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LDS Storm to Grand Final Win

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 3-0.

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."

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Posted by : LD Squash at 15:07:PM on Thursday 29 March 2012

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