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Monday, 25 May 2015

£50,000 boost gives Hexham something to boast about

BUOYED by the recent news of their £50,000 grant from Sport England, Hexham Squash Club’s first team eased their relegation worries with some fine performances.

Two wins and a slender defeat have helped them to a much healthier league position.

The team were dealt a major blow, though, captain John Palmer picking up an injury which will see him sit out future games. Damon Watts was promoted to skipper and Steve Blake assumed captaincy of the second team.

Hexham got their 2013 programme off to a tremendous start with a maximum 5-0 and 20 league points win over Tynemouth II.

With their opponents only able to field four players, Hexham were given an automatic 3-0 advantage, which was built on by comfortable wins for Simon Graham, Adrian Alderton, Andrew Wilkinson and Tom Ewan.

They then visited Concordia and raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to fine wins by Damon Watts (3-0) and Tom Ewan (3-1).

However, Andrew Wilkinson and Adrian Alderton both lost 3-0 as Concordia drew level.

Simon Graham played the final game and went down 3-0, but Hexham picked up six valuable points.

They then went into battle with Northumberland II and were one down when Tom Ewan lost 3-1 despite playing one of his best games.

Damon Watts battled hard but lost 3-2, but the victory belonged to Hexham with Andrew Wilkinson winning 3-1, Simon Graham picking up the point when his opponent conceded at 1-1.

Stand-in Harry Steward kept his game together to win 3-0 and help his team to 17 league points.

Hexham II continued their push for promotion with a 4-1 and 19 league points success over Chester Le Street II.

It was a new look side which claimed the points, Julian Steward and Phil Langley both using their experience to earn 3-0 successes.

Paul Satow came through with a 3-2 victory and Harry Steward’s accuracy and pace recorded a 3-0 winning scoreline, with Steve Blake unlucky to go down 3-2 in the final contest.

They followed this up with a fantastic victory against their main promotion contenders Northumberland V, as they won the overall game 3-2.

Things were looking bleak as both Phil Langley and Paul Satow lost 3-1, but the game was recovered when Julian Steward and Steve Blake secured 3-0 wins.

The pressure was mounted on Harry Steward in the final game, but he powered his opponent off the court to win 3-1 and secure the match for Hexham.

Hexham III tasted defeat twice in recent games, Tim Anderson (3-1) picking up the only win in a 4-1 loss to

Tynemouth Social, while a victory for Phil Langley was the highlight in their 4-1 loss to Ashington III.


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