‘Mixed reception’ for Old Links winners!

allapbola.jpgPRIZE GUYS:  Bolton Old Links team  receive the  trophy from Ian Brooks

THE Manchester Alliance Archie Preston Trophy mixed foursomes  attracted  92 clubs battling to reach the finals at Shaw Hill who hosted the event after winning it last year.

They were beaten in the earlier rounds by Bolton Old Links who went on to the final to meet Hindley Hall, who have reached the stage previously without winning the trophy.

Old Links, who won in 2008, recovered well after losing the first game to Hindley  captain Paul Cottenden and women’s captain Linda Bailey.

Then Old Links took control in some close matches with wins from Chris Bainbridge and Carol Helme, 4&2, Nick Jackson and Sue Hazlitt two up and Mick Wallace and Marie Millar 2&1.

Victory was confirmed with a 5&4 success for Martin Jones and Claire Kennedy over Graham Bailey and Elaine Dawber.

The remaining matches were called in as halves to give Old Links victory by 5&2.

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