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Match report - Nuffield West Byfleet 2 vs. Spencer Club 1 - 13/05/10

posted 1 Jul 2010, 03:38 by Dan Wells   [ updated 1 Jul 2010, 03:42 ]

A tough match for the Spencer boys against one of the more successful teams in the league so far!


Spencer 1 squash club travelled from Earlsfield  South West  London to West Byfleet hoping to build upon their squash centre of excellence Monday night training sessions and their recent Squashathon led by Squash Great Britain Coach Graeme Williams.  Most of you know Graeme, who is a squash professional in charge of running the squash youth development of elite squash players in South West London and who has provided lots of squash coaching sessions to us over the years.  Many thanks to Graeme who helped us raise over £2,000 during the 24-hour event and a fantastic achievement!


The Spencer Squash Club first team fielded a team of Adam, Dan, Niall and Richard in a bid to enhance their reputation as a leading South West London squash team, playing within the Surrey Squash County leagues.  As always, the pre-match build-up started with the opposition admiring the cheap squash membership fees at Spencer Squash Club when compared to their own club prices and the fact that we have new squash courts in London which is rare these days...!


First up was Richard who thumped his opponent 3-0 at fourth string and played some very good squash along the way.  Well played Richard!


Next up was Dan at second string who found himself 7-5 down in the first set when unfortunately his opponent Phil injured his groin lunging for a drop shot and had to retire.  A real shame for Phil and it would have been an interesting match had it continued.  Due to the injury, Spencer were awarded a 3-0 victory.


As things started to look good for Spencer, Niall went on a third string and played a good game apart from on the key points, going down 9-8, 9-8, 9-6 in one of the closest 3-0 victories you are likely to see!  Unfortunately Niall’s tactic of calling set one at 8-8 in both the first two sets did not work on this occasion!


Then over to Adam against a very strong opponent on an extremely warm and humid court!  Adam went 2-0 down and then experienced an emergency meeting with the Spencer squash team who made it clear to him that we needed one set to win on count-back.  This didn’t look overly likely at the time, however suddenly Adam forgot about any fitness issues and thumped his opponent to a 7-0 lead, hanging onto a great 9-7 win in the third.  Adam wasn’t finished at this point and then also took the fourth with some great shots before the inevitable happened in the fifth set.  A 3-2 defeat but in many ways a great result which gained us two sets plus a win on count-back!


So overall, a 9-6 victory to Spencer and maintaining our early 100% record and top of the table after two games.  Well played all and looks like we will have some hard matches this season so see you all at training on Monday night!!!