Squash players set for final countdown – but will they go up?

HYDE’S squash players are gearing up for their final calling as they go for glory.

But they are not yet sure of they will join the North West’s elite after earning the right.

The five players from Hyde Cricket and Squash Club will go head-to-head with those of Rochdale Cricket, Lacrosse and Squash Club at the North West Counties Grand Final in Manchester on Saturday, May 11.

Having won division two West of the North West Counties Squash League, they now go for the grand title as they take on the winners of division two central.

However, Steve White from the club revealed that with promotion to division one already secured, Hyde may not take it up.

He said: “It’s possible that we may not accept promotion.

“Division one is semi-professional and there are players in there who are ranked in the top 10 or top 20 in the world.

“As a result, we may have to bring in new players and that may upset ones already at the club.

“Also, it has a different match night. Division two is played on Thursdays while division one takes place on a Tuesday, which is the most popular night where members play social games.

“If we decide to move match nights to Tuesday, members may decide they cannot play.

“Getting to the finals and promotion is a great achievement for a club of our size but we’ll have to decide whether to go up – that will most likely be made after the finals.

“We’ll sit down at the club with all the members and work out what to do and find out if they’re prepared to do it.

“I’ll speak to the members and the members will make the decision

Hyde actually have an injury worry ahead of their big day as number two player Jordan Jozefczyk has to get over a burn on his arm sustained away from the court.

If he does not make it, White will move up from number four to number three.

“All five players from each club play each other but we’ve won the vast majority of our games,” he added. “Steve Gregory is our club number one.

“But the finals are a big thing for us. It was good to win the division quite comfortably but this provided added motivation to keep training and keep on going.

“We’re now trying to prove ourselves as the best side in division two.”

It is not just the first team that has had a successful season. Hyde’s second team finished second in division three central south while the third and fourth teams finished comfortably placed in division four south.

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