Chichester crashed to a 5-0 defeat when they travelled to Weybridge to play St George’s Hill in their final away fixture and penultimate match of the season in the Premier Squash League.
To remain in the hunt for a play-off place, a victory was needed - but it was not to be.
From the outset Joe Lee, from St George’s, took control of his match against Robbie Temple and he never let Temple into the contest before closing out a 3-0 victory in double-quick time.
Chichester were without Lauren Briggs but Dominique Lloyd-Walter was certainly tested by Chichester’s stand-in, Annabelle Collins-Ballands. The 11-5, 12-10, 11-8 scoreline highlighted just how competitive it was throughout, but that made it 2-0.
Chichester’s Olly Pett played below his best and hit too many tins to allow Charles Sharpes to go 2-0 up. Pett fought back to draw level and force a decider.
At 7-7 in the fifth Sharpes, finally grasped victory, holding on to take it 11-9 in a match lasting 73 minutes and secure the overall match win for St George’s.
Nafiizwan Adnan could not repeat his 3-2. victory over Tom Richards for Chichester in the home match before Christmas - Richards comfortably wrapped up a 3-0 win.
Jon Kemp took on world No15 Daryl Selby, whom he’d beaten in the home game.
Once again Kemp started well and took the first 11-4. Selby was determined to make it a clean sweep for the Weybridge squad and dominated the match from there and took the next three 11-9, 11-6, 11-1.
The defeat may well have ended Chichester’s hopes of a play-off place.
The last match of the season will be at home to Exeter next Tuesday, March 26. Tickets from Chichester Racquets and Fitness Club on 01243 785664.
Mathematically Chichester could just qualify but it will be extremely tough. Chichester are 15 points behind Exeter, currently second in the table.
Mike Phillips, Chichester team manager, said: “This season has been a great campaign and we have been competitive to the last. The last match will be no different and the squad will undoubtedly fight for every point to try to reach the play-offs.
“The match against Exeter will be all about pride and determination - it promises to be an exciting and entertaining evening of high-class squash. The team spirit is building well and we are moving in the right direction.”