Squash: Derby battle to open new season

Vale of Lune’s squash teams battled out the first of their seasonal derby matches on home ground with the second string going down four matches to one.

The Vale 1st team opened their account for the new season in Div 5 North of the North West Counties League.

Captain Stuart Featon at No 5 took on Vale 2nd’s veteran Steve Thompson and youth overcame experience as Thommo was defeated 15-8, 15-9, 15-7.

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The best game of the night was between the No 4s as Vale 1st’s Shaun Gorry took on 14-year-old Max Castaldi. The match see-sawed between the two with Shaun emerging victorious 3-2.

The No1s also put on a tremendous show with Rupert Douglas-Jones for the second team displaying his developing skills against Jeremy Stopford despite losing 3-0.

The No2s also demonstrated the skills and fitness required even at this level of the squash world, Adam Holtham winning 3-0 for the first team against juniors coach Rob Kitchen.

Dave Jewitt at three also displayed a higher level of skills against the second team’s relative newcomer Kevin Olive, winning 3-0.

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