Played at the Navigation last evening -
Marple A V Macclesfield A Stockport Lge Div One :01/12/16:
1 M Fernandez 1-0 A Soames
2 I Craft 1-0 G Lawrence
3 G Trueman 0.5/0.5 D Risley
4 I Astudillo 1-0 P Cattermole
5 P Kirby 0-1 C Sizeland
6 C Baker 0.5/0.5 N Evans
Plans for this match were disrupted when 45 minutes before kick off we lost one player metaphorically and one literally. Fortunately Chris was able to step in at zero notice and Igor was rescued from deepest Mancunia by Isaac so we were still able to field a strong team. The one unfortunate consequence for Paul and I was that as we would now be playing on odd numbered boards our outlook darkened.
I don't have time for much of a match report but there were good wins for Isaac and Igor on debut and also for Michael who produced an exquisite Bishop sac on b2 to finish matters.To my mind this was more aesthetically pleasing that Magnus' Qh6 job the previous evening. With draws from Chris and myself we were over the line. Paul was unfortunate , he came out of the opening on top but Chris Sizeland eventually turned matters round in the last game of the evening to finish.
Many thanks to all who played/drove and to Neil and persons unknown who set everything up.