We entertained Chorlton last night and this was our last realistic chance of avoiding relegation. The evening started well - they were missing several first team players and although they were still pretty strong we certainly had a chance of pulling something off. Dave Broadbent's decision not to have a punt on us at 1,000-1 was beginning to look a bit foolish......
Alas, it wasn't to be. We just didn't turn up on the night.
John 1/2 Piotr Niedbal (176)
John had a significant edge but his opponent played well and forced a draw.
Steve 1/2 Austin Elliott (174)
Steve was very comfortable throughout and was offered a draw which he eventually accepted when he realized the match result had slipped against us.
Keven 0 - 1 Dennis Owen (160)
Kev put up a decent show and competed well but eventually lost on time. There was a little bit of "attitude" in this one when his opponent queried Kev's castling technique with a 2 handed shuffle but all was resolved later.
David T 0 - 1 Stan Foulkes (160)
David is normally the last to finish and is doggedly solid but unfortunately something went wrong here and he lost material and the game.
Tudor 1/2 Graham Phythian (129)
This game was played at rapidplay pace and with many exchanges with Tudor equalizing comfortably for the draw.
Paul 0 - 1 Alan Beresford (130)
I faced a double fianchetto defence and never really came up with the right plan and eventually lost a pawn running out of time.
So we have just one more match left - against the mighty Stockport, and we'll be without Reed and Tranter. Mr Broadbent was clearly no fool to keep his money in his pocket! Our odds have probably now slipped out to 5,000-1.