Two top women’s teams meet at Pontefract

James Willstrop lost 3-0 to German number one Simon Rosner in the second round on Tuesday.  Picture: Steve Line/
James Willstrop lost 3-0 to German number one Simon Rosner in the second round on Tuesday. Picture: Steve Line/

Top class players will be action at Pontefract Squash Club today (Thursday) when the Stuart Road club’s women’s team host Birmingham’s Edgbaston Priory in the National Club Team Championships first round (noon start).

The quality of the two teams will again be there for all to see after their clash at Pontefract in September in the final of the European Club Team Championships which Edgbaston won.

Welsh international and former Pontefract player Deon Saffery is a member of the strong Birmingham side.

It will be matched by Pontefract’s team which includes Canadian champion Hollie Naughton, England international Sarah Campion and Fiona Moverley, who has enjoyed a successful time on the World Tour in recent times.

Pontefract’s James Willstrop continued his fine form in the first round of the 2016 Qatar Classic in Doha by beating Chris Simpson in an all-English clash.

Willstrop recovered from a game down to defeat world number 20 Simpson.

Simpson won the first game but he won only six points in the next three games with Willstrop winning the fourth game 11-0.

Willstrop then lost 3-0 to German number one Simon Rosner (7-11, 7-11, 8-11) in the second round on Tuesday.

Pontefract host Bristol next Tuesday evening in their first home Premier League match this season.

Pontefract will aim to bounce back from a 3-2 defeat at Nottingham in their opening fixture. They were pipped despite Willstrop giving a masterclass in control as he beat arch rival Nick Matthew 3-0 in front of a sell-out crowd.

Pontefract’s first Yorkshire Premier League side beat Hull and East Riding 5-0, winning every match 3-0, a rare occurrence. They go to Queen’s Halifax this week with New Zealander Evan Williams returning to the team.

The second Yorkshire League Premier side lost 3-2 to Chapel Allerton, Elliot Ridge coming close in a 3-2 loss to former world number three Simon Parke.

Pontefract fourth team beat the fifth team 4-1, all four of the wins going the full distance.

The third team lost their unbeaten record to Chapel Allerton thirds 3-2. There were wins from Stuart Hargreaves and Millen Randell and narrow defeats for both Peter Lonsdale and Ben Hodgetts.

Ackworth School, with Sam Todd leading the teams in the National Schools Team Championships, beat mighty Manchester Grammar School at the Northern Club Manchester 5-0 at under 19 level and 5-0 at under 15 level. Remarkably, the oldest player in the Ackworth teams was only 15 years old.