NORTHERN first team travelled to Liverpool University and within two hours had won all five games.
Although Peter Stanton eventually triumphed in his tussle, the rest of the team were in commanding form.
Stanton's drop in form is a major cause for concern for captain Bob Sumner.
Young Harry Vidal – surely a club number one of the future – displayed all the skill of a player far more advanced in years in his convincing victory. Meantime, skipper Sumner, Mick Henderson and Peter Wake all triumphed.
The second team entertained Warrington I at Moor Park, with a welcome return to the team of Ray McGee.
Having spent the last 12 months concentrating on racketball, McGee took time to settle.
After a tough first game, McGee was soon back to his best and won in style.
Although skipper Tom Stevenson and Gary Powell were defeated, wins for Andy Chanter and Jack Riley ensured victory.
The table-topping third team were hosts to Whitby I, and two of the club’s most consistent performers suffered early setbacks.
Captain Cochrane and Dave Cookson were both on the wrong end of 3-1 defeats. However, DJ Salt soon took control of matters and restored some much-needed confidence to the team with an emphatic 3-0 victory.
Col Wightman levelled the match at 2-2. Victory was ensured for the team with Ian Bongos in outstanding form. Bongos has the potential to make it all the way to Northern’s premier team on this performance.
The fourth team, also at home, produced another fine performance. Following captain Col Rogers’s opening defeat, young Amy Barnes won her seventh match in a row and a welcome return of Andy Duncan was met with a usual victory.
Evi Kohl, making her debut for the season, produced performance of the night with a convincing win.
A tricky game for the fifth team was played out at SFX.
Captain Rigsby was first to lose, and there was no joy for the rest of the team.
Dave Draper came closest to winning, but eventually fell short, whilst Andrew Beeston, Col Walker and Steve Kyriacou were no match for their opponents.
A strong sixth team travelled to Wigan, and captain Alex Dalglish was in confident mood.
Debutant John Delamere and Martin Gladwin soon put them into a 2 0 lead, but unfortunately none of the other players could claim the decisive victory. Ade Taiwo and Andrew Allan lost in straight sets, while Jon Fell, an outstanding prospect, eventually lost his match.
Dalglish, although disappointed with the defeat, has cause for optimism after this showing.