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Lancaster 4-0 York
Lancaster turned on the style in the Women’s Squash, putting York to the sword in a relentless 4-0 victory.
The first game saw Lancaster’s Courtney Alpaugh comprehensively beat York’s 4th seed Georgie Andrews 11-2, 11-6, 11-4. This seemed to be a good indicator for what was to come, as Lancaster’s 3rd seed, Timna Freeman, also won in three games with scores 11-7, 11-6, 11-5.
For all of York’s hard work and commitment, Lancaster’s ladies matched and indeed surpassed this. The 2nd seed game between Lancaster’s Samantha Preston and York’s Rebecca Alexander attracted a large crowd for a very intense round. Preston’s first victory came easily as she overwhelmed Alexander with her movement and raw power, the score ending 11-2.
Preston’s mettle was tested in the second game as Alexander showed good composure, but York’s resistance was eventually broken down as Preston eventually won the second game 11-7, and the third game 11-4.
The final, and most intense, round was saved for last; as Lancaster’s first seed Penny How took on York’s Alexia De Lambilly. What was billed to be an even contest was soon exposed as a display of ruthless aggression from How, as she beat De Lambilly 11-6, 11-1, 11-3. This confirmed the whitewash off the back of an impressive all-round team display.
The effort and commitment shown from the Lancaster women more than justified the final result. York played well and were at times a testing opposition, but on the day, they were simply outclassed.
Lancaster Captain Samantha Preston was clearly delighted with the manner of the victory: ‘We’ve trained so hard for the last few weeks. We hadn’t won anything yet this year so I’m glad our effort and perseverance have finally paid off!’
Despite York’s loss, Captain Emily Lowrey was still pleased with their performance: ‘We were very nervous but we didn’t play badly – Lancaster were just better on the day. I’m glad we came, though, it’s been a great experience.’
The manner of the victory for Lancaster’s ladies will surely bring them confidence for future games and competitions. With the 4 points sealed from the win, it leaves the Roses tournament still very much in the balance.