Bognor leave Bluecoats blue

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Having been soundly beaten at home in their previous match, Bognor Squash Club’s first team faced another difficult evening when they travelled to Horsham to meet third-placed Bluecoats Sports - but did enough to come out with a narrow win.

Bognor fifth string Justin Scott won a first close game against Julian Bridgeman. The home player levelled and there was a battle for the decisive third game which Scott edged and he went on to wrap up the match - the score 10-9, 4-9, 10-8, 9-4.

Pat Jones also had a tough first game at No4 against David Stanley but having taken that, he went on to win in straight games 10-8, 9-2, 9-6.

The No3s’ match also went to the visitors when Steve Enfield took on Tony Fiveash and despite losing the first game he recovered well and notched his second win of the season, taking the next three to win 4-9, 9-7, 9-5, 9-5 to ensure Bognor took the winning bonus points.

This was just as well as the top two strings were less successful when No2 Glen Peskett lost to Marcus Leake in a tight match, despite Peskett coming back well in the third - the score 9-5, 9-6, 7-9, 9-5.

Top string Steve Porter’s lack of practice showed when he was beaten in three games by Kit Pearman, leaving Bognor 3-2 winners and taking 15 points to the home team’s eight, which keeps them comfortably mid-table in division two west.

The next match at Hawthorn Road will be on Friday, February 7, when the third team hope to continue their good start to 2014 as they host Chichester seconds.