Bottom three deliver the goods in Newton victory
NEWTON Abbot men were grateful to their bottom three for securing a 3-2 (18-8) win at Fort Stamford.
Steve Davey won a long five setter 3-2, after holding a 2-0 lead before letting his opponent take the next two to level. Davey took the decider 16-14.
Strings three and four, Nigel Bell and John Sharpe both won in three, Bell's training regime since his first outing paying dividends as he took the third 15-5.
Second string Dave Brown twice led in his tie before losing the decider 18-16.
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Number one Lee Curtis also failed to hold on to a 2-1 lead as he slipped to a 3-2 defeat though picking up valuable points in the process.
The seconds maintained their unbeaten record and stay second in the early table.
Rob Muddeman, Martin Hember and Dan Gough all won 3-0 to give Newton a 3-2 win at Devon and Exeter 6.
Newton Abbot 4 are also unbeaten after two matches and stand at the top of Division Three of the Devon league following their comprehensive 5-0 (20-3) win at Marsh Road over Sidmouth.
Steve Lewis, Luke Ruderham and Matt Whalley all won in three, Nick Whalley in four and only Mark Hedge taken to five.
Adam Smart continued his promising start to league squash with a rewarding 3-2 win over the experienced Betty Blair as the fifths played host to Exeter Golf and Country Club 3.
The home side took a 2-1 lead, Darren Mutton also winning in five at five and Mark Hedge losing in four, leaving Newton needing just one win from either Jason Williams or Kevin Smart to take the tie. Both lost, giving Sidmouth a 3-2 win.
The Ladies started their league campaign with mixed results. The first team played host to near neighbours Torquay with the visitors going home with a 20-5 points haul.
Jane Parmenter and Anne Scott both battled well in 2-3 defeats to Loren Smith and Helen Paley respectively.
Dawn Widdicombe went down in four to Melodie Ripley. Julie Stevens lost 3-0 to Janine Roberts and top string Val Moulton proved too strong for Claire Simmonds.
The seconds had success at Clennon Valley as they beat Paignton 4-1 (17-7). There were wins for Karen Windeatt, Rose Wood, Sharon Brown and Sue Hember with just top string Denise Corby failing.