IN the second round of the Watkinson Trophy 32 teams are left battling in the biggest and most prestigious cup competition in the ‘Master Lock & Safe’ Southport And District Badminton League.
The big attraction seemed to come from defending champions Woodvale 6 as they took on the newest team in the league Crosby.
After starting from the bottom, it is clear for many to see that Crosby are likely to achieve more than just the one promotion. Many were fascinated to see this result as a fifth division could be a good match for them and give an idea of where the newcomers will eventually end up.
Despite not putting up their strongest side Woodvale 6 cruised to victory in the majority of their matches to give them a good enough cap that they believe will see them through. However some of Woodvale’s top pairs were pushed to the brink in their matches, Crosby managed to edge victory in some to give them a chance of victory.
The handicap was not enough as despite Crosby’s 32-point advantage they lost the match 391-333.
While Woodvale 6 continue to plan for back-to-back titles, three more Woodvale sides have joined them in the last 16.
Their unbeatable first team came through in tough contests against Victoria Hall 398-333 and the second team edged an inter-club battle over their fourth team 399-389.
The final bit of Woodvale action came from the seventh team as they used up every bit of their handicap to defeat Formby 2 393-392.
Another club with a good recent record in the Watkinson Trophy is Formby Methodist and their first team is keeping their name involved. The fourth division side managed to overcome the test of Southport 5 and the handicap to end as winners 384-355.