LDS March into the Quarter Finals
Luton & Dunstable Squash Club marched into the Quarter Finals of the National Club Championships with an impressive victory over Edgbaston Priory on Saturday 12th January.
Marking only its second season in the competition, LDS claimed a dramatic win over the Midland giants in an afternoon of high drama and top quality squash.
Played at Active Luton’s Lewsey Sports Park, the tie started unconventionally with the No.1s. LDS’ Daryl Selby, the World No.11 faced EP’s Chris Ryder, the World No.37 on Court 2. Meanwhile LDS’ Adam Auckland took on Tom Ford on Court 3.
Understandably the crowd gathered around Court 2 where Selby won fairly routinely in 3, however, the real battle was on Court 3. Eventually Auckland defeated Ford in what proved to be a tight, thrilling 3-1 match.
Next on court for LDS were captain, Steve Davies, and Marc Woolhead against Lee James and Chris Truswell respectively. Both LDS players got off to a good start winning their first, but then Woolhead fell away, ultimately losing 3-1.
Davies, however, took the second to bring a remarkable match victory within touching distance. James had other ideas and fought back bravely to level at 2 each making the home crowd very nervous! With the game on the line, Davies managed to reverse the momentum with some fine squash, delivering a win and LDS the match with one game to spare.
In the dead rubber, East Region Academy player Harry Faulkner defeated World No.195, John Geekie 3-0 to close the match in real style, handing LDS a 4-1 match victory.
LDS now face Coolhurst Tennis & Squash Club in the Quarter Finals.
Captain Steve Davies said afterwards, “That was a great win. We felt we had a chance coming into the match and with the big, enthusiastic support here we managed to pull it off. There is now a real belief within the team that we can really challenge for this cup”.
In the photo (from left to right): Harry Faulkner, Marc Woolhead, Steve Davies, Adam Auckland, Daryl Selby, referee, Chris Ryder, Chris Truswell, Lee James, Tom Ford, John Geekie