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Rossi’s of North Walsham sit top of the Norfolk Winter Squash League after winning their first four matches of the season.

November 9, 2017

They recently travelled to face the mighty Galacticos, who play at Drayton Sports Centre. Matt Sumner got the ball rolling with a 3-0 victory over the ever improving Katie Cox. The last game was a titanic battle that finished 25-23 to Matt. Next on court was Rob ‘The Hype’ Thirst who faced off against the wily Steve Moxey. Rob produced his most composed squash of the year to claim a tremendous 3-0 victory. Tom Smith took on Norfolk county player David Gouldby. David’s aggressive style was too much for Tom too handle, who lost 3-1. Simon ‘Sonic Boom’ Watson was next up against 7-time county champion, John Cordeaux. John was quick to enforce his game on Simon who couldn’t compete in the first, losing it 13-8. However, Simon managed to reverse his fortunes by sticking to an attacking game plan designed by Matt Bolt. He won the next two games 13-5, 13-7 and clung on to the last game winning in 14-12, coming back from 12-9 down. Last on court were two icons of the Norfolk squash world; Matt Bolt (Rossi’s) and Ian Cox. Matt won a close first game 13-10. The players then swapped rest games, so Matt found himself 2-1 up. Quick fire rallies ensued with Ian just doing enough to claim the final two games and the match 3-2. Despite this loss, Rossi’s recorded a 17-7 victory through the wins for Sumner, Watson and Thirst.

 

The next week, Rossi’s welcomed Barnham Broom to their courts in North Walsham. Local Hero, Matt Sumner took on Barnham Captain Simon Howling. Simon’s boast was working well in the game, winning it 13-7. Matt tried his best to lose the second, leading at one point 12-6, before finally winning it 13-11. The next two games were shared, setting up the 5th game decider. Matt gritted his teeth and made fewer errors to claim a superb 3-2 win. Simon ‘Guile’ Watson faced Level 4 Coach Craig Aldred. Craig dominated from start to finish, winning the match 3-0. A similar story was happening on the neighbouring court as David Youngs demolished Rossi’ captain Tom Smith by the same score line. Rob ‘The Hype’ Thirst took to the court against Pete Hubbard in a very close encounter. Rob took the first two before Pete dug deep to win the third 14-12. Thankfully Simon Watson was on hand to give Rob some tactical advice, allowing him to win the fourth and the match 3-1. With the match hanging in the balance, the number one seeds took to the court as Matt Bolt took on Ashley Bowling. Matt won the first two tight games to open up a lead before the usual rest game in the third. Matt took a huge 7-1 lead at the start of the fourth and held off an Ashley fightback to win 3-1. That meant Rossi’s claimed a 14-10 win, a fourth successive league and a place at the top of the Norfolk Squash League.

Rossis - 2017