20 April 2016

A lot depended on tonight’s match – the final one of the season in the main league.  It was the decider as to who came third in Division 3.  That is: who was to be the Top Loser who could brag that they only just missed out on promotion, and who would come in a mid-table fourth.

We went into the match standing 3rd in the table a point ahead of Pudsey B, our opponents tonight.  We only needed a draw to stay ahead of them.  No-one else could touch us.

We lost, alas.  But with honour.  Pudsey’s top 3 boards averaged 154.  Ours: 113.  All the team fought hard but could not withstand the steamroller.  The final score:  Them:  4½.  Us: ½.

So we finish 4th out of 8 in Division 3 in just our 2nd season of existence, three places higher than last year.  That is something we can be proud of – and a good augury for next season.