Pontefract squash star Todd retains British title

Pontefract Squash Club's Sam Todd.
Pontefract Squash Club's Sam Todd.

Pontefract’s Sam Todd, following in the footsteps of Lee Beachill and James Willstrop, both of whom won every British junior age group title, retained his British Under 13 championship at the Northern Squash Club in Manchester.

Todd retained the title in style, winning four of his five matches 3-0 and conceding only one game in the final.

The outstanding match, though, came in the quarter finals against the very talented Hassan Khalil (Warwickshire).

Although Todd won 3-0 it was a match of the highest quality.

In the final, he beat Sam Osborne-Wild (Worcestershire) 3-1.

He won the first two games comfortably but had problems with his protective goggles in the third and went 6-1 down, only to lose it narrowly. He then closed the match out against a spirited opponent.

Elliot Ridge, fifth in the under 17 boys, Ellen Cooper, fourth in the under 17 girls, and Ben Sockett, third in the under 15 boys, all bettered their seeding.

Cooper, a year young, almost made the final, losing narrowly in the fifth game in the semi final.

Asia Harris, eleventh, and Layla Johnson, thirteenth, both confirmed their undoubted promise in the under 13 girls in which Johnson has another year and Harris another two which makes her look a surefire future winner.

Amber Copley won four of her five matches to take the under 15 girls plate competition.

Pontefract’s Yorkshire League first team made it theree wins out of four when they beat Abbeydale Park 3-2, with wins coming from Lewis Doughty, Taminder Gata-Aura and Sam Wileman. They go to Heaton this week.

Todd continued his excellent form in the Premier League with a narrow 3-2 loss in the second team’s defeat to Dunnington.

They are at home to Hull and East Riding this week.

Pontefract’s unbeaten third team won again, beating Phoenix (Rotherham) 4-1 and they have a local derby tomorrow against the fourth team.

Pontefract’s Premier League team head for Leicester next Tuesday evening after a 3-2 loss last week to Nottingham.

Pontefract’s top strings James Willstrop and Laures Anjema both won 3-0 to level the match at 2-2 but Mark Fuller beat Patrick Rooney to give Nottingham the edge.

Willstrop, Rooney and Fiona Moverley, who has just enjoyed a very successsful run in the Qatar Classic, are all probables for the Pontefract team against Leicester.