Swansea see off Gloucester

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Swansea University maintained their push up the league and inflicted revenge over their opponents.

They have started the new term in spectacular fashion as the men’s squash team produced an excellent performance to overcome a spirited Gloucester side 4-1 overall and continue their good run of form.

With the away defeat earlier in the season to the same opponents still fresh in the players’ minds, Swansea began the day brightly.

Russ Moralee kicked off proceedings with the first rubber of the day, easing to a comfortable 11-5, 11-6, 11-1 victory over Gloucester’s Jordan Kirkland.

The match was a very fast-paced affair, and whilst Kirkland was often very risky in his shot-making, Moralee soon prevailed, displaying a fabulous array of tricky serves, powerful shots and boast shots with great composure.

Dan MacEwen then took to the court in a very topsy-turvy second rubber against Will Frankson, who looked set to clinch a 2-set lead when serving at 10-7 in the second set.

Instead, with his back firmly against the wall, MacEwen somehow managed to conjure up a superb fight-back to steal the set 12-10.

The next two sets were shared before MacEwen took control of the decider, winning the match 6-11, 12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6.

Captain Craig Lloyd followed, and his match against Martin Ryder was another 5-set thriller.

Lloyd took the opening set 11-5, but an impressive revival from Ryder coupled with a dip in Lloyd’s form resulted in Ryder taking the next two sets 11-6 and 11-7, before Lloyd impressively raised his game once more to win the last 2 sets, both by 11-3.

The only blemish on an otherwise magnificent day was Brad Pletts’ defeat to Gloucester captain Sam Allen.

Pletts was out-ran and out-foxed throughout his match with Allen, who consistently displayed plenty of superb tactical play and outstanding shots, and was comprehensively beaten 11-6, 11-4, 11-0.

Despite that set-back, Swansea did finish the day on a high note, with number one Phil Regan cruising to an 11-1, 11-7, 11-7 victory over Gloucester’s number one James Hession in the day’s final game.

Swansea University 1sts 4-1 Gloucester University 1sts

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