RELEGATION-haunted Queens Park Harriers Athletics Club did little to ease their fear of the drop at the penultimate league meeting of the season in Hastings on Sunday.
Not even the first appearance for 14 years of Adi Abu, or promising performances from two debutants could inspire Harriers, who lie 13th of 16 in Southern League Division Three, needing to avoid the bottom two to stay up.
Abu did his best on his return to pick up third in the discus and fourth in the javelin and hammer.
As for the debutants, Jalal El Bahraoudi ran a superb 5000m race, making his way through the field to finish second in 15mins 50secs. He was later runner-up in the 1500m. Fellow first-timer Hollis Davy was fourth in the 400m and 800m, the latter in 2.28.
Damian Bastick picked up the club's only victory with a 25m throw in the B string discus, and he finished second in the 110m hurdles and pole vault, and third in the shot. Three other notable performances came from Troy Lewis, who finished third in the 100m in 11.9secs, in his first race for two years - the fastest time by a Harrier in many a year .
Richard Davis interrupted his holiday in Hastings to grab fourth in the 100m and 200m - not bad for a long distance runner!
And ever-reliable president Brendan Greene claimed second places in the 5000m B race and 1500m, and third in the 800m.