When was the last time a club had two 5-0 results in the same week? Unfortunately only one of them went our way.
Our 4th team, whose aggregate age was about 275 years more than WN 4’s, were all in the bar well before 10pm. Keith, in for John who was celebrating a landmark birthday, patiently beat Alexandra Archalova who had begun brightly. Mick also had to face an enthusiastic start by Kian Chan before taking over with Kian having to give up his queen to prevent mate. Derek took control early on and won comfortably against Arjuna Mendis. Graham totally confused Mankaran Punglia in the opening. Maggie, after a bit of defending, countered with a mating attack. This win moves our 4th team to the top of division 4, above WN 3 on ‘goal difference’ with both having played 6 matches.
Our 2nd team went to Mansfield hoping they might rotate their team but Mansfield, in 6th place and possibly with last season’s draw in mind, fielded all 3 big guns. Drag faced Jon Tait’s Schliemann and winged it during the opening, emerging ok, only to make a small mistake to give Jon the initiative. Jon still had to tread carefully to avoid Drag’s mating threat, and very nearly allowed a queen sacrifice that would have secured Drag a draw. Onos gave Pete Ackley a slight edge and Pete is very good at converting these positions. John, doing ok, played a speculative knight for two pawns sac on h6 which Jim Burnett happily accepted before calmly taking control. Jose uncharacteristically misplayed the opening and found himself an exchange down, but he made Ken Morrison work hard for the full point. Steve’s passive play gave Chris Cantrill the initiative which he never let slip. After our brief flirt with top spot we are now back in our more traditional 6th place and looking forward to our perennial battle with Ashfield 1 to avoid relegation.