Todd shows class in Heaton tournament

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PONTEFRACT Squash Club’s nine-year-old Sam Todd, the number one ranked under 11 player in England, won the Heaton Under 13 Open.

He beat Will King (Yorkshire) in the semi finals and Max Forster (Northumbria) in the final without conceding a game in the entire tournament.

He had previously acquitted himself extremely well playing in the Yorkshire Senior League for Pontefract’s fourth team against Hallamshire thirds, showing that it will not be long before he is winning at senior level.

Pontefract’s Yorkshire League Premier side lost 4-1 to a very strong Abbeydale team. Under 19 international Taminder Gata-Aura provided Pontefract’s win. They take on Heaton at home this week.

The Yorkshre League second team won 5-0 against Queen’s (Halifax) seconds but the match was much closer than the score indicates.

Pontefract’s second PSL National League fixture of the season is against Duffield at home next Tuesday.

James Willstrop (pictured), in America, and Saurav Ghosal, in India, are unavailable, but the team will be strengthened by the arrival of Harinder Pal Sandhu who was previously based at Pontefract and Ravi Dixit who won the Asian junior under 19 title in 2011.

Dixit has also spent time in Pontefract for training purposes.

England international Sarah Kippax, wife of former Pontefract player and national coach David Campion, will also make her debut for the club.