Gosling's smashing victories

PUBLISHED: 10:59 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:34 26 October 2009

GOSLING S Under-17 first team completed a victory double over Tring and West Herts in their final matches of the season. The squash team consisting of Ryan Mays, Dan DeSousa and Johnny McElligott have enjoyed a successful season, having only lost one matc

GOSLING'S Under-17 first team completed a victory double over Tring and West Herts in their final matches of the season.

The squash team consisting of Ryan Mays, Dan DeSousa and Johnny McElligott have enjoyed a successful season, having only lost one match to Bishop's Stortford.

Their first match of the day was against what on paper appeared to be a strong Tring side.

First up was Johnny McElligott, who played Tring No 3 Stuart Rance.

Rance put up a brave fight but was unable to cope with McElligott's speed and accuracy.

The Gosling hitter won the match 9-1, 9-2, 9-2.

Next up was Dan DeSousa, who had his work cut out playing Tring's left-handed No 2 Josh Huitson.

DeSousa got off to a shaky start, losing a very tight first game 10-9.

He decided to change his playing tactics, slowing the game down by utilising more drops and lobs before then driving in kill shots when offered a loose ball.

The tactic worked and he triumphed with a final score of 9-10, 9-7, 9-4.

Top string player Ryan May played Tring's Jake Smith and romped home to an easy 9-2, 9-1, 9-4 win.

That ensured Gosling claimed a 3-0 victory over Tring.

Gosling then met West Herts, who provided a tougher challenge.

McElligott had an easy victory against West Herts' third string Sam Haslam and dropped only one point in his 3-0 win.

DeSousa had a frustrating game against Lee Rositer, ranked seven in the county, and never quite found his form.

He cracked his racket in the second game and the West Herts player won 9-3, 9-3, 9-5.

Mays, the county's number three, played Jack Fowler, ranked three places lower, in this first stream game.

Jack put up a good fight but lost to Ryan's superior fitness and ball control.

The final score of 9-4, 9-2, 9-6 gave Gosling a 2-1 victory.


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