Chorley stars’ six of the best

kipper Chris Lengthorn

kipper Chris Lengthorn

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David Lloyd Leisure Centre in Chorley continue to set the pace at the top of the North West Counties’ Squash First Division table.

This week they collected their sixth win of the season against Wigan to maintain their 100% start to the campaign.

Unlike previous weeks, they did not have things all their own way but still managed to come through by the convincing scoreline of 4-1.

The first player to take to the court for Chorley was young Isaac Rawcliffe, who played Mike McDonald.

Rawcliffe began off the pace with his length landing short on the court. This allowed his opponent to attack him and he dropped the opening game.

The youngster re-grouped in the second and fought hard to win a tie-break to level the match. He then found form, hitting the back corners with consistency to win the next two games and close out the match.

David Lloyd’s No.1 player James Earles had a tough match-up against his friend Patrick Rooney.

However, Earles put his friendship to one side to deliver a clinical performance to win 3-0. Second-team player Ben McKenna made an appearance for the first team this week at No.5 and played against local PE teacher Tim Herron, who proved too good and claimed a comprehensive 3-0 victory.

The penultimate match of the night saw Guhan Senthilkumar take on Ryan Atherton.

It was the Wigan player who took the opening game but Senthilkumar played more clinical and straighter squash in the second and third games to take the lead.

However, Atherton was not finished and he produced a huge effort in the fourth.

But Senthilkumar stayed strong to win it 16-14.

The last match of the night pitted Chorley captain Chris Lengthorn with Paul McDonald. The skipper kept the ball straight and tight while trying to extend the rallies.

McDonald dug in and took a game but Lengthorne closed the match out 3-1 to seal another victory for Chorley.