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Written by Sport4Salisbury Reporter
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 22:00
LA FITNESS’ first team continue to do well in the Premier Division of the Hampshire League – their latest victory coming against a powerful Portsmouth side headed by National top 20 player Peter Genever.
The Salisbury team lost at number five when club coach Paul Chaplin was unable to convert a 2-1 lead and slipped to a five game loss.
But at number two, Dorset champion Clive Ewins won an excellent bout with Zambian international O’Neill Chilalbwe.
At number four, Jason Pike went down in four hard hitting games to Ryan Jewer, but Wiltshire champion Simon White at number three triumphed in a remarkable match. With 11 points needed for a game and two clear to be scored at ten points all, White beat David Wardle 17-15, 12-10, 15-13 - the closest three-game win seen in the league.
At top string, circuit pro Scott Hanley played a superb match to defeat Genever 3-1, producing some stunning squash for the gallery.
The win enabled LA Fitness, who are supported by Staker Simpson and QA Stamps, to take the contest 3-2.
After an initial loss, the club have notched up four wins in a row and are moving ever closer to the top of the league.
The club’s second team slipped to another defeat in Division One against a full strength Petersfield side.
Only number five John Swain won while Alex Cope and Will Smith went down in straight games.
Wiltshire under 19s number one James Ryan lost a tough battle in four, while Stuart Hardy twisted a knee and had to retire adding to the team’s problems.
They have now won just twice in six outings.
In stark contrast, the club’s thirds are looking good for a tilt at promotion having won six out of seven games.
The team have benefited from having Barry Featherstone, the England over 60s player at the top of the order and Hampshire women’s champion Bev McKay.
They routed Nuffield’s seconds 5-0 - John Swain, Chris Hiles and Colin Cook also winning well.
LA Fitness women’s first team are top of Division One with five wins from five.
The latest being the 5-0 demolition of Winchester II in which the Salisbury girls recorded five perfect 3-0 wins.
Although they have some tough matches still to play, the team of Bev McKay, Stephanie Everard, Chrissie Arrowsmith, Ros Hursell and Jill Hall simply need to keep the pressure on to take the title.
The club’s women’s second team are also top of Division Two having won their first five matches.
But they came down to earth with a bump when they suffered a 5-0 reverse to Nuffield II.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 22:00