Yorkshire Post Article 7 – 4NCL Weekend 1 – White Rose

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This is an extended version of the column published in The Yorkshire Post on 28th November 2015

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For the first time in several years, we did not start the 4NCL season with a perfect 4 points from 2 matches. However, with so many players unavailable and up against a strong Blackthorne team (who outrated us) in round 1, if I had been offered a draw in that match beforehand I’d probably have accepted. We might have won it, but it’s a point more than we managed against the same opponents last season.

It would have been a disappointment not to have beaten South Wales Dragons, but to do so by a 7.5-0.5 scoreline was a real bonus, especially as board points might be a factor in what looks like being a close group. Normally only Guildford achieve margins as impressive as that. At the time I thought we had been flattered by the final score, but playing though the games I think we just outplayed them and they were lucky to escape with half a point.
No fewer than 3 players achieved 2/2, James Adair, Matthias Gantner and Paul Townsend. We also saw a win by Svetlana on her debut for the team on Sunday. All in all a good weekend for White Rose 1.

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White Rose 2’s introduction to life in Division 1 was (predictably, given the strength of the opposition and the loss of players to the first team) a tough one, but they did have the satisfaction of appearing on the live boards on Sunday, while the first team slummed it in the main playing hall complete with plastic pieces. Peter Shaw got us on the scoreboard with a quick draw against IM Andrew Martin of Guildfrod 2 but nobody else could trouble the scorers.

On day 2 a stubborn defence earned Ihor a draw and we thought we could add to this but despite 6 hours of determined defence Richard Weaving finally succumbed in his top board encounter with IM Andrew Greet.

Report by Paul Townsend and Ihor Lewyk

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