Squash: Vale knocked off top spot after defeat to Thornton

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Vale of Lune’s squash teams racked up another double in their latest outings on court but this week they were not celebrating victories but reeling from defeats.

Vale 1 lost their newly-gained top spot in the North West Counties Squash League Division Four North to their closest rivals, YMCA Thornton 1, suffering a 4-1 defeat at home.

The first three players on court, Mathew George, Dave Jewitt and Shaun Gorry all went down 3-1 to their respective opponents. Andy Haines, playing at number two, also lost but only after a see-saw game in which he was at one stage 2-1 up. John Lambert at number one comfortably took the team’s only victory.

Seventh-placed Vale 2 faced Division Five North leaders Blackpool Cricket Club 4 away and lost a close encounter 3-2. Joe Hopkinson at number three went two games up but endured a nail-biting encounter as his opponent clawed it back to 2-2, Joe finally triumphing 15-13 in the decider.

Chris Halldearn at number five scored the side’s only other victory, winning 3-1.

John Harker at four lost 3-1, while Stuart Featon at two and Max Castaldi at one, each suffered 3-0 defeats.