Watton put on spirited display

Watton Squash Club's first team finally made an attempt to get out of the Division One relegation places with a spirited performance at Barnham Broom. Paul Goodchild stepping up from the second team won 3-0 in straight games.

Watton Squash Club's first team finally made an attempt to get out of the Division One relegation places with a spirited performance at Barnham Broom. Paul Goodchild stepping up from the second team won 3-0 in straight games.

Vince Somers and Ian Thompson also followed this up with 3-0 straight game wins. Jonathan Pearson went down 3-1 and First string Howling did well to nick a game but lost 3-1.

Overall though a welcome 15-6 victory for Watton with their fate still in their own hands.

Leaders Watton II travelled to second placed East Anglia hoping to cement their grip on the Division Three title. Bobby Hunt put up a good fight despite carrying a calf injury. He lost the first 9-4 and a tight second 10-8 but rallied to take the third 9-4. The effort took its toll and Bobby lost the next 9-3 to go down 3-1,


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First string Paul Goodchild was merciless in a 9-0 9-3 9-2 straight game win. Glyn Long making his season debut lost the first two games 9-0 9-3 before fighting back to steal the third 10-9.

Thereafter he faded losing the next 9-0 to go down 3-1. Kevin Blake won a hard first 9-7. He was 8-3 up in the next but somehow let it slip 10-8. The next also went 9-5 before he regained the initiative to take the fourth 9-1.

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The decider was closer but Kev came through 9-5 to win 3-2. Dev Mahatme was out of sorts losing the first two 9-6 9-1. Dev then fought back to take the third 9-3 and the fourth 9-1.

Dev seemed in total control at 4-0 up in the decider but his opponent fought back to level. It was nip and tuck before Dev eventually edged it 10-8 to win 3-2 and also seal the team victory for Watton.

Overall a 16-10 win.

A few results and matches are to come in but it looks promising for Watton's title bid.

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