SOLIHULL Arden Ladies Squash team produced a solid performance to record a cracking 5 - 0 win in the Warwickshire League away against Leamington on a cold winter night when driving was the last thing anyone relished.
Jess Ireland and Lyndsey Vickers got the night off to a great start and both posted convincing 3 - 0 wins. Third string Jane Armstrong followed up with a strong performance and also posted a 3 - 0 win to give Arden an unassailable lead.
Things then started to get a little tougher as Ann Frew took on the experienced Alison Bate.
Alison is a tough opponent who plays good consistent squash and makes few unforced errors, whilst Ann’s game is all about touch and tactics.
Ann started well, utilising her serve to great effect and forcing Alison to make weak returns that allowed Ann to plant herself in the middle of the court and force Alison to work around her rally after rally. When Alison was able to return Ann’s serve well and move Ann off the T, Ann used her superb drop and lob game to neutralise any threat and win the first game.
Alison, however, is no mug and in the second game she was better able to deal with Ann’s serve and get herself into the rallies, so the fight was on.
With the game balanced at 7 points each it was Alison who was able to dominate and pull clear to take the second game 9 - 7 and even the games at 1 all.
Ann then reeled off a string of points to take a 2-1 lead, before sealing the victory in the fourth game.
In the absence of Leamington’s number 1 player, Rachel Woolford took on Becky Lascelles and whilst Becky is renowned for her speed around court, Rachel would be expected to come home with a comfortable win under her belt.
Rachel raced into a 2-0 lead but with nothing to lose, Becky battled back to 2-1.
The game was turning into a real battle as Rachel became more uncertain of her shots and Becky sensing her chance, pushed herself a little further but Rachel hung on and managed to take it and close the match out.
The team victory consolidate their second place league position behind Solihull’s West Warwicks, and this cushion will be needed as their next fixture, in two weeks time, sees them take on their West Warks.