Squash team eye promotion

THE Allander First Team stepped up their promotion charge with victory at home to league leaders Wanderers last week.

Six straight victories has seen the Cyan outfit fly up the Division 5 table, and within the sights of a top-three finish.

Allander’s form has helped to place their rival sides under pressure as they battle to retain their Division 4 status.

Last week’s 4-1 victory proved to be one of their best of the season so far, however, the result was in doubt after Cyan lost their opening game.

At 5 was Alastair Graves but the tireless powerhouse was undone in a 3-0 demolition.

Cyan responded through Donny Kneale who edged out his opponent with some dynamic play in what was a five-set thriller.

The home side then took the lead in controversial circumstances as Chris McGeady was handed a 3-2 victory when his impetuous opponent walked off court following a heated dispute in the fourth.

Nevertheless, Cyan maintained their momentum as Gregory Dudziak secured the win with a 3-0 victory, despite a nervy opening game.

And Phil Graves rounded off the tie with another 3-0 win, securing a fantastic result for the Allander Firsts.

Meanwhile, the Seconds completed a stunning comeback to record terrific a 3-2 victory away to Western in Division 6.

Gordon Gray endured a less welcome return from injury when he went down 3-2 in a tight opening contest at 5.

And the home side strolled into a 2-0 lead when Brian Cunningham lost 3-0 against a strong opponent.

Norrie McMillan kept his side in the match with a five-set victory at 3.

And Ian Gault levelled the tie with a comprehensive 3-0 at 2.

Last up was Willie Harrower who, in the face of crippling pressure, came up trumps to ditch his man 3-0 and cap an unexpected turnaround for the seconds.