After winning the first 3 team matches of the season, Arden have now lost the last 2 albeit against highly rated opposition, meaning they have slipped from 1st to 3rd position in the winter league.
Last night Birmingham University came out stronger, wining 3-2 in a competitive match that saw only one 3-0 result - our Canadian import Ryan Picken, playing at 2 string.
The previous week's match was also a great contest with local rivals West Warks, who fielded 4 players ranked in the top 100 in the world (3 male, 1 female). Despite that, Arden picked up a win at 4th String for Josh Saysell and narrowly lost 2 of the matches 3-2 (Chris Ryder and Hassan Khalil).
Next week's match is against defending champions Sutton and we are hoping to have Joe Green back in the starting line up and Sam Osbourne-Wylde back from injury.
RyderSquash academy players were out in force at the Manchester silver event this weekend. Hassan Khalil upset the seedings to reach the final of the U17s beating 2 seed Ollie Green before losing 3-1 to Franklyn Smith.
Sam Osbourne-Wylde played up an age-group and fell to the 1 seed in the U17 boys 3-1 and then finished a respectable 7th.
James Averill had 3 five-set matches, winning 2 and losing 1 to finish 11th after drawing the unseeded eventual winner in the first round.
Ali and Smiley Khalil competed in the U11 and U13, finishing 8th and 20th respectively.
Well done everyone. Looking forward to the British National Championships in Nottingham in 2 weeks time.