Pontefract notch 18th win on the spin

James Willstrop is in Andorra to support that country's squash week.
James Willstrop is in Andorra to support that country's squash week.

Pontefract Squash Club’s Yorkshire League second team won their 18th successive match to remain unbeaten when they beat Pontefract’s third team 5-0.

With two matches left, AF Squash this week and Chapel Allerton’s third team the following week, a remarkable 20 wins out of 20 matches looks likely.

The team is Tom Bamford, Peter Lonsdale, Stuart Hargreaves, Simon Gittins and Mark Swift but with Swift injured, Kirsty McPhee has been an able deputy.

The most satisfying aspect is that the team consists of long term club members who have maintained their enthusiasm and high standards of play over many years.

Lonsdale, who lives near Redcar, has for 17 years travelled many miles and his reward is that the match play in Yorkshire has enabled him to play for England at age group levels.

Pontefract’s Premier League side, after some narrow defeats, came good with a 3-2 win over league leaders Hallamshire.

Unbeaten Jack Cooper, Alex Hodgetts and Taminder Gata-Aura provided the wins.

Pontefract’s Eliot Ridge, who will represent England at under 15 level later this month in Dublin, goes from strength to strength and added another title when he won the Leicester Under 17 Open.

Still only 14, Ridge, seeded four, beat the number one seed in the semi final and the number two seed in the final without conceding a game in any of his four matches.

AJP Pontefract take on the Coolhurst Club London in the National League at home this week but will be without James Willstrop and Saurav Ghosal.

Willstrop is in Andorra to support that country’s squash week and Ghosal is currently in India.

Willstrop goes from Andorra to Virginia for the World Series for the world’s top eight players.

Airedale Junior School, who have a strong link with Pontefract Squash Club, resumed their coaching programme last week with 20 children, several of whom show promise, benefitting from the free coaching and free facilities.

The scheme which has been in operation for over a year is aided by the club’s Charity Organisation and will incorporate theatre visits to the Grand in Leeds, the Opera House in York and Wakefield Theatre who have kindly offered the children a’ look behind the scenes’ day.