ASHBOURNE Squash Club are one win away from securing back-to-back promotions and continuing a Lazarus-style rise from the ashes.
After the first team disbanded at the end of last season, the second team, then in the bottom division of the Derbyshire Squash League, took on the mantle as the town’s principal outfit.
They earned promotion to Division Four that campaign, and are now on the cusp of reaching Division Three after another strong performance in a resounding 5-0 win against Chesterfield-based visitors Queen’s Park.
They won by 20 sets to one in a near-perfect display and are now challenging leaders Duffield fifths for the title.
Ewen Tanner, playing at number three, was the star of the show, as he was rarely tested on his way to a 9-3 9-5 9-4 victory against Mike Craven.
This followed similarly straightforward wins for Tom Machell (9-6 9-5 9-7) against John Pearson and James Archer (9-6 9-3 9-6) against Dean Brewin.
Peter Fox was slightly more tested in the first set of his 10-9 9-2 9-7 win over Graham Reynolds, before a first set was dropped in Sven Rowan’s 10-8 4-9 9-6 9-4 success against Chris Respinger.
Victory against Burton fifths at home next month would secure promotion with a game to spare and build on a successful period for the club, who recently held their Handicap Trophy finals, which saw previous holders Fox and Tanner edged out by first-time winner Rowan.