ALL but one of the Northern Squash Club teams were in action last week with just the Premier Division outfit having a week off.
Such was the shortage of players available, three players marked their debuts – and each one of them recorded a victory.
The second team entertained University Staff at Moor Park, with captain Gary Powell leading by example with an emphatic win.
Further victories followed for Andy Chanter, Heather Tweedle and Dave Cookson, but performance of the night went to Mark Redman.
Having gone nearly two years without victory at this level, he produced a red hot performance to overcome his opponents and ensure maximum points for the team. By the end of the match Redman was glowing with pride.
The table-topping third team travelled to Village Worrall, and within an hour had suffered surprise defeats for Harry Vidal and skipper Graham Lynch.
Although Darren Cochrane and DJ Salt managed to level the match, Jack Riley suffered his first defeat of the season to ensure the home team grabbed an unexpected victory.
Team performance of the night went to the fourths. Hosting a formidable West Lancs first team, early signs were far from encouraging as both Col Rogers and Col Wightman suffered defeat.
Amy Barnes led the fightback, however, and recorded her sixth win on the run. Then Andy Duncan, making a welcome return, levelled the match.
It was left to Ricky Loll, returning after a serious injury that had kept him sidelined for two months, to claim the vital victory for the team, coming from 2-0 down, to win 10-9 in the final set.
What looked like a tough fixture at Liverpool Cricket Club proved to be just that for captain Rigby’s fifth team.
Rigby couldn’t reproduce his heroics from the previous week and soon lost 3-0.
Straight sets defeats followed for Ade Taiwan, Andrew Allan and Andrew Beeston before Dave Draper, making his debut for the season, produced a thrilling display to claim three consolation points.
Finally, back at Moor Park, captain Alex Dalglish’s sixth team took on Woolston fourths.
A great start from Martin Gladwin, disposing his opponent for the loss of just one point, continued with a first win of the season for Fred Wenger.
A close five set defeat then followed for number one player, Colin Walker.
Skipper Dalglish then handed out debuts to both Martin McEwan and Jon Fell and neither player let their captain down.
McEwan won his match in four sets, while Fell eventually prevailed 9-7 in the fifth set, showing great determination in the process.
Captain Dalglish, although thrilled with the performance from his two latest players, realises it will be difficult for him to regain his position in the team following a prolonged absence through injury.