Redbrick Sport give their predictions for 2018, discussing the top four and relegation battle as well as the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.Written by Leanne Prescott, alexalton1, Harry Wilkinson & Olli Meek on 13th January 2018
Squash girls edge out Oxford
Birmingham women’s squash thirds came away from the Munrow Centre victorious on Wednesday, after a narrow victory over Oxford’s second team
Birmingham women's squash thirds came away from the Munrow Centre victorious on Wednesday, after a narrow victory over Oxford's second team. Birmingham hadn't played together for a while before the clash; 'It's our ﬁrst game back so we're not too sure about how it'll go' explained Amrisha Ondhia before the start of play.
Considering the lack of recent game time, Birmingham looked remarkably polished and Aytem Ozkuk got the hosts off to the best possible start, winning her tie in straight games despite a far from one-sided match against Jojo Scoble. Scoble had only recently returned from a leg injury and struggled with her movement throughout, in particular when chasing down drop shots, a tactic used by Ozkuk to great effect on a number of points.
On court two, Jennifer Mashford was unable to match Oxford's Amanda Yu, losing the ﬁrst two games 11-6. The third game was a closer affair, with both players moving each other around the court with equal degrees of success but it was Yu who eventually found the extra quality needed to take the ﬁnal game 11-9 and level the contest.
With two matches still to play, the tie was ﬁrmly in the balance. Josie Adams took on Rachel Duffy on court two and moved into a 4-2 lead in one of the best rallies of the day, bringing Duffy in close and putting the point away with a powerfully driven shot to the back of the court.
The ﬁrst game was tightly fought right up to the last point when Adams once more got the better of her Oxford counterpart to take an 11-9 victory. On court one, Ondhia took her ﬁrst two games against Lucy Wyatt 11-9 and 13-11, making a brilliant comeback from 9-3 down in the second, and Birmingham looked good for the victory. Wyatt, however, went on to win the next three games 11-9, 12-10 and 11-8 to take an unlikely win, despite a nasty blow to the head when 8-7 up in the ﬁnal game. However, Adams completed Birmingham's second 3-0 victory of the day, and with Ondhia's two games proving decisive, the win had been secured. 'It was a good effort, we haven't been playing together as a team all that long' said an understandably happy Adams, as Birmingham wrapped up another success in a thoroughly entertaining meeting at the Munrow.