The Wirral team headed off to Hoylake last night to take on the champions elect. Even though they were weakened with a missing player, their bottom board was still graded just higher than our top board. It was little surprise we suffered defeat but the 0-5 scoreline was harsh as our middle three boards all played heroically before falling at the various final hurdles. The wooden spoon is safely in our hands and with relegation assured we may fair better next season in division 2 of the Wirral League, where we could rotate a larger squad as the opposition will not be so daunting.
Full details of the Wirral League season can be seen from the link under “Teams”
The E team picked up a good point at Newcastle F in a Division 5 match last night. Captain Les Hall sat on the subs bench to allow three youngsters to play. The draw was achieved with a win on bd 1 by Dave Price, and another superb effort by newcomer Amy Lovatt to win on bd 4. The team currently sit 7th in the table and have one match remaining against Cheddleton I next month.
The B team stung back into winning ways last night with a 2.5-1.5 victory at title chasing Newcastle D. There were wins for Karl Lockett on bd 1 and skipper Martin Gill on bd 3, backed up with a draw from Doug Barnett on bd 2. The result still leaves Newcastle D as favourites for the Div 3 title but brings Cheddleton C and D together with Alsager A all into the mix.
The B team remain in 6th place with one match remaining and only trail the league leaders by 3 pts, so close is the competition. Their final match is against Fenton A next week, who currently sit 7th in the table.
A great effort from our D team ended in disappointment last night as we were beaten 1.5-2.5 by Meir C, who clinched the Division 5 title with this result. A win for Martin Gill on top board, and another superb result for junior Amy Lovatt with a draw was not enough to stop Meir. With one more match to play this season the D team (currently 4th) could finish 3rd in the division which would be a creditable end to the team’s second season in the NSDCA.
The D team went to Cheddleton last night to face the host’s I team in a division 5 encounter. The team was well below the opposition’s grade total but pulled out all the stops to come home with a 3-1 win. A top board win for Martin Gill was levelled out by a reverse on board 2. The match was won thanks to outstanding results from our two gardners (Nigel and Harry, who has a little “i” in the middle of his surname) who both managed wins against higher grade players.
This result takes the D team to 4th in the table with 14 pts from 12 matches. Fenton C have already finished their fixtures with 18 pts, while 2nd place Meir C have 17 pts from 13 matches.
The D team face Meir C on Monday and must win again to keep title hopes alive. A loss would mean Meir are champions and a draw would leave Meir and Fenton as joint champions.
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Tonight saw the C team relinquish their fading hopes of winning the Division 4 title. After two recent defeats nothing less than a 4-0 win would end their outside chance. Visitors Alsager B provided stiff opposition as the match ended up in a 2-2 draw. Simon Layhe returned to winning ways on bd 4, with Doug Barnett and Dave Price getting draws on boards 1 & 2 respectively. The C team have just one match left but trail leaders Cheddleton E by 3 pts.
The A team went to the top of the NSDCA Division 2 for the first time in the club’s short history following a win at Newcastle B tonight. First over the winning line was Chris Rhodes on board 5, with a draw soon following for David Hulme on bd 1. Success was assured as Neville Layhe forced home his advantage on board 4 just as Ola Titiloye did likewise on bd 3 to wrap up a good team performance.
The A team face Cheddleton B next month in what is likely to be the title decider with Chedd B currently two points behind us. They have a game in hand against Newcastle C which will be pivotal in determining which team will be leading the table before the decider.
The B team came home with tails between their legs on Monday night, where a whitewash was just avoided against Meir’s A team. A draw on bd 1 by Karl Lockett was all we had to show for our efforts. Even Simon Layhe’s 100% record came to an end as he suffered his first loss of the season. This leaves the B team in 6th place with a 50% record of 12 pts from 12 matches in Division 3 of the NSDCA.
Last night saw our D team play Cheddleton G, alongside the E team against Chedd H. The D team emerged with a 3.5-0.5 win as Chris Rhodes, Les Hall and Dylan Sayers all got a full point to add to Martin Gill’s draw. The win takes the D team up to 4th in the Division 5 table and the outside possibility of a late title challenge.
In the other match the E team put up a great fight against Chedd H but lost 1.5-2.5. There was a first win for newcomer Amy Lovatt on board 3, and a great individual effort from Richard Hind to get a draw against an opponent 79 grading points higher, which I can only assume is Richard’s best ever result !
In other news the club had one of its most successful nights with over 20 members attending including several juniors in coaching sessions and others playing in the club’s winter tournament where Karl Lockett beat David Hulme and Steve Ballantyne had a win.