Ds dominant, Es excel and Cs collapse

With three matches to report on this week, Monday saw our D team travel to Fenton C for a 4th division match. A superb performance without normal top board players, saw Doug Barnett elevated to bd 1 and overcome his grade 152 opponent. Junior Lukasz Michalek’s rapidly improving play saw him promoted above skipper Les Hall to bd 3 and with full justification as he added another full point together with captain Les to make it a 3-1 success. This result leaves the team mid-table with 7 pts from 8 games.

Wednesday night it was the turn of the C & E teams to play at home against Alsager “A” and Stafford B respectively.

The C team had a shocker and fell to bottom of the table Alsager leaving skipper Dave Price red faced, as they lost the chance to overtake our B team at the top of the table. Our points in the 1.5-2.5 reverse came from a draw by Karl Lockett on bd 1 and a win for Amy Lovatt on bd 2.

Meanwhile the “E” team had a comfortable night as ran out 3.5 – 0.5 winners against 3-man Stafford. A draw on bd 2 by Julian Bulbeck secured the result after the default win was added to Adam Fields’ success on bd 4 and Simon Layhe duly converted bd 1 as well. This win takes the Es to 16 pts from 10 matches in 2nd place of division 5, with a mountain to climb as they chase leaders Cheddleton H at the summit who have amassed 21 pts from 11 matches.