SECOND HALF SEASON 2010/2011
Played on March 19th/20th.
The matches were at Barnsley Squash club in Yorkshire.
With only the top team to get promoted to the premier league it was to be a tough weekend of matches.
Team – DAVE BARNETT, LIAM GUTCHER, MATT SAMPSON, CHRIS BOYER and NICK HALE.
The first match was against Cheshire, they were strong from top to bottom and unfortunatley lost the match 5-0 with Liam Gutcher at 2 having a marathon match with Matt Lowery losing narrowly in 5 games.
Next up were hosts Yorkshire who were also very strong and it was to be another 5-0 loss with Dave Barnett and Nick Hale getting a game and Matt Sampson getting 2.
On Sunday morning it was a match for pride against Leicestershire as they had also lost twice the previous day. It was however to be another loss this time 3-2 with wins from Dave Barnett and Chris Boyer. The team stay in Division One for next season.
FIRST HALF SEASON 2010/2011
Played on 13th/14th november.
Opponents- Durham & Cleveland, Ulster and Yorkshire.
Venue – Tynemouth Squash Club
Team – Dave Barnett, Paul Lord, Jon Tate, Andrew Staley, Liam Gutcher and Richard Shellam.
First match was against local rivals Durham & Cleveland. At this stage last season they handed out a 5-0 defeat on their home courts so revenge was sweet as Northumbria won 4-1 although not to comfortably with both Paul Lord and Jon Tate winning closely in 5 games.
NORTHUMBRIA vsDURHAM & CLEVELAND
DAVE BARNETT BT GARETH LUMSDEN 13/11 8/11 11/7 13/11
PAUL LORD BT JOSH HARRIS 11/4 5/11 11/6 3/11 11/6
JON TATE BT ANDY PARNABY 11/8 7/11 6/11 12/10 11/9
ANDREW STALEY LT ANDY CROSS 5/11 4/11 8/11
LIAM GUTCHER BT NICK PUGSLEY 10/12 11/5 11/2 11/4
Second match was against Ulster. They had lost their first match against Yorkshire and were looking to keep their qualifying hopes alive. It all came down to the number 2’s with Lord playing another ex-pro Graeme Stewart to decide the match. Lord started slowly and was struggling to keep up with Stewart early on but soon came into his own taking the tie 3-1 and clinching a 3-2 win for Northumbria.
NORTHUMBRIA vs ULSTER
DAVE BARNETT LT STEVE RICHARDSON 15/17 4/11 5/11
PAUL LORD BT GRAEME STEWART 7/11 11/5 12/10 11/6
JON TATE BT CONNOR O’HARE 11/6 11/6 11/6
ANDREW STALEY LT THEO ANDERSON 6/11 6/11 11/9 9/11
LIAM GUTCHER BT BEN CRAIG 11/9 11/13 11/7 11/4
The final match was to decide who won the group as Yorkshire had also won their first 2 matches. Both teams were a man down on the Sunday with Paul Lord missing and Yorkshire number 1 from the first day Laurence Delasaux missing. It proved to be very close with Yorkshire just edging it with 3-2 victories at numbers 3,4 and 5 to leave Yorkshire topping the group but Northumbria progress to the promotion group in February.
NORTHUMBRIA vs YORKSHIRE
DAVE BARNETT BT JAMES EARLES 11/7 11/4 11/6
JON TATE BT ADAM TAYLOR 11/1 9/11 12/10 11/4
ANDREW STALEY LT ALEX CUTTS 9/11 12/10 13/11 8/11 3/11
LIAM GUTCHER LT CHRIS RUSLING 15/13 9/11 11/618/11 10/12
RICHARD SHELLAM LT JONNY DUFFIELD 11/9 8/11 11/8 4/11 7/11