Southbourne B 2.5 Southbourne A 1.5, B&DCL Div 1; Len Laker wins the decisive game for B team
5 Jan. Both Captains, Brian Curran for “B” and Martin Simons, “A” reported a close match. In fact, the top 3 boards were drawn and the only winner was Len Laker who beat David Bryant – David was deputising for an ill Jon Catchpole. Board 3 between Grzegorz Sawicki (B) and James Forster (A) ended dramatically. It went down to just 5 minutes each, neither player keeping score and Martin commenting “plenty of illegal moves by Grzegorz as he was trying to win with a rook and rook’s pawn v knight. Whilst exciting to watch, it was almost comical at the end as Grzegorz had less than 20 seconds left on his clock!”. Martin reflected “Looks as though we (A team) could be in a relegation dogfight”.
The result left the club’s Div 1 teams with contrasting challenges for the final 4 matches. Southbourne B are Championship challengers, now equal 2nd with Wimborne A and just a point behind leaders Poole A. The other team with title aspirations is Poole B who beat Poole A 3-1 the previous evening. But as Martin commented, Southbourne A will be fighting to maintain Div 1 status and their next match is at home to Wimborne B, 2 points behind in 6th place. The teams drew the reverse fixture 2-2 earlier in the season