Thirds Mean Business

For the trip to Camberley Arena on 19th Sept:

1) Ashley Smith
2) Craig Walton
3) Phil (Silver Fox)
4) Jonny Lowe
5) Adrian P

So the thirds began their second season in division 2 knowing that it was likely to be even tougher than the first, and they started against old rivals Bracknell with whom we have had some mega battles in the past, and more often than not been on the losing side!

However, the early news was encouraging as a number of their first and second team players were absent so just maybe, there was a chance……….

Adrian went on first against Mo – no not that Mo – this guy carried a bit more weight! The warm-up was fairly even but once the first serve had been hammered down and the first point won, Adrian was away – no hanging about and a 3~0 win followed with the loss of 2 points. Just what the doctor ordered, given it was his second match in 2 days! Not bad for the old man of the team.

Jonny had been promoted to 4 and took on “Mr Bracknell” who has been running their teams for many years and has taken many Hart scalps in that time. Jonny’s first match for Hart, and it did not quite go according to plan…. There were some good rallies and the games were quite tight but the difference was that Jonny did not manage to kill the ball often enough, and needs to work on his drop-shot! A 3~0 defeat and the match in the balance.

Silver Fox was back! MY, did he look well! – though he still worried about his swollen ankle. The first game was scrappy, but SF came out on top and the confidence flowed – the second was taken with ease (back in the old rhythm). But then the legs buckled, and a combination of steady play from his opponent & dire shots from SF saw the next 2 games go Bracknell’s way. Could SF up his game? Yes he could! – brain engaged, shot making restored and a 3~2 win for Hart.

Craig had a slow start coming to terms with the pace his opponent was playing at – and lost the first but thereafter it was Craig who applied the pressure and played good quality squash that his opponent was not able to match. And when the pressure became too much with a number of unforced errors, Craig knew he had his man and ran out a comfortable 3~1 winner

Ash was also making his comeback after an enforced Summer lay-off and he was gnashing at the bit to get going. So when he finally got on all the anticipation was translated into some great squash with some sublime rallies. His opponent played his part in an extremely entertaining and high tempo match but after Ash had taken the first 2, it looked a good bet that the outcome was one-sided in Harts favour. Ash lost the third! Apparently down to feeling sick. However only a temporary blip he recovered to take the fourth 9~1.

A fantastic start to the Winter for the third team – 17 points on the board. MoTM Only one candidate – Ash, very impressive – those above him in the order need to watch out!! Ash is back!


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