Sunderland Squash Club’s newly formed fourth team got off to a flying start with a 4-1 win over Chester-Le-Street.
Two experienced teams faced off at Ashbrooke, but Sunderland’s extra fitness and movement proved the difference in hot conditions.
However, the home side didn’t have it all their own way. Michael Brown falling to a quick 3-0 defeat to Colin Barwick in the 4th string.
And when Andy Trafford gave away a two game lead to see the 3rd string tie levelled at 2-2, Ashbrooke looked on the brink of defeat. However he dug deep to win the 5th game and level the rubber at 1-1.
Skipper Steve Paisley then put the hosts in command of the tie, with a convincing 3-0 win over Geoff Miller in the 5th string match.
Chester were still in with a chance with two battles going on in the 1st and 2nd positions, but when Keith Roberts earned a 3-1 victory the tie was sealed.
That left Craig Myers to ensure a 17-8 victory for the Sunderland side, as he won a nail biting 2nd string game 3-2, 15-14 in the 5th.
It was a convincing victory for the clubs newest team, against a side who should be one of the strongest in the division.
They will look to continue their great start away to Ashington on Tuesday October 3.