Frank Lee 2 vs Melbourn 2
Wed 27th November
Melbourn won 16-7
The 2nds made the short trip to Cambridge to take on Frank Lee 2nds; Frank Lee is the onsite Leisure Centre at Addenbrookes Hospital.
First on court were Colm O’Gorman (3) against Simon McNeil and Rich March (5) against David Moran. These were also international encounters, with Colm and David presenting the Emerald Isle, and Simon and Rich playing for Albion.
Colm started well against Simon and, well, continued in that vein. He controlled most rallies, moving his opponent around and then taking the kills on offer. It was a very comprehensive performance, and also a focused one as Colm stayed with the patterns and plan that was working throughout the third, never easing up until victory was secured.
Rich also started well against David, looking the stronger player in rallies. These were quite extended though as David moved and defended well, and this appeared to get under Marchy’s skin; he started to look for kill shots that weren’t on as he cast around for how to hit winners. This… didn’t work, and the first game went the hosts way. A chat after the first game created a new game plan – hit deep, and keep doing so, apply pressure and the errors will come. They did, Rich taking increasing command and becoming increasingly relaxed as he won 3-1.
England 1-1 Ireland overall, but also Frank Lee 0-2 Melbourn.
That fairly quickly became 3-0 to Melbourn, and with it the winning bonus points as Mark Asker (4) saw off Tony Gay in straight games. Mark played it tactically right, using his power and also his size to hold the service line and keep Tony deep. Tony caught him early with a few pinpoint drop shots, but Mark generally commanded the rallies. The final game was tighter, indeed Tony went 13-10 up, but some battling play from Mark (and some lucky crosscourt miss-hits going for winners at key times!) saw that overturned and the match closed out.
Next door, Matt Walker (2) was struggling both with his game and with opponent Nick Balon. Matt came off court pretty frustrated after losing the first, but then got his game of crisp length and volley drop winners going to take the second. However, this was as good as it got as Nick edged the third, which proved to be the decisive game as the home player also took the fourth.
Jan Brynjolffssen (1) ended the evening against Mat Williams. The first game had some nice up and down the wall rallies, and a few good kills. Jan’s only problem was Mat was winning two out of three points! A good start to the second game turned this on it’s head, Jan managing to command the front wall and also hold his shots on the kills. However Mat improved his length thereafter and also got his deadly trickle boasts working, leaving Jan mostly lost and beaten 3-1. Skipper for the evening, he remarkedd “It was our strength in depth that got us the win. Rich played some nice Squash after he got his head around how to approach it, whilst Mark and Colm were solid. Both Matt and I tried hard, but were up against players in form”