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Penrith Squash 1st as Matthew makes his mark

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Matthew Davidson 14 years old who has only been playing squash for 20 months took the under 15’s Cumbria County Championship at Carlisle and with it a first for Penrith Squash Club.


Never before has a Penrith Squash Junior taken the title and he took it with confidence. Each match was best of five games and each game first to eleven points (two clear).


In the pool stage Matthew first met James Corrigan of Carlisle, the under 13’s Cumbria County Champion from 2016. Matthew took the first two games with ease, winning 11-2 and 11-5; however, James rallied in the third game, matching Matthew point for point, but was finally closed out 12-10.


Matthew’s next opponent was Zak Leathers of Wigton who had also met and beaten James in the pool stage. Matthew was beaten 6-11 in the first game as the hard-hitting opponent dominated exchanges. Matthew levelled the second game with 11-5 followed by 11-3 to go ahead. The fourth game was closer with Matthew edging it 11-8, winning three games to one.


A re-match was due as Zak and Matthew were to meet again in the final, Zak came out to turn his earlier defeat around going ahead in the first game before Matthew clawed back, winning 11-9. Matthew went on to win the next two games comfortably 11-6 and 11-4 to become champion.


Also in the County Championships from the Penrith club was Jacob Matthews of Greystoke and fellow pupil of Matthew’s at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. Jacob was competing in the under 17’s and has only been playing squash for a few months and was in what was arguably the toughest age group which included the former England no1 at under 15’s Adam Goad of Carlisle, a regular England international and also a pupil at the grammar school.


Jacob acquitted himself well during all of his matches and will no doubt return next year with as much enthusiasm and greater experience.


Neil Coward, who heads up the junior section at Penrith Squash Club, commented by saying ‘This provides a major boost to our club and shows that we can produce some great young players. With Matthew and Jacob Matthews playing in the County Championship it shows that we are doing well at junior level and producing some excellent talent. A huge amount of effort is given by some willing volunteers to encourage our younger players’ to progress. We would therefore encourage any junior’s to come forward and give it a go as they too could be champs.’


Penrith Squash hold a regular junior club at 4.30pm every Friday. Any junior under the age of 18 is welcome to come along and try their hand.

Full tuition is given by Neil Coward and a number of volunteers as well as the clubs professional coach Gavin Stephenson.



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