YPL Match report. Chapel A v Heaton.
18th Mar 2016
LAST HOME GAME 2016 v HEATON. 16.3.16.
- EDDIE CHARLTON v STUART MACGREGOR
17 year old MacGregor had had to move up to the dizzy heights of No1 tonight following the withdrawal of Julian Tomlinson due to illness. It was a good chance to gain some experience against an experienced player though. Eddie had to work hard to win the first in a tiebreak 13/11 mainly due to some uncharacteristic errors and good chasing from SM. Eddie as usual made his opponent twist and turn with his deceptive holds and flicks but at times he perhaps could be more clinical. The gulf in standard was plain to see and the 3/0 result was inevitable.
- JENNY DUNCALF v MATTY POWELL.
Good crowd draw former world no2 Jenny, not many seats left, and Leeds University student and resident scouser also helped by bringing a small fan club! Jenny was the more accurate as expected and played some breathtaking squash in the first to dominate 11-7. Matty is quite gutsy and didn’t want to disappoint the fan club so he stuck in well and made things difficult but Jenny’s clinical finishing coupled with her experience was enough to finish the next two off 11-8, 11-8.
- SIMON PARKE v ISAAC RAWCLIFFE.
As you can see by the photo, my 18 year old opponent was a 6 foot 5 giant, and i’d never come across him before so didn’t really know what to expect. I was a little fatigued from playing our own Nafizwan Adnan in PSL the night before but it was no excuse as i struggled to find my rhythm against the confident Rawcliffe. I managed to squeeze the first but in the second i started to feel something in my glute which made me nervous so lost 11-1. After a while i realised it wasn’t so bad and i could push through which i managed to do going 2-1 up. Rawcliffe was a fighter as well as quite a good volleyer though and inevitably it went to a decider. Thankfully this was my best game as I got my act together and closed it out 11-8 in the 5th!
5 ADAM WELSTEAD v DARREN KING
Both lefties these two and the first i have to say was a little scrappy but Adam managing to tidy up just enough to take the first 11-9. King will keep pushing and walloping the ball around quite randomly which is quite difficult to deal with at a high pace and this is precisely what happened in the second King taking it 11-6. The third was the crucial game for both in order to take that lead, and it was difficult to predict throughout, but eventually it was Adam’s superior ball control and tactics that sneaked it 11-9. The loss of the third seemed to effect King more and his head went down a little which gave Adam the confidence to stride through like a lion catching his prey 11-5.
4 DOM HAMILTON v PHIL BOWKER
Quite a strange first game with neither player wanting to rally or dominate. Bowker looked more tired though after a long season as Dom was the more accurate taking the Heaton man into all four corners of court 6. The match continued in the same vein really as Dom started to dominate a little more, displaying his natural talent and elasticity, and Bowker began to fade. 3/0 to Dom.
CHAPEL A BEAT HEATON 5-0 (20-3)
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