Squash: Vale move closer to league title


Vale of Lune Squash first team kept their noses ahead of rugby club rivals Preston Grasshoppers 6 at the top of Div 5 North of the North West Counties League with victory over mid-table St Annes 3.

With four matches to go this season, Vale maintain an 18-point lead but will face their title rivals at home in the final match which will provide a thrilling climax to the league.

Vale featured a re-shuffled team with teenager Max Castaldi stepping up from Vale 2 to play at No 5 and Dave Jewitt returning at No 3.

Max scored a notable 3-1 win and the ever-reliable DJ went through 3-0.

Stuart Featon at No 4 suffered a 3-1 reverse but Adam Holtham at two and Jeremy Stopford at one, each won 3-0, maintaining once again, their season-long unbeaten records.

Vale 2 lost 3-2 to Fleetwood 4.

Andy Haines at one went through 3-0 while Rob Kitchen at two dropped one game before seeing off his opponent.

The match saw the debut of another teenager who has had coaching at the Vale, Harry Douglas-Jones.

The 14-year-old put up a brave performance in what can be an intimidating atmosphere but ran his opponent close before losing 3-0.