SQUASH: Chester RUFC's poor end-of-season run continued with a home defeat to David Lloyd Manchester.
With only one professional available due to injury and tournament commitments, it was never going to be an easy night for Chester.
Chester's one remaining professional Jethro Binns, who was also carrying a back injury, looked as though he might defy the odds with a brave performance against Phil Barker as he took a 2-0 lead. But Barker weathered the storm and took control of the match before Binns retired, clearly restricted in his movement.
Drewe Williams, brought in from the second team, showed his true potential with a convincing 3-1 victory over Steve Tadwell to level the match.
Nick Gatward, suffering from a tweaked hamstring, was dropped down to number four and lost 3-1 to Manchester's Carl Hardy.
Promoted to number three, Chester's Jonathan Davies started brightly against higher ranked opponent Ben Blocksidge. After taking the first, he had a big lead in the second, but was unable to convert it, allowing Blocksidge to take control and clinch the match 3-1.
The final match on the court saw one of England's star professionals, Shaun LeRoux, facing Chester's old campaigner Jonathan Clark.
Clark took the first game, but LeRoux's physical strength was too much on the day and he made it 4-1 for David Lloyd Manchester. nFormer Chester pro Peter Nicol struck gold twice at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. After claiming the men's singles title, he teamed up with Lee Beachill to retain their doubles crown. The England duo beat Australians Stewart Boswell and Anthony Ricketts 7-9 9-7 9-1 10-8.