BOXING: BOTH Ellesmere Port boxing clubs were in action last week and Golden Star ABC were delighted that Ashley Dodd was able to secure his first win.
Appearing on Long Lane ABC's show at the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, on Friday, the 15-year-old beat Jamie Moore of Gemini ABC.
Coach Carl Teasdale said: 'We're all made up for the lad; it was a massive victory for him. Ashley was exceptional and really outworked his opponent. He'd shown some nice touches on his first time out in Wales a few months ago and built on that.'
Ashley Poole, also 15, produced a fine display against Paul Southern of Wigan and although he was judged to have been beaten on points, Teas-dale believes he was unlucky not to get the decision.
He said: 'It was a controversial call and I thought that Ashley was outstanding. He just shaved it and even the Wigan coach agreed that he deserved the win.'
Golden Star's Matty Beaton was also in action for his first senior contest but was defeated by an opponent named Stanton from Long Lane ABC.
Teasdale said: 'Matty wasn't outclassed and he was game throughout. We've got plenty to work with and we're looking forward to developing him.'
However, there was major disappointment for Golden Star's Rob Yandell, who is still waiting for his first contest at the third time of asking.
The 17-year-old had been denied action twice on previous occasions due to opponents withdrawing but this time found that his conditioning had gone too well as he weighed in at 11st 10lb, six pounds too light for his class.
Vauxhall Motors ABC were also in action on Friday at the Bridlington Leisure Centre in York-shire's East Riding.
There were wins for Mason Cartwright against Anwar of Leeds, Adam Wynne against C Tomlinson of Beverley and Buster Exell against J Bottomley of Beverley.
Coach Peter Phelan said: 'Mason boxed well and kept his opponent on the back foot. Adam did well behind his left jab and Buster had far too much for his opponent, who didn't want to know when he produced his nice long right uppercut.'
Dion Green took on Scunthorpe's T Forton but was edged out in his first contest.
Phelan said: 'Dion just ran out of gas against a good, solid kid, but he's a skilful boxer who we're expecting good things from.'