VOLLEYBALL: ELLESMERE Port Eels stayed top of the Division Three Men's National League after a weekend of mixed fortunes.
They started with a comfortable win against City of Preston. Without playing particularly well, they were able to give their entire squad a run-out in taking the match 3-0 (28-26, 25-19, 25-19). Richie Williams was the Eels MVP despite playing with a sprained ankle.
Unbeaten Sheffield Hallam was always going to be a tougher challenge and proved it by winning in four sets. England junior Sam Booth was the Eels' MVP. Eels remain top but this is expected to change once Sheffield play their games in hand.
The Eels, who have moved some of the training sessions to the Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, are next in action on Saturday, November 13 at Whitby High School against top North West side City of Salford in round two of the National Cup (12.30pm).
The Eels travelled to Alsager last Friday evening with a depleted squad but came out comfortable 25-18, 25-15, 25-16 winners against Crewe & Alsager College in the men's Merseyside League.
Ex-Salford National League player Steve Greenhall made his Merseyside League debut for the Eels and played his part in an impressive win. Ukrainian player Sasha Skydan was Eels' MVP with a dominating hitting performance through the left wing.
The Eels Ladies won the Des Jeffers Cup, the traditional season opener for the Merseyside League campaign.
They did so without losing a match in their five qualifying games and by defeating rivals Wirral in a close-run final.
This is the first time for many years that both the men's and ladies' Merseyside Opens have been won by the same club. The Eels' link with Whitby School was strengthened by the fact that Whitby players Lynsey Wayman and Bev Henning were part of the winning Eels team.