Squash: Vale avenge Fleetwood defeat


With the Vale first team suffering injuries, players working and seasonal holidays, it was a makeshift team which lined up for the visit of Fleetwood 1 in Division Five North of the North West Counties Squash League on Thursday, January 2.

On court first at No 4, Phil Austin struggled to get any rhythm while his opponent made the best of this and took the match 3-0.

At No 3, Mick Wardle was next up, playing a younger and fitter opponent.

However, Mick brought all his experience to bear and ran out an easy winner 3-1.

Paul Casson was next into battle, moving up to play at No 2 due to the absence of regular players.

Paul quickly found himself 2-0 down but took the third game 9-0. Unfortunately, his opponent steadied in the fourth game and eventually won 3-1.

Vale were now 2-1 down in matches when sexagenarian Derrick Crutchley, who had not played team squash for 18 months, went on court at No 5.

However, he looked surprisingly at home and dominated his younger opponent with drop shots and lobs. His 3-0 win brought the match to two games all.

Shaun Gorry, at No 1 was soon in command, winning the first two games. However, the third game saw him tiring and his opponent triumphed.

In the fourth game, both players were near to exhaustion and the younger Fleetwood player raced to an early lead.

Digging deep, Shaun won the game 10-9 and the match 3-1.

His incredible performance gave Vale a 3-2 match victory, reversing a defeat earlier in the season at Fleetwood.

Vale 2 also triumphed, winning 4-1 away against a team from Lancashire Constabulary - the Division 5 strugglers, Lancon 2.

Adam Holtham at No 1, Alex Tough at No 2 and Rupert Douglas-Jones at five, all triumphed 3-1.

Stuart Featon was a comfortable 3-0 winner at three, while Kevin Olive at four had a battle on his hands, eventually losing 3-2.