WITH just six matches left of the season, three of the Northern Club squash teams are fighting it out for promotion.
The first, third and sixth outfits are all well placed in their bids to ensure a successful climax to the 2012-13 campaign.
The first team entertained SFX thirds and wasted no time completing a 5-0 whitewash.
Straight set victories for Alex Kitten and Peter Stanton were followed by a victory for Jack Riley who was making his first team debut.
Tommy Bugle, fresh from winning the Merseyside Over-55 Tournament, also won comfortably.
Cause for concern for captain Lewis Sumner seems to be his own dip in form.
Playing lower down the order, Sumner struggled through his match eventually winning in five sets. This victory leaves the gap at the top to just one point.
The second team travelled to SFX seconds and were just edged out in a tight match.
Gary Powell led the way with a devastating performance, demonstrating his whole array of match-winning shots.
Harry Vidal put the visitors further ahead with a straight sets victory.
However, the third and decisive victory did not come as Mick Henderson, Heather Tweedle and Andy Chanter all lost in straight sets.
The third team extended their lead at the top of the table to a massive 35 points after a 4-1 victory at New Brighton thirds.
Mark Redman, Jason Berbatov, Darren Cochrane and Graham Lynch all won comfortably.
However, a 5-0 victory was denied as DJ Salt found himself on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline. This defeat is a setback for Salt who had been making great progress with his game.
The fourth team made the short journey to Formby firsts for a derby match.
An early defeat for Dave Cookson was followed by wins for Cat Cunningham, Amy Barnes and Colin Rogers. Dave Draper was unfortunate as he lost 3-1.
The fifth team were no match for Central Fitness as they suffered a heavy loss. Captain Steve Rigsby, usually so reliable on a match night, lost the opening match, and losses soon followed for Andrew Allan, Steve Kyriacou and Colin Walker. Andrew Beeston was unfortunate as he lost a close five setter.
The sixth team, now lying in third place and closing the gap on the top two, made it six wins from six games. Captain Dalglish just can't find a place for himself in the team at the moment. Ade Taiwo, who has improved immensely following coaching sessions from the Club Captain, again won in straight sets, as did John Delamere and Martin Gladwin. Further victories followed for Ricky Lall and Martin McEwan to ensure maximum points. On this form, Dalglishs' Team look unstoppable and must surely now be in with a chance of promotion.
As the season draws nearer to its conclusion, the Annual Club Tournaments will soon take place, with the Finals Night being played out mid - March, so all players are encouraged to enter.INTRO