Uckfield Juniors squash players began the second half of the season with a resounding victory in their first match since December. Sitting comfortably in mid table but with a game in hand, the team were eager to close the gap on the top two teams.
One of those teams was Dunnings Juniors 4 from East Grinstead. Arriving at the venue, the youngsters had a warm-up on what were incredibly hot courts – a new experience for all of them, writes Uckfield coach Stephen Holliday.
First to play was young Troy Southall who showed again what a talent he is with a comfortable 3-0 victory over an older opponent. Moving his opponent around the court effectively, he was able to get on top in most rallies and played the court conditions very well.
Second player on was Oliver Darlington who continues to show rapid improvement and greater control and understanding of the game.
He played against a younger but highly talented opponent, and was chasing the match much of the time going 1-0 and then 2-1 behind in games, but he never gave in and fought back to level at 2-2 before clinching a tight fifth game to take the match by 3 games to 2. A really good win.
The final match was won comfortably 3-0 by Finn Holliday who was too strong for his opponent throughout with his accurate drives and precise drop shots.
So maximum points secured for the team and a move up to second in the table potentially setting up a last day decisive clash against Crawley 5 in the last game of the season. Before that however, the team have tricky encounters away to Crowborough 2 and home to Lewes 3 to play – reports to follow.