Ok I missed the Telford Shifnal A v Priorslee lions match but the result was a crushing defeat for the Lions ,going down 4.5-0.5. Basically leaving the team with not alot to play for, being a 2 horse race at the top of the division and the bottom 2 also being cast a drift from the field, just wait and see where we finish in the mid table positionings.
The second half of the season is a mirror images of the first so this should be a report on Shrewsbury A ,but due to the snow and ice this game was cancelled and I dont know when the rearranged fixture will be yet so it's Church Stretton.
Oh dear the man I just can't seem to beat "Trevor Brotherton" well although the outcome of the game was the usual, I must confess to feeling like I might have just got over the hurdle. I suppose simlar to a boxing match where the champ wins but has to acknowledge he was lucky to come through it with a win. I obviously knew who to expect to be playing so decided to play a little less ambitiously than is my normal game and it was doing the trick for much of the game ok I lost but after analysis we both thought it was level but with quite a complicated ending which again gave chances to both but would probably end drawn.But as it was the first time Ive managed to play Trevor and not blundered early felt pleased that I'd done myself justice at last and shaken the monkey off my back. But on a negative he still remains the one of the big 3 that I have'nt beat.( the big 3 being ,the 3 chess players in the county that have been at the top since I started playing chess Nigel , Nick and Trevor ok there are players with higher grades than some but for me personally growing up they've always been the 3 to target. Anyway back to the match as ever one eye on the game next to me ,again seeing Glyn get to play aggressively against a rather pacif Steve Rooney (Steve is always better when he attacks) wishing to swap places I could see so many ways which Glyn could throw the kitchen sink at him had to result in a win for Glyn barring a blunder. It was nice to have Jim back on 3 he's a very strong board 3 player in our league and was playing the stubborn Mr Whittaker a very solid player, but he had gone into one of Jim's favourite openings and been forced to swap a piece for 2 pawns compensation of sorts but 2 pawns without position is basically just lost as was to prove as Jim just carried on applying the pressure, much to his joy after the game he came over to me saying I played one of your moves, basically saying he won with a cheap trick to win a rook ,how dare he (as if I like cheap tricks). I don't really know what happened on board 4 apart from the result which was Andy losing to Graham Sheperd to be honest a little surprized at. Board 5 seemed to be one of the most intresting of the matches between Francis Rooney and John Tunks because every time I looked at it the advantaged had seemed to change from one player to the other and back again, so I suppose the only result could ever be was a draw.
Priorslee Lions Vs Church Stretton
W Bates (165) 0 T Brotherton (185) 1
G Pugh (161) 1 S Rooney (161) 0
J O'Neil (157) 1 J Whittaker (144) 0
A Tunks (144) 0 G Sheperd (129) 1
J Tunks (127) 0.5 F Rooney (115) 0.5
2.5 - 2.5