NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE (3)
Fechin Mc Cormick
The third and penultimate Northern Premier League match of this summer took the club on yet another visit to the Moorways Stadium in Derby. To re-cap! After match one the club competing as City of Manchester, were 4th behind Derby, Preston and Kingston-on-Hull. In the second match, last year’s title holders, Preston AC took pole position with City of Manchester in second and much better placed to achieve the year’s objective to improve on its 2013 result when the club finished narrowly behind Preston by one point.
The men’s sprints again showed how this is the club’s best section with Aaron Crowley (100m), Clovis Asong (100m) and Umar Hameed (200m) all winning maximum points and Bhekunzi Dube just missing out. Other maximum points ‘A’ scorers were Josh Ugantayo (800m), Alex Wort (110mH), John Nichols (Discus), James Davies (LJ), Adam Howell (TJ) and Seun Okomo (HJ). Again, our multi-eventers Josh Mouland and Alex Wort were like gold-dust for their value in the amount of points they won competing in six disciplines. The endurance events were better filled than in the past with Gary Lyons, Dave Marsh, Mike Kilmartin and Jake Spilsbury toughing it out with every ounce of energy on the hot afternoon.
Our ladies also showed their prowess but, again, there were far too many gaps that inevitably diminish the team performances of their colleagues. Many could take a leaf from the likes of Amy Williams who, though injured and feeling unwell, travelled from her English Schools Championships in Birmingham where she won her bronze triple-jump medal, just to compete for the club and won maximum points with a jump that, even though injured, was a class above the rest.
Sochi Olympian for GB in the bobsleigh, sprinter Rebecca Wilson and colleague Zavia Hill also flexed their competitive muscles (see photo!!!!) with fine individual sprint victories and in the 4 x 100m relay. Abi Heywood also bagged maximum team points in the long jump as did Annie Williams in the long jump and pole vault. Rebecca Linney, though dissatisfied with her 800m, banked a valuable number of team points and was more pleased with her 400m ‘B’ victory and the 4 x 400m relay. Her little sister, Abi Linney also showed lots of exciting promise in her 800m ‘B’ race.
Alison Rodger and Jasmine Burke did brilliant to cover all the throws with much success and, therefore, team points. What will we do next year without Alison who’s been such a colossal club servant in all the throws? She’s been Sale’s indispensable thrower and Scotland’s best hammer thrower for more than fifteen years. We wish her well for her future and more immediately as she represents Scotland in the Commonwealth Games on her home territory. Such is Alison’s great personal and athletic abilities, we hope she’ll continue her long associations with the club. We mustn’t lose her!
Again, the endurance events were the club’s weakest but a big and special thanks to Ciara Lydon (and her mum) for travelling all the way to Derby to run the 3000m. Likewise, Lauren Bowen was a great club asset and the club’s only representative in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Thanks!
The club would readily have won the match (and possibly the league) had more athletes supported their competing colleagues. As it was, we finished 2nd to Wakefield Harriers but equal top with them in the overall standings. We have it all to play for, therefore, in the final match at Blackburn on August 9th. Let you support your competing colleagues by fill every discipline at the final match and ensure a victory that showcases your club at its very best
Posted 15/07/2014 07:27