James Roberts reports:

After the last 2 matches, both of which resulted in heavy 5-0 defeats with the addition of just 1 point to the tally, Lichfield was desperate to get back to winning ways with the visit of Oak Park to King Eddies.

James kicked off proceedings at 5, playing a totally unknown and very young quantity in the form of debutant Joe. You would not have known that this was Joe’s first ever team squash match, as he showed lots of composure hitting the ball around the court with aplomb. This was a see-saw match, with Joe taking the first and third, and James replying by drawing back level each time, taking it into a deciding 5th. After an hour of enjoyable battle, it was youth that prevailed over experience 3-2.

On the other court, Mike Sadler took on the seasoned and wily Dean, who is well known to all Central League players not just as the League manager but also for his incredible ability to drop shot from all areas of the court. This was the first time Mike had played Dean, and although he was warned what to expect, this was no substitute for the actual experience of playing Dean, who easily out foxed Mike to seal a 3-0 win, placing Oak Park in a strong position at 2 matches to nil.

Bill then took on Oak Park’s Chris needing a win to keep Lichfield in the tie. This started very well, with Bill racing to a 2-0 lead. His mobility then suffered as he took a cramp towards he end of the 3rd meaning he was unable to convert a match ball. Chris then took a foothold in the match by winning the subsequent tie break, followed quickly by the next game 9-2, forcing a decider. Bill thankfully regained his mobility and composure to win the decider 9/7 and therefore match 3-2.

Ben was next up at no. 1, taking on Adam. This was a fairly one-sided affair, with Ben hitting accurate length and moving well around the court, leading to a nice 3-0 win for the concession of just 7 points.

With the overall match tied at 2 all, it was down to the no. 2s, Mark and Chris, to do battle to decide the winning team. This was an entertaining match, with both players adept at hitting good length with nice technique. Mark took a closely contested first for Lichfield 9/7, which he followed up nicely by racing into a 2-0 lead through winning the second more comfortably at 9/4. The third, and what turned out to be decisive, third game was the closest, going all the way to a tie break, Mark prevailing 10/8 to take a 3-0 win.

So a good battle back by Lichfield from 2 matches down to win 3-2 (16-8), and a much welcome addition to the points tally. Next up is the short trip along the A5190 to play the Burntwood ‘Desperados’ on Wednesday 11th March as we come to the business end of the season. #GoLichfield