Pontefract were pipped 3-2 at home by University of Birmingham in their opening match of the season in English Premier Squash League Group A on Tuesday night.
Without Laurens Anjema, the Dutch number one, and top class junior Patrick Rooney, Pontefract still had James Willstrop and new addition Fiona Moverley available, Moverley having enjoyed a successful 2014-15.
Moverley won on her Pontefract debut but Birmingham’s middle order gave them the edge before Willstrop cut the deficit in the final match.
Willstrop and Moverley both achieved 3-0 victories but Simon Parke, Alex Hodgetts and Lewis Doughty all lost 3-0.
RESULTS: James Willstrop 3, Jaymie Haycocks 0 (11-8, 12-10, 11-7); Simon Parke 0, Chris Ryder 3 (5-11, 5-11, 3-11); Alex Hodgetts 0, Joel Makin 3 (6-11, 4-11, 6-11); Lewis Doughty 0, Jan Van Der Herrewegen 3 (9-11, 3-11, 5-11); Fiona Moverley 3, Katrina Burrows 0 (11-4, 11-2, 11-5).
Pontefract’s next Premier League fixture is at Nottingham on Tuesday, October 27.
Willstrop will be absent from the world scene this month as he prepares to play the lead in Journey’s End with the Adel players on October 21 to 24.
As a youngster he played the lead in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat whilst a pupil at Ackworth School and he is resuming with a part played once upon a time by none other than Sir Lawrence Olivier.
The good news for Pontefract is that during October, therefore, he will be available to play for them.