point seemed to unsettle Colm though, and he let opponent Oliver Pynn off the hook to level. Colm was back on it in the third, winning the game 15-7 but then went totally AWOL in the fourth and lost it 15-4! Weird. He re-established himself in the decider, but by now Oliver had something to fight for; it became a battle with both players stringing runs of points together. Colm left his a bit too late though, and lost the final game 12-15 and the match 2-3.
Roger Woodfield (5) started strongly and quickly took the first game 15-4. Then his opponent Connor Ryan, started to get into the game but could not prevent Roger building a 2-0 lead. This all changed in the third game when Connor stormed to a 12-0 lead, Roger responded but could not prevent his opponent winning the game 15-8. The fourth game was also lost to an increasingly confident player who seemed to chase down whatever the Roger could muster. With the score now 2-2, Connor player continued to apply pressure and was leading 6-2 when Roger finally found his rhythm again and was able to secure points often with some tight drop shots. He held on and won the final game 15-12 and the match 3-2.
Matt Walker (2) just managed to take the first game 16-14 but then lost confidence and lost the next two games to a very steady and consistent player, Mark Childs, who was making few mistakes. Matt then stepped up and started to compete and play his trademark shots more effectively. Having levelled the score at 2-2, Matt then played some wonderful squash, consistently outplaying his opponent. He confidently took the final game 15-9 and the match 3-2.
This left Jan Brynjolffssen (1) to take on a particularly tough opponent in james Fitzpatrick. Jan found it very hard to break down his opponent’s game and lost the first game in the blink of an eye. Responding well in the second game, Jan could not prevent his opponent taking it and then racing straight through the third as he lost 0-3 to a player in fine form.
Skipper Roger said “This was a particularly impressive win against an in-form team who have lost only 2 matches so far. Winning 2 of the 3 strings which finished up at 3-2 made all the difference. We are now third in the league table and well placed to challenge for promotion after Christmas”