SQUASH: Quartet shine as Spalding surge further ahead

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Red-hot Spalding Squash and Racketball Club 2nd team delivered another resounding victory in the Peterborough District Squash League to move further clear at the top of Division One.

Steve Hodgson got proceedings off to a great start, producing a dazzling display of controlled squash.

He was lobbing and then dropping his opponent with such incredible accuracy it seemed like he had sights on his racket. Turning on the style, he finally polished things off with an emphatic 3-0 victory.

Team-mate Gary Slator looked initially out of sorts as he approached his match, quickly going 2-0 down to a very tricky opponent whose ability to play the ball off the frame seemed 
almost inhuman.

But as he entered the third game he found his steely composure, displaying a gritty and dogged determination rarely seen on a squash court, and gradually began to dictate the pace of the game.

He eventually imposed his authority on the match and battled back to win 3-2.

It was much more straightforward for Ben Smith, who won a comfortable 3-0 scoreline.

Then, with the overall match already won, Martin Pettitt produced the icing on the cake with a stylish display of attacking and controlled squash, closing things out at 3-0.

Sadly a below-par Mark Smith was unable to round the evening off with a 5-0 demolition, although in the grand scheme of things it mattered very little.

He did produce moments of magic and class, but was unable to maintain the frenetic pace needed to turn his athletic opponent over and ended up losing 3-1.

l Spalding’s 1st team lost their opening match in the Peterborough League 3-2 against Rutland, despite wins from John Farrow and Ady Cole.

They had raced into a 2-0 lead with those victories, but were the victims of a strirring Rutland comeback.

However, Cole, Nick Wales, Clyde Finch and Garry Harrison were all winners as they took the spoils 4-1 in their second match, beating Town 3rd 4-1.