Edinburgh’s Doug Kempsell offered a brutally honest assessment as Scotland’s men lost a bronze-medal play-off to Germany for the fourth year in a row at the European Team Squash Championships in Herning, Denmark.
Alan Clyne was beaten in the opening rubber by world No.7 Simon Rosner before Greg Lobban gave the Scots fresh hope when he defeated Raphael Kandra in four games. The pressure was on Kempsell and Kevin Moran as they took on Jens Schoor and Rudi Rohrmuller, but the Germans won the final two ties and the match 3-1.
Kempsell battled Schoor for 76 minutes before going down 10-12, 11-9, 6-11, and the 22-year-old admitted: “I’m gutted I couldn’t contribute when it really mattered. I was far too tense and never dealt with it, but I’m proud of the boys to get this far.”
Lobban added: “It’s heart-breaking finishing fourth with nothing to show for our efforts once again, but I hope this team stays together because I love competing with and for them.”