To their credit every member fought 'tooth and nail' for each point gained and had they not been deserted by the distance men, would have assuredly won the trophy. As it was, their failure by only six points in the senior competition still gave them a best-ever total of 27 points to the 33 of Wirral A.C. who won the trophy by virtue of their 2-mile team triumph in which Wallasey fielded a scratch team.
It was in this event, however, that, the pluckiest performance the day was put up by Mike Teahan, who competed despite having a plaster cast removed from a broken ankle only a week before.
This sort of club spirit was apparent throughout the whole match, the results of which were: -
7 ins.; Javelin, Mike Teahan 1st with a personal best throw of 136ft., with Ray Ellis backing up in 4th place; high Jump, Ray Ellis won with 5 ft 4ins. and Carl Gee 3rd with 4ft, 10 ins Discus, C. Gee 3rd 118 ft. 3 ins.; 2 mile team of Bernie Smith, Mike Teahan and Carl Gee 3rd with 30 points; 1 mile medley relay team, also 3rd, in 4 mins. 2.2 secs. Senior results: 1st Wirral A.C. 33 points, 2nd Wallasey 27 points, 3rd Pilkington A.C. 13 points.
John Watkins gave the youths' team a flying start by winning the 100 yards in 10.5 secs. after a beautiful run in which he was never seriously challenged right from the gun. He went on to win the long jump with a creditable l7ft. 81/2 ins. and was supported in this by Eric Kendrich, who was 3rd after he had thrown into 2nd place in the javelin with a personal-best 139ft. 10 ins. These two combined with Les Watcham and Robin Tarrant in the 4x110 yds. relay in which they finished 3rd. Before this Robin and Les had combined with David Burns to take 3rd place in the 1 mile team race. The final scoring was: 1st Pilkington 23 pts., 2nd Wallasey 15 pts., 3rd Manchester and D.L.C. 8 pts.
Today there is a training run, and next Saturday sees the final track match at Warrington of which details will he given next week.