Whilst the Spencer Club Captain Alex MacKinnon lay in the bright sunshine of Budapest, Spencer Club 1 travelled the short distance to Wimbledon in a tense and exciting local derby. Looking to build upon a great start to the season, Spencer 1 had everything to play for.
Pumped up for the match, Wimbledon Racquets fielded their strongest team of the season and battled hard against a confident Spencer Club 1 line-up comprising Dan, Niall, Richard, Mike and Paul.
First up was Mike at 4th string who had a tough match against an awkward player and suffered a heavy defeat in the second despite a 9/3 in the first set. Looking in trouble at 3/7 in the third, Mike somehow pulled off some great shots to steal the set 9/7. As the fourth game slowly progressed towards crunch time, Mike suddenly looked around the court to try and find a suitable place to be sick – a consequence of fitness levels similar to that of Alex MacKinnon. Not able to find a suitable location in time, Mike hit a couple of clinical shots and rounded off a very impressive 3-1 victory.
Meanwhile Niall played at 2nd string in a match that seemed to take forever, with both players keen to avoid hitting any winning shots in order to ensure that each rally had at least 40 shots in it. Niall lost the first 9/8 (his normal one point tactic failing to pay-off for a change!). By my recollection, this is the first set he has ever dropped for the Spencer Club Squash Centre of Excellence first team, which is a fantastic effort. Niall managed to hurt his opponent’s fitness levels in the second and continued by controlling the last three sets to claim a 3-1 win.
Dan then went on court at 1st string against Wimbledon Captain Tania and stormed to a 3-0 (27/8) victory, claiming the Alex MacKinnon award for least number of points dropped on the night.
Richard, meanwhile, played a long but well-controlled match at 3rd string in which there was some very good squash and long rallies. Richard never really gave his opponent a change of winning, despite winding down a bit in the third set, and ended a comfortable 3-0 victory in time to enjoy Paul’s match!
Paul, up at fifth string playing his fourth match of the season, lost the first 9/4 before crushing his opponent 9/1, 9/1 in the next two. Looking certainly to wrap up victory in the fourth, Paul struggled with both his shots and fitness levels and went down 9/3. Up for the fifth set and with the pressure of the balcony, the first five minutes were tense and pretty tight until Paul edged ahead and claimed a fantastic 9/4 win in the fifth for an impressive 3-2 victory.
Overall, this was an extremely tight game against a strong Wimbledon team who will beat most other sides in that division with that line-up. Several of the games were pretty tight and both Mike and Paul’s games could have gone either way but both battled incredibly well to turn their matches into vital wins. These points will be vital in the second half of the season and put us in a really strong position. Well played all – results and geek sheet attached.
After five matches, Spencer have 93 out of 95 points. As news spread of David Lloyd Hampton’s heavy defeat against St George’s Hill, journalists soon calculated that Spencer are now 11 points clear at the top of the league with a game in hand. Note that we haven’t yet played either of the top two teams as we play them both in our next two matches. These matches are vital and we can’t afford to slip up. Forthcoming matches:
- St George’s Hill – Weds 25/11 Home
- David Lloyd Hampton – Mon 30/11 Away
See you all soonWellsy