BURTON’S hopes of fighting their way into the battle for the Derbyshire Squash League Premier Division title have been dashed.
The Ashby Road side – champions in 2011 – needed to win at the home of leaders Duffield to stay in the hunt but slipped to a 14-7 defeat. The loss leaves Burton with the virtually impossible task of making up a 56-point deficit in the final two months of the season.
Andy Whipp got the hosts off to a flying start by beating James Hodson 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 before Burton’s hopes were raised.
Richard Underhill eased past Sam Watts in three games - and the performance was replicated by Jonathan Underhill against James Blythe.
But the contest tilted back in Duffield’s favour when Lee Stanbury went down in a hard fought four-set battle against John Slater.
Stanbury took the first 12-10 before his opponent rallied to claim the next three games 11-6, 11-5, 11-4. Burton’s Hoffman was beaten 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 by Greg Loach.
Burton’s next game is at home to David Lloyd on January 31.
Repton held onto third place with an 18-5 win at David Lloyd despite Richard Woodcote having to concede his match through injury after taking the first game against Stuart Atkins 11-6.
Ryan Loska and Adam Amiger won their ties in three against Laura Hill and Darren Crowshaw, while the longest game of the night ended in success for Simon Price against Ben Arnold by 11-5, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5.
BURTON 2nds are battling it out with their Duffield counterparts at the top of Division One.
The Ashby Road side won 17-5 last time out at home to The Manor 2nds thanks to wins for Owen Whitfield, Colin Morris, Adrian Murphy and Tom Whitfield.
BURTON’S hopes of lifting the Ladies Premier title could depend on the outcome of their game against Duffield.
The Ashby Road women currently have a seven-point advantage, which they will be hoping to extend when the teams meet at Ashby Road on January 28.
After two defeats already this year against four-time world champion Amr Shabana, Nick Matthew gained his revenge in the second round of the JP Morgan Tournament of Champion in straight games. Matthew progressed to the quarter-finals of the first PSA World Series squash event of the year in New York with the 11-8, 11-6, 11-8 victory.
“My game plan was not to have a game plan,” said Matthew. “I felt like I had been overthinking my recent matches, so I decided to just go out and enjoy playing.”
The Englishman’s next opponent is another former world number one Karim Darwish who dispatched India’s Saurav Ghosal 11-3, 11-5, 12-10.
Top seed James Willstrop defeated young Egyptian Tarek Momen in four games to book his place in the quarter-finals.