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SSC Team I Vs Middleton IV – 16th October
The first two games of this weeks fixture against a newly promoted Middleton side started off all square as the number four and five strings won and lost respectively. In and playing at short notice at number five (in place of a sickly Ryan Buck) was stalwart Paul Rolland, starting off strongly, Paul took the first game but despite heroic efforts lost the next three. Meanwhile an unstoppable Simon Corby at four managed to disrupt his far more youthful opponent and with barely concealed passion and gritty determination took the rubber 3 – 0. (A victory that may just win him a place in the next match). Playing in his new position at number three, a slightly slow start from Mike Van Der Weyden was in evidence as he lost the first game 9-1. However sound advice from a team mate put him back in control after he was told to “just play better” , this, he managed to achieve running out as the winner 3-1. Second string Nathan Miller purely and simply took his opponent apart, winning the match for the loss of only two points It has to be said that the game was probably won in the bar beforehand. So with the match score at 3-1 and victory in the bag. Our new number one, Peter Flint went on court and carried out a clinical dissection of his opponent. Again conceeding only a couple of points throughout the entire match, victory over the South coasters was complete- and as usual dancing in the streets of Storrington ensued.
SSC Team I Vs Crawley Squash Club I – 4th September 2012
Andrew Rolland was first on in the fifth string position, and hopes were high as he battled to an early two-nil lead, unfortunately for Storrington the Crawley No.5, Fahad Rana, recovered to take the remaining three games and the match.
Fourth string, Ryan Buck, was next up against Neil Hide. Ryan gave his all as usual, but to no avail, Neil pulled ahead in all three games and ultimately left a spent Ryan puffing in the car-park.
So with two matches down a quietly confident Sean Goring took to the court and with a nine-zero win in the first game took his opponent Chris Sexton apart. The remaining two games also went to the Storrington player and so the scores finally began to head in the right direction.
Next on at No.2 was Mike Van der Weyden against Martin Walsh, this was the match that Crawley had to win to take the fixture. Mike did struggle to find form in the early couple of games but the remaining two were taken to give him a fairly comfortable three one win.
So with the scores level on two apiece, our No.1 and match saver Nathan Miller strode onto the court and gave the Crawley No.1 Neil Williams nothing to work with, a fairly easy and controlled win was only slightly upset by a terrific fight back by Neil in the third game, but ultimately it was futile as Nathan slammed the door shut to win 10-8.
SSC Team II Vs West Worthing IV – 11th September 2012
Squash match vs West Worthing on 11th September In an eagerly anticipated first match of the season for the 2nd team, early hopes were raised by a titanic struggle between Perry and his opponent Martin. Appearing out of sorts in losing the first two sets, Perry found the inspiration to claw his way back into contention. At two sets all the match momentum seemed to swing back and forth with both men taking longer and longer respites to regain their breath. Perry showed the fortitude to prevail in what will be remembered as an epic duel. Meanwhile Andrew Rolland got off to a blazing start winning the first set. In an absorbing battle of styles, Andrew’s buccaneering shot play was gradually picked off by the more experienced West Worthing 3rd string but went down fighting 3:1. Andrew Banks, Paul Rolland and Alan Rutland were never at the races, all going down 3:0. Serious questions must now be asked of the both the team’s selection policy and why the team’s inspirational but non-playing captain, Paul Kearsley, could not participate. A radical change is surely on the cards for the next match encounter?