St Georges v Chichester PSL 5/2/19: Round 7
Chichester recently travelled to Weybridge for the return match against St George’s. At the home fixture, in the 1st half, Team Chichester suffered a 0.5 defeat.
It was a difficult tie, especially as all the matches were played on the all glass court, which definitely favoured the home players.
Miles Jenkins, for Chichester, struggled to get to grips with the conditions and was always playing catch up against former Team Chichester player, Robbie Temple. Temple’s deceptive play had Jenkins constantly on the back foot and, as hard as Jenkins tried, Temple came through 2-0 to put St George’s one-up.
Chichester’s Lauren Briggs had a similar problem against Jazz Hutton, whose pace and tempo completely took Briggs out of her comfort zone as the 11/3, 11/6 score line suggested.
Tom Walsh [Chichester], meanwhile, had a close game with Carlos Cornes. Both games were evenly contested; each player played with a similar style and were attacking well. Cornes played the big points well and took a 2-0 victory to give St George’s a match winning 3-0 margin.
Next on court the number one strings, Mathieu Castagnet [WR24] took on Tom Richards [WR21/St George’s]. This was, undoubtedly, the best match of the night. The game swayed both ways with Castagnet and Richards attacking well and using the front of the court well.
Richards took a tight first before Castagnet forged a lead in the second and despite a brief flurry from Richards, towards the end of this game, he managed to close it out. In the deciding game Castagnet pulled away from the middle of the game to win, 11/7,7/11,6,11, and save the whitewash for Chichester.
The final match was between Tim Vail, Chichester, and Borja Golan [WR32]. Vail started well playing patient squash and mixing the pace well. At mid-point Vail made a couple of bad shots and suddenly the game suddenly slipped away.
The second game was also well contested. Borja made good use of his boast at crucial times to take the game and match and give St George’s a 4-1 win on the night.
Chichester have 2 home matches next month on 5th and 19th March. Tickets are now available at Chichester Racquets & Fitness Club: 01243 785664.
Mike Phillips: Team Manager