Winchester still bottom, but confidence growing …
Doug Revolta reports
Winchester’s Premier League squash team remain rooted to the foot of the table, tut they are growing in confidence after a 3-2 defeat to Chichester.
That loss represents Winch’s best result this campaign after struggling all season.
Winch’s world no.26 Emily Whitlock beat Lauren Briggs 3-1 and two times World Junior champion and Winchester’s number one seed Marwan El Shorbagy produced an exquisite display to beat Jon Kemp 3-0.
“It was a good night and I was pleased with how I played. It was unfortunate that we couldn’t get the result but we are getting there,” world number 24 Shorbagy said.
“Winchester’s my favourite place to play my squash, I love it here. The crowd is amazing and it’s always packed out.”
Daniel Poleshchuk was dismissed 3-0 by Oliver Pett and Scott Fitzgerald allowed a 2-1 lead to slip against Chichester’s Robbie Temple.
Fitzgerald remained focused as Temple lost his concentration following some controversial refereeing decisions but was unable to get a result in the fifth game.
That loss meant Winchester’s hopes lay on the shoulders of Greg Lobban and the young Scot battled terrifically against world number 67 Rex Hedrick.
Lobban lost the final game 6/11 to concede a match which lasted a staggering 82 minutes.
Winchester’s next home fixture is on Tuesday, March 18 against Bristol.