STRATFORD exacted revenge on hosts Edgbaston Priory 3rds with a 3-2 victory which leaves them sitting top of Warwickshire League Division Two.
Having narrowly lost to these opponents in the first half of the season, Stratford made amends with a hard fought success which keeps them ahead of their rivals who are in hot pursuit.
With the top two assured of promotion, Stratford will be hoping for a convincing win in their next encounter when they welcome Cleaver to Swans Nest Lane.
Hoping to continue his unbeaten run this season, Stratford’s fifth string Rolf Wilson found himself competing against an opponent who would test his form.
Unfortunately, Wilson was unable to execute his style of play on his opponent, losing 3-0 in competitive fashion.
Making only his second appearance of the season having dedicated his time to captaining Stratford’s men’s hockey first team, Alex Byrd graced the court against an opponent who had only lost twice this season.
Having not played regular squash for a year, this was to be a stern test of Byrd’s skills with a racket rather than a hockey stick.
Byrd and his opponent battled hard in an incredibly close match and, with the score level at 2-2, it was Byrd who took control in the deciding game, winning crucial points to secure a victory for Stratford and level the tie at 1-1.
Due to injuries and missing players, George Owen was promoted up to third string for this fixture.
The match highlighted two contrasting styles as the agility and athleticism of Owen was pitted against the shot-making of his opponent.
Owen’s tactic of tiring his opponent was proving effective until the fourth game when, due to some unforced errors, his opponent managed to pull away and win the third string tie.
Having delivered a match-winning performance the previous week, Simon Kemp continued his fine form as he ground his opponent down with some excellent squash and achieved a 3-0 win to level the fixture at 2-2.
The pressure was on Stratford’s captain and first string Simon Johns to win the decider and achieve victory for the visitors.
Playing one of Edgbaston Priory’s top female professional players, Johns narrowly found himself a game down.
However, changing his tactics in the second game, Johns flipped the direction of the match in his favour to take the next three games and secure a 3-2 team win for Stratford.
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