After a break last week due to half term, Knutsford Squash Club were back in action, albeit with a couple of teams without fixtures due to scheduling irregularities.
The men’s first team were up against the always strong Alderley Edge Seconds. A fantastic 3-0 win for Simon Morrison at #4 and a battling 3-2 win for the ever-improving Charles Keeble at #1 had the match poised at 2-2 going into the final game. Debutant Tony Beardwood was up against a player ranked far above him and as the match progressed, it was clear it was going to be a long one… By around 22:30, it was 2-2 in games and Beardwood managed to gradually grind down his opponent, forcing uncharacteristic errors and took the fifth game 11-9, ensuring the first team got the win (their fourth of the season) to rapacious applause from the audience. Knutsford firsts are within touching distance of a number of teams in the bottom half of the division and one or two good wins could well ensure survival – it promises to be an exciting last quarter of the season.
Elsewhere, the seconds had a close loss against Alderley Edge Fourths, with good wins for Ewen Macdonald at #1 and Mark Strefford at #4. After being 1-0 up in games, Andy Ryder suffered a nasty Achilles tendon injury and was forced to withdraw – sadly, this meant that the seconds slumped to an 18-10 reversal, but they are still comfortably in second place in Division 3 South East – promotion high on their minds. The third team were on the end of a walloping at the hands of yet another Alderley Edge team, their sixths – Neil Howarth ground out an excellent 3-0 at #2 against a notoriously tricky oppo, but the team suffered a heavy loss overall. The fifths and sixths also had a tough night of it, but Dave Ahearn pulled out an excellent 3-1 victory for the sixths in a tough night at the bottom end.
Attached photo is hero of the moment Tony Beardwood, moments after clinching the match for the first team versus Alderley Edge Seconds.