Premier League Week Three: Chapel and Ponte maintain perfect starts

Chapel Allerton 1 and Pontefract 1 just about kept their 100% records intact in round three of the Yorkshire Premier League.

It was a tension-filled night at Chapel Allerton as the north Leeds club’s first team faced their seconds, who are newly promoted to the top flight this season.

Heading into the night’s final tie, the match score was locked at 2-2. Club stalwarts Ross Williamson and Declan Christie had won for the seconds, while Matty Powell and new Kiwi signing Jackson Beresford had triumphed for the firsts. An embarrassing defeat for the firsts against the division’s bottom club was a possibility.

But Welshman Owain Taylor, Chapel Allerton 1’s Mr Dependable, overcame fellow PSA Tour player Stuart MacGregor in four games to spare his side’s blushes and make it three wins from three for the defending champions.

Pontefract 1 are just three points behind them in second place and the only other side to have won their three opening fixtures.

They won 3-2 at home to Sheffield club Abbeydale with a line-up that featured none other than Lee Beachill, the former world No.1 who is now CEO of the Professional Squash Association, turning out for his boyhood club.

He played at No.4 and won with ease against Murray Scott. Visiting Dutch junior Thys Rouhens won at fifth string with team captain Alex Hodgetts sealing the win at No.2. Phil Scully and Matthew Broadberry – who has won all three of his matches 3-0 so far – helped earn eight consolation points for Abbeydale, who drop to fourth.

York club Dunnington are up to third after trouncing Queen’s 5-0 in Halifax. World no.59 Richie Fallows was supreme again, thrashing Liverpudlian 21-year-old Connor Sheen at top string. Youngster Ben Cross, Gareth Lumsden and veteran Matthew Stephenson also won in straight games, while Julian Tomlinson conceded the solitary point in ‘only’ beating Charlie Cowie 3-1.

Hull and East Riding have now won two in a row and are up to fifth following a 3-2 win at Hallamshire in Sheffield. Ex-England U19 captain Harry Falconer clinched the win with a four-game victory over Alex Cutts at top string.

Before that encounter, the match had been poised at 2-2. Hallamshire’s Dan Lawrence beat women’s world No.25 Fiona Moverley in a five-game tussle at No.3 and Sam Davey won at No.5. But that was as good as it got for the hosts, as Glyn Saunders and Ben Smith’s victories laid the platform for Falconer to finish the job.

The other third round match saw Pontefract 2 pick up their first win of the season to leave Barnsley still searching for their first success.

Sam Todd, the 14-year-old former British and US Junior Open winner who has been earmarked as a future PSA Tour star, beat Barnsley’s Carlton Oldham in a thriller at No.3 string. Harry Anderson and Matt Godson were Ponte’s other winners, rendering wins by Barnsley’s top two, Miles Jenkins and Matt Turney, mere consolations.

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