Melbourn 2 vs Frank Lee 2
Mon 9th March
Melbourn won 18-4
With just 2 games to go in this campaign Melbourn 2nds needed a good win and that’s exactly what we achieved against a strong Frank Lee team.
Mark Asker (4) opened proceedings against Tony Gay, who is well known to many players in the club [ed – his company services our courts!]. Tony initially struggled against the pugnacious Melbourn player, who comfortably took the first game. However the Frank Lee player then slowed the game down and played a variety of excellent drops and boasts which unsettled Mark. With the score now level at 1-1, it looked as though it was going to be a long match but Mark upped the pace and, more importantly, the accuracy to take the third game. The fourth game was different again with Tony racing to an 8-0 lead. To his credit, the Mark really dug in and clawed the score back to 9-13 but the Tony wasn’t giving up and moved to 14-9. A tremendous burst of energy saw Mark refuse to let the ball die during the game balls. He was also playing inch perfect counter-drops, notably the one at 13-14 that was greeted with a fist pump. Mark continued his momentum to make it 7 points in a row to win the game 16-14 and the match 3-1.
Colm O’Gorman (5) started slowly and struggled to get any rhythm at all against fellow Irishman David Moran, but still just managed to win the first game 16-14. Colm had an awful start to the second game and soon found himself 7-14 down. Fortunately, he recovered and, against the odds, won the next 9 points to win 16-14. At last, in the third game, the Melbourn player started to play some good squash and he steadily demolished David to comfortably win the third game and the match 3-0.
Gareth Jones (3) was confronted by another player from the Emerald Isle, Paul Leonard showing himself to be very quick and skilful player who never gave up the chase for any ball. Gareth needed determination and application to just keep ahead of his opponent and showed it despite some of his trademark inconsistencies. He won the first 2 games 15-12 and then started to play some of his best squash in the third, excellent and above all consistent to prevent Paul having any chance at all of coming back into the match. Gareth won the third game 15-10 and the match 3-0.
Matt Walker (2) was pitched against Dan Foster, who was in blistering form and surged ahead to 14-11 in the first game with some very powerful shots. Matt pulled it back to 13-14 and was unlucky to lose the first game 13-15. The second game followed the same pattern, Dan being comfortably ahead at 13-9. A superb effort from Matt saw the score levelled at 14-14 and then advanced to 16-14 in favour of the Melbourn player who thoroughly deserved to win it. Dan then piled on the pressure with some brilliant squash and dominated the third game to win it. Once again, Matt fought back in the fourth game but could not match the superb squash being produced by the Frank Lee player who took the match 3-1.
Jan Brynjolffssen (1) needed to play well against Mat Williams, who had beaten him in the first half of this campaign. The Frank Lee player started well and moved to a 10-6 lead. Some excellent squash from Jan resulted in him winning the next 7 points. Mat pulled the score back to 13-14 but the Jan won the next rally and the game 15-13. With Jan’s confidence growing all the time, he took charge of the second game with a full range of winning shots which clearly deflated Mat. Having convincingly won the second game 15-7, Jan kept the pressure on and continued to produce some highly impressive squash in the third game. As a result, he never lost the lead in the third and won it 15-11 and the match 3-0, a most impressive performance.
Team Captain Roger Woodfield said “We were under a lot of pressure to win this match and everyone stepped up to deliver this excellent result. In particular, Jan played brilliantly to win 3-0 against a very good player, easily his best performance of this campaign coming at a time when we really needed it. With just one match left, we are very well placed to challenge for promotion.”