Court drama at Okehampton squash
OKEHAMPTON squash teams enjoyed contrasting fortunes in the latest round of matches in the Devon Squash League.
The week started with the second team hosting Exeter University. At string 5 Sue Stanbury played well, using her boast shot to good effect, but eventually went down to the younger opponent 0-3 after a number of tight games.
At string 4 Dave Harwood came up against a hard hitting opponent who had too much in his locker - Dave going down 0-3. There was a similar scoreline in Stuart Lord’s match at string 3. At string 2, Shane Vallance enjoyed a long battle in his match, coming out 3-2, while at string 1 Shawn Jones was on the wrong side of a 2-3 reverse. It meant a 19-5 loss for the team, which leaves them near the bottom of the table in division four.
Later in the week the first team also needed a much needed victory to move away from the bottom in division three. Both Shane Vallance and Shawn Jones played up from the second team and both enjoyed 3-0 wins to set the team off on a good start.
Whilst Justin Gliddon went down 0-3 at string 3, Phil Allin recovered from a slow start against a tricky opponent to win his string 2 match, 3-1. Phil Kemsley finished off the victory with a solid 3-0 win, Phil utilising his game to good effect.
This was a morale-boosting 17-4 win for the first team in their quest to finish the season strongly.
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