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SQUASH: Injury sidelines Thomas for season.

Byline: MIKE McEVOY

PRESTATYN'S top player Mark Thomas is out for the season after chipping a bone in his foot.

The former North Wales singles champion injured himself playing in a North Wales Counties match and will be out of action for a month or even six weeks.

``It's a real bind and means I won't be able to help the team in its fight against relegation from Division One of the North Wales League,'' sighed St Melyd star Thomas, who is fighting to regain fitness in time to make his debut for Wales in the veterans Home International championships at Nottingham next month.

Without him, struggling St Melyd lost 3-2 in their match at Phoenix Seconds despite twice leading through wins from teenager Mark Carnell and Nick Wilson before Andy Bunning,Nigel Yorke and Ian Davies tipped the verdict.

Phoenix Firsts made it a club double, beating third-placed rivals Saints of Prestatyn to close up on pacemakers Dragons of Chester, who were without a game.

Steve Daborn and Ian Carpenter twice put Saints in front but second-placed Phoenix recovered for Mark Davies, Geraint Jones and Kevin Jones to tip the balance.

Deeside Firsts lost ground in a 4- 1 fall at Chester Rugby to join the relegation worriers, only Alistair Mutch averting a wipeout, while all-conquering Le Sport Nomads made it nine wins in nine starts with a 4-1 victory at Mold in their top v bottom encounter.

Flint Juniors Firsts boosted their chances of joining Le Sport Nomads in Division One next season after seeing off Beaufort Park Firsts 4-1.

FOLKESTONE- RACECOURSE. CO.UK CLASSIFIED STAKES (CLASSE) 5f 3yo plus pounds 3,487 1000-0 BLACKHEATH 20 (D)D Nicholls 7-9- 3. .....PDobbs7 246413BYO 5 (D)M Quinn 5-9- 3. .....................JP Spencer1 3-0360 MANGUS 35 K Cunningham-Brown9-9- 3. .CCatlin 3 40400 TONG ICE 237 (B)B Pearce 4-9- 3. ....DKinsella (3)5 50/00BUGALOO BAND 286 JJenkins 6-9- 0. ......EAhern8 600-04 DANCEHALL DARCY 24(B)A Charlton 4-9-0 .............................................................PFitzsimons2 70000PEYTO PRINCESS 168M A Buckley 5-9- 0. J Bramhill 6 816014RIVERDAYS 3 (B,T;BF;D)Miss G Kelleway 5-9-0 ..................................................................DHolland 9 940622 STAND BY 8 B Pearce 6-9- 0. ......................BDoyle 4 2002:Palawan 6-8-13 LKeniry 3-1(IBalding) drawn (2) 6 ran.

BETTING: 9-4 River Days, 3 Byo, 7-2 Peyto Princess, 6 Stand By, 8 Blackheath,10 DancehallDarcy, 33 BugalooBand,40 Others.

FORM GUIDE: RIVER DAYS 9-4fav (10-0)Led, soon headed, stayed prominent,chased leader over 2fout, ridden and weakened final furlong,4th of 13,4 1/2lbehind If By Chance (9-10)at W'hampton 6f hcp 0-70 (E) std. BYO 6-1(9-3)Held up,headway over 1fout, stayed on near finish, 3rd of 12,1lbehind Jayanjay (913)at Brighton 5f hcp 0-75 (E) frm. PEYTO PRINCESS 20-1(9-8) Raced centre,always behind, 1. ..of 20, 24l behind Danielle's Lad (9-10)at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-80 (D)hvy in Oct. STAND BY 8-1(91)Chased leaders, ridden 2f out,every chance well inside final furlong, ran on, 2. ..of 16, shd behind Sergeant Slipper (8-12)at Southwell 5f hcp 0-60 (F) fbs. BLACKHEATH 20-1(9-3)Raced stand side,chased leaders, ridden over 2fout,kept on one paced, 8th of 20,10lbehind Johnston's Diamond (9-2)at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-70 (E) gd in Mar. DANCEHALL DARCY 66-1(9-6)Led, headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong,4th of 12,4 1/2l behind Glencoe Solas (8-7)at Kempton 6f mdn stk (D) gd in Mar.

BUGALOO BAND 16-1(8-13)Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and no impression from over 1fout,8th of 15,4l behind Alexander Ballet (8-11)at Bellewstown 5f mdn stk gd in Jul.
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Date:Apr 15, 2003
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