It's never easy facing Stockport A and last night was no different - even though they were missing 4 or 5 of their other stars. We got stuck in though and competed well and even managed to avoid the dreaded whitewash! Brief highlights below, although I didn't see too much of the other games as I was too much under the cosh myself.
1 - 0 Allan Beardsworth (215) v John
John was up against Nigel Short's old school chum and had a go by pushing some pawns forward but unfortunately one of them got picked off and Allan then showed his technical ability.
1/2 Andy Reeve (203) v Geoff B
Man of the night Geoff soaked up some early pressure but was then able to equalize and was offered the draw. Well done Geoff! A great result.
1 - 0 Alan A Smith (194) v Keven
Kev seems to be enjoying life in Division 1 and plays with a smile on his face. He got some early pressure in his game but unfortunately his opponent turned it around later on.
1/2 Mike Crowther (166) v Jim
Man of the night Jim (yes, there were at least 2 last night) did a great job against the always tricky City fan and produced an assured display for a solid result.
1 - 0 Mike Taylor (165) v Tudor
Tudor went the full distance and caused his usual problems but just got edged out in the end.
1 - 0 Mike Tunstall (156) v Paul
In an opposite castling game I was under pressure but managed to get double R's on the half open g file attacking his K. With my other pieces well placed I thought I had some late counterplay before I blundered badly although I think I was losing anyway.
So, on a positive note this was our best result so far this season. The only way is up.