Missing key players Jean Boston and Denise Wales, New Mills women’s squash team were under pressure from the start during their home match against Marple on February 18.
There was a welcome return to the team for Cath Denny after an 18-month layoff due to injury. Having not lost any of her stylish play, it was only a lack of match fitness that let her down as she lost her match 3-0.
Di Howe also failed to make any impression, losing by a similar scoreline.
Linda Done moved up to the number one slot and put up a strong defence as she lost 3-0, although the scoreline didn’t show how long and closely-fought her games were.
Joss Garvey took one game off her opponent as she lost 3-1. It was left to Alison Martin to save some credibility, winning a long five-set game 3-2.
Overall, a disappointing points total of 18-4 was the result.
New Mills next face leaders Bollington in the penultimate game of the season.