Luton and Dunstable Squash first team put up a tremendous
display of squash to see off Biggleswade in the County Grand Final
only losing one tie in the process. Spurred on by packed galleries
not seen for many years the side dominated from start to finish and
the end result was never really in doubt once play commenced.
First on was Marc Woolhead at number two string who set the tone
for what transpired by overcoming the stiff resistance of County
veteran and multiple County individual champion, Steve Barlow.
Woolhead didn't seem to be hindered at all by his exertions earlier
in the day which involved him being well beaten by World Number 1,
James Willstrop, as he attacked from the outset with a very high
tempo to which Barlow had no answer.
Scot Adam and Dean Pike at 4 and 5 respectively knew they were
under huge pressure to perform and Adam responded magnificently
simply blowing his opponent Martin Wright away. Wright had beaten
Pike 3-0 the previous week and Adam dished out revenge in the same
fashion for LDS. On the adjoining court Pike raced to a 2-0 lead
against Richard Anthony and for some time it looked as though the
team wouldn't need wins from either of the top strings, but Anthony
found reserves from somewhere to fight back valiantly for what
turned out to be the visitor's only win of the evening.
Number three string Matt Mulara delivered the killer blow for LDS
as he demolished his more fancied opponent, Rob St Ledger. St
Ledger was clearly frustrated and took much of it out on his racket
which suffered several angry smashes against the wall.
Number 1 string, Steve Davies, didn't have things all his own way
against Bruce St ledger and trailed badly in the first game before
showing incredible tenacity to come back and ultimately triumph
Captain Davies thanked the support and said, "We have been working
towards this all season and for it all to come together tonight was
simply brilliant. We were all inspired by the crowds who attended
tonight and hopefully this can be the dawn of a new beginning for
the club and the County on the third anniversary since the closure
of the site."