Ten men’s teams from our local squash clubs were in North West Counties League action last Thursday – with victories and defeats being equally divided between them.

In Division Two East, Prestbury’s First Team continued its good form by triumphing 4-1 away from home against Alderley Edge 3. Nathan Mayers, Rob Alcock and cousins Paul and Mike Lomas all enjoyed straight-games wins for the visitors, who remain in fourth place.

Bollington’s ‘Firsts’ had overcome the same Alderley side a week previously, but came unstuck at Congleton – losing 5-0 and dropping four positions to ninth.

Bottom side Macclesfield Squash 1 were without a fixture in Division Three South-East, while Prestbury’s ‘Seconds’, in sixth place, received Alderley Edge 4. In spite of 3-1 wins for the hosts by Rick Bower and Stuart Melia, and a spirited fightback from Paul Bartle following a racquet-induced facial injury, Alderley’s Fourth Team ‘edged‘ the contest by the odd match in five.

Bollington 2 got back to winning ways in Division Four South – also against an Alderley side. The ‘Bolly Seconds’ well and truly put the Edge’s Sixth Team to the sword, as Olli Stewart, Malcolm Kendrick, Mark Collins, Aldo Palazzo and Andy Phillips were all victorious in the course of a 5-0 win that takes them up two places to third.

But Prestbury 3’s stuttering start to the Fourth Division campaign carried on, as they hosted Club AZ who claimed the lion’s share of the points with a 5-0 victory.

Division Five South involves an intriguing tussle at the top of the table between Bollington 3 and Prestbury 4 who, for the second week running, cannot be separated in pole position.

Both teams won 5-0 at Prestbury to maintain their respective-title challenges – and there were victories for a number of junior players from each side. Martin Ogden (18), James Walton (15) and Ben Gayne (16) all triumphed for Bollington against Prestbury’s ‘Sixths’. And, in an all-Prestbury encounter, Jonny Murray (14) and Matt English (18) did likewise for the unbeaten Fourth Team who overcame the ‘Fifths’.

And Macclesfield Squash 2 move up to fifth place following a 5-0 win at Grove Park 8 – with Daz Glazer, David Birtwistle, Annika Hall, Jon Stoker and Simon Fisher all securing maximum points.

In the Cheshire Ladies’ League, both Bollington and Prestbury remain in search of a first win after being denied 3-2 at home by, respectively, the teams from Marple Squash Club and Astra Zeneca.

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