HAVING started life in Division One of the Northumberland League with a narrow 3-2 win over Primrose, Jarrow, Alnwick first team travelled to Newcastle University to play their second string in optimistic mood.
The optimism was soon blown away, however, when both Henry Glassey and Chris Wiggins playing at number five and three respectively were comprehensively beaten.
Henry played well in patches and when he won the second game, looked as if he could go on to win the match.
His suspect fitness however allowed his opponent to go on to record a hard-fought 3-1 win.
Chris, in his first season of first team squash, was a bit unfortunate to come up against an opponent who looked as if he should be playing higher than number three.
Chris played some very good squash throughout the match and, though losing 3-0, he should be pleased with the quality of his squash.
Next on court were Ron Freeman and Russell Hunter.
This was not an ‘on’ night for Ron as he allowed some dubious marking decisions to get to him, eventually losing 3-0, although had he won a tight third game things could have been so different.
Suffering from a calf strain Russell was in no mood to stay on court for long and dispatched his opponent 3-0 with a minimum of fuss.
It was a similar story for Brendan Callaghan, who, not noted for quick games, surprised himself with his 3-0 win in double-quick time.
Overall, a disappointing performance in a narrow 3-2 defeat.
Both Chris Wiggins and Russell Hunter have been in recent tournament action at different ends of the age ranges. Chris played in the Northumbria County Closed event at Jesmond, Newcastle, and was seeded three/four for the event.
He cruised through the early rounds with little fuss to reach the semi-final against Alex Robertson, the number two seed.
Chris produced some high-quality squash in the first two games and looked to be heading through to the final when he went two games ahead and 7-4 up in the third.
Robertson, however, had other ideas and began what proved to be a remarkable come back, winning the third 11-9 before going on to complete a hard-earned 3-2 victory.
Chris will be disappointed but must take great heart from the first half of the match in which he was dominant and this again shows how much he has improved recently.
Having lost to Scottish number one Alan Thompson in the final of the opening over 45 event at Aberdeen, Russell travelled to Glasgow looking for quick revenge.
Having battled back from two games down in both the quarter- and semi-final to win both narrowly by 3-2 the stage was set for a repeat of the Aberdeen final.
Unfortunately for Russell, the result was the same as at 5-1 down in the first game he succumbed to injury and could not put up any sort of fight, allowing Thompson to cruise to victory.
Chris travels to Manchester this week for the British Junior Championships.