Pontefract set to be at full strength for Leicester clash

Pontefract's James Willstrop has two PSA Championships in England before Christmas - the British Grand Prix in Manchester this week and the Channel Vas at St George's Hill, Surrey. Picture: Steve Line/SquashPics.com
Pontefract's James Willstrop has two PSA Championships in England before Christmas - the British Grand Prix in Manchester this week and the Channel Vas at St George's Hill, Surrey. Picture: Steve Line/SquashPics.com

Below strength Pontefract lost 3-2 at Birmingham in the Premier Squash League on Tuesday evening.

Fiona Moverley and Chris Simpson were Pontefract’s winners.

Moverley beat Emilia Korhornen 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-7).

Pontefract, without James Willstrop and Laura Massaro, were led by Guernsey-born Simpson, a semi finalist in the Mumbai CCI championship.

Simpson recovered from two games down to defeat Joel Makin 3-2 (4-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-3, 11-7) in the top-string match.

Pontefract’s Evan Williams was pipped 3-2 by Peter Creed (11-8, 4-11, 12-10, 9-11, 4-11), Matt Sidaway lost 3-0 to Jaymie Haycocks (10-12, 2-11, 8-11) and Taminder Gata-Aura was beaten 3-0 by Kyle Finch (9-11, 4-11, 4-11).

Pontefract are currently in third place in the Premier League’s five-team Division A.

Their final Premier League match in the first half of the season is at home to Leicester at the Stuart Road club on December 13 when it is expected they will be at full strength.

Peter Lonsdale, the age group international, who has given exceptional service to Pontefract, won the Masters title at the West of England Open in Bristol.

At the other end of the age group, Pontefract’s Asia Harris won the Irish Under 13 Open in Dublin, confirming her promise.

Sam Todd will go to America this month, looking to add the American Under 15 title to the under 13 championship he won last year. Amber Copley will also play in the under 15 girls.

James Willstrop has two PSA Championships in England before Christmas - the British Grand Prix in Manchester this week and the Channel Vas at St George’s Hill, Surrey.

World number one Mohammed El Shorbagy (Egypt) heads the draw in Surrey and world number two Gregory Gaultier (France) in Manchester.

Willstrop has prospective second round meetings with Australian number one Cameron Pilley in the Grand Prix and world number four Omar Mosaad (Egypt) at St Georg’s Hill.

Pontefract second team take on Barnsley 1irsts at home this week.

The third team play Wiggington seconds away and the fourth team host Woodfield Park seconds.