Edgbaston Priory (2) vs Stratford 1 (3)
Match Date: 14th December 2015
Prior to the Xmas break Stratford travelled away to table toppers Edgbaston Priory. Finding themselves occupying second spot in the division, the team hoped to pick up some good points to keep them within the promotion spots.
First to take the court was George Owen at number four. With his match play improving with the length of the season, George took the advantage against his opponent taking the ball early, and executing some exact squash to easily set up a good win by three games to nil.
At fifth string, the experienced Rolf Wilson played one of Edgbaston Priory’s top girl players. With his valuable match experience, Wilson executed a near-perfect display to take the match by a similar score-line three games to nil.
Looking to seal an early victory for Stratford, Freddie Milles played some impressive squash at third string. Having been out for most of the first half of the season through injury, Milles appeared to be playing to his capability, taking three very tight games for Stratford and confirming an early victory.
At second string, Simon Kemp played an opponent who he had narrowly beaten in the first half of the season. However, his opponent played a much improved style of squash, taking the ball early and making conditions hard for the Stratford player with some deft touches and accurate lobs. Although being competitive in each game, Kemp eventually went down three games to nil.
Finally at first string, Simon Johns shared the opening two games with his opponent, however an over-strain at the end of the second game saw the Stratford player pull his hamstring muscle. With his mobility impaired and not wanting to risk further injury, Johns succumbed to his opponent three games to one.
Through the early wins of the team, Stratford secured an unlikely victory away from home against the top team, taking into context the team maintains a number players on the injury table. Stratford now top the division going into the Christmas break with the season now over halfway through.