Bees extend lead despite Beast from the East

On monday this week the D team traveled to Fenton for a division 4 match before the big freeze took hold. However we came off 2nd best as a spirited Fenton C gained their first victory of the season. A win from Neville Layhe on top board and a draw from young Harry Gardiner on board 4 were not quite enough to salvage any points from the match as the team lost narrowly (score 2.5 – 1.5 to Fenton).

By Wednesday with the freezing weather gripping the country all but one match in the NSDCA was postponed, with the only surviving fixture being our B team at home to Alsager A in division 3. Due to horrific conditions on the road one of the Alsager team got stranded in Congleton and another player arrived too late and lost by default. The two players that beat the elements were left to carry the flag for the visitors. It must have seemed as cold inside the AMAL as it was outside as the Bees froze out their opponents with Ola Titiloye playing superbly on Bd 1 and Amy Lovatt on board 4 to complete a 4-0 win, that does not reflect the great efforts made by Steve and James from Alsager to try and save their team. This result gives the B team a 5 point lead at the summit of division 3 ahead of Newcastle C who have two matches in hand as well as the head to head with our Bees.

Our Wirral team had to postpone the long journey to Buckley/Mold and have re-arranged the fixture for Wed 2nd May.