BOXING: VAUXHALL Motors ABC hosted a successful 10-contest show at the on Friday, writes Christopher Beesley.
Although the home side suffered something of a 'Friday the 13th' horror with eight defeats, they were unfortunate to be edged out in several bouts.
Matchmaker Paul Butler snr assembled another fine bill and most of the contests were keenly fought as a sell-out crowd enjoyed an enjoyable evening of action.
The night started well for Vauxhall as Joel Crossley, later named Best Schoolboy Boxer, defeated Kirkby's James Ferguson with an energetic and gutsy display.
Along with all the other competitors, Joel received his trophies from Vauxhall's star attraction, Senior ABA National Champion, Nick MacDonald, who tipped the youngster as 'one to watch' in the Pioneer last month.
In another schoolboy contest, David Sheils then became the first of seven successive Vauxhall reversals as he was edged out ny Mike Goycson of Kirkby.
Matty Carson found Rotunda's Steven Jones too strong with the referee stopping the contest in his opponents' favour in the second round.
There was more disappointment as Carl McLeod, always a favourite with the Ellesmere Port crowd, lost to Dean Lancaster of Chorley.
Enjoying a superior reach over his opponent, the home corner continued to instruct Carl to stay long and box his opponent from arm's length, but it was not enough for their man to get the verdict.
Paul Butler jnr was also on the wrong end of a decision as his initially patient display against Fox ABC's Karl Plaice failed to bear fruit, with his rival finishing a frenetic third round strongly.
Buster Exell's performance against Kirkby's Peter Gallagher was enough to give him the Best Junior Boxer prize but not enough to avoid defeat.
Tony Lloyd went all the way against Fran Magri of New Bury & Farnworth ABC, but his opponent's prowess from close range ultimately counted.
Sam Crossley showed some nice touches against Sale West's Nathan McKernen when at length, but a determined display from the visitor ensured another home loss.
The crowd were finally given something to shout about when Best Boxer recipient Dion Green overcame Runcorn's Darren Lally.
Dion produced some stylish movement and forced a standing eight count on the way to victory.
The evening closed with a solitary senior contest but Paul Basnett was unable to make it a winning finish as Northside's David Murray kept him on the back foot throughout.
Vauxhall will hold a fundraising dinner at their Sports & Social Club, featuring Everton legends Dave Watson, Derek Temple and Mike Lyons, on Friday, May 27.
The cost is £20 a head and to book your place, call Dave McDonnell on 0151 355 0618 or 0151 350 2859.