A MAXIMUM 20 points were achieved by Solihull Arden Ladies squash team in this home fixture against a severely weakened Cov & N Warks outfit and as a result they’ve rocketed up the Warwickshire league and well out of the relegation zone.
Arden won all their matches with a loss of just one game. Cov & N Warks knew they would be missing their top string player but then on the day, their third string was also struck down with the flu and a short notice replacement couldn’t be found. So, travelling to Arden with a team of only four players they had to concede the fifth string before they arrived!
Arden were at full strength and at times the games were embarrassingly one sided.
Following that match the ladies then took on Barnt Green with both teams able to field their strongest squads.
Jess Ireland at number 5 beat Barnt Greens junior Kiera Marshall by 3 - 0, however Kiera at the age of 11 showed an ability beyond her years and put up strong resistance.
Home players Lyndsey Vickers and Jane Armstrong then beat Barnt Green’s Lyndsey Neales and Bett Dryhusrt by the same score line to secure Arden an overall win on the night.
It was then a question of how many additional points could be earned and although Ann Frew lost a tense battle with Kerry Pottinger 3-2, the close score line meant that only one point was dropped.
Rachel Woolford and Dawn Ashford contested a good battle as the number one strings however Rachel proved to be the stronger on the night and she was able to secure a 3 - 0 win thus securing Arden 19 of the maximum 20 points.
Arden’s final fixture of 2012 sees them travel to Edgbaston Priory next week and points could prove rather harder to come by.
With the season’s mid-point arriving the week after, a better reflection of their true league position will then be known. Arden will be hoping to put in another strong performance next week and earn a respectable number of points to help retain their league position.