Our 5th team beat a very weak Uni 3 by 3.5 – 0.5 to go 3 points clear in division 5 and now look firm favourites for promotion. There were wins by Mick H, Ronnie & Ken while Maggie drew.
The 2nd team beat Ashfield 1 by 4 – 1 to overtake them in division 1, although Ashfield 1 are still favourites to stay up as they still have bottom placed Grantham 2 to play. Mike N had a good draw with John Molyneux and Steve drew with Steve Burke. Drag, John S & Onos had fine wins over Glenn Halfpenny, David Levens & Jerry Herrington.
Our 4th team also had a good win, 3 – 2 at WB 2. John T & Mick H beat Dylan Meyer & Steve Wootton. Derek played well to draw with Will Atiomo and Maggie drew with Frank Hill. Only Graham lost, to Chris Budd. This keeps Gambit’s slim chances of staying up alive but they have to win their final two matches and hope that both Central 1 and Nomads 2 lose all theirs.
The 3rd team crept closer to relegation from division 2 after a 1.5 – 3.5 loss to WB 1. Peter G-M was the only winner, beating Chris Budd. Keith drew with Matthew Bubis but John H, Brian & Gary all lost, to Robert Richmond, Dushan Malinage & Steve Wootton. They are 6th, one point above Long Eaton and two above Ashfield 3 who have sadly lost their best player, Steve Bak.
Our 1st team will stay up in spite of their worst efforts. They drew at Mansfield to lie 5 points clear of relegation. There were solid draws from Tom, Pete M & Mike N against Jim Burnett, Pete Ackley & Kev Simpson and John S beat Janos Wagenbach, but Mike B had a horrible loss to Ken Morrison.