Weeks 27 & 28 – Gambit 4 are down

Our 4th team lost to leaders Grantham 3 3.5 1.5 so are now bottom of div 3 on 6 points, three points adrift of 5th placed Central 1. It was always going to be a difficult season after getting promoted last season.

Our 5th team had a blip after an administrative error. Captain Ken was without Mick and Maggie for the match v Central 3 and asked who was still eligible. He was incorrectly told that Onos was (only Gary and Peter GM are) and asked him to play. Onos won his game v Mick Frings to give our 5th team a 3-1 win but as he was ineligible the board result was reversed and 1/2 point transferred to Central 3 to give them a 2.5 – 1.5 win. Gambit 5 are still top of div 5, 3 points clear of Uni 2 and Uni 3 but Uni 3 have a match in hand.

Our 3rd team got a valuable point at leaders Uni 1 in div 2 and lie 5th on 10 points with Newark 2 6th on 9, Long Eaton 7th on 8 and Ashfield 3 bottom on 7. Newark 2 look most likely to go down as they have to play 3 of the top 4 teams while 6 points have to be distributed between the other 3 teams at the bottom who have to play each other.

Our 1st team look as if they’ll finish in the top 4 in division 1, but have an important role in deciding who might go down as they still have to play against 8th placed Grantham 2 and 7th placed Ashfield 1. Gambit 2 picked up two important points at WN 1 to join Ashfield 1 on 8 points but with a vastly superior ‘goal difference’. Ashfield 1 have good opportunities to pick up a point or two v either Gambit 1 or Newark 1 but our 2nd team have to play Mansfield 1 and Grantham 1 so Ashfield 1 are slight favourites to edge out our 2nd team for the 3rd season in a row.

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