Squash: Lower order play their part to maintain pole position

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Victory for Vale 1 was built this week on the efforts of the lower order players who set the tone for the team’s performance in Division Five North of the North West Counties Squash League.

Stuart Featon, first on court at number five, won 3-0 but it required a typically gritty display to see off his Longridge opponent .

Stuart took the first game 15-9, the second 15-11 but battled to win the third 17-15.

Shaun Gorry won 3-0 but Dave Jewitt found himself two games to love down before rallying to take the next three.

Adam Holtham at number two dropped his regulation one game before crushing to victory, maintaining his unbeaten record.

Jeremy Stopford at number one notched up another 3-0 win to keep his unblemished record, too.

Vale 1 kept their lead over Preston Grasshoppers 6 as the season draws to a close.

In another close fought battle, Vale 2 emerged victorious away against Lancon 2, taking the fixture 3-2 from the “boys in blue”.

A notable performance came from Joe Hopkinson at No3. He took a 2-1 lead before being pegged back to 2-2. But the effort in the fourth game drained his opponent and Joe ran out an easy winner in the fifth game to secure a 3-2 win.

John Harker at No1 had a similarly close battle but lost 3-2 overall in a see-saw contest. He lost the first, won the second, lost the third, won the fourth but the struggle proved too much in the fifth.

Teenager Max Castaldi continued to build his match-winning experience, taking victory 3-1 at No2.

Rupert Douglas-Jones at four saw off his opponent 3-0.