Broadstairs     1½                Folkestone     5½ 

1 David Faldon (175) 0-1         Jim Bayford  (197)
2 Alan Gosman (151) 0-1         Leon Wooldridge (188)
3 Bob Page (145) 0-1         Jo Schultz (186)
4 Paul Carfrae (131) 0-1         John Atherton (167)
5 Bob Cronin (112) 0-1         Matthew Cussens (138)
6 Andy Flood (111) ½-½         David Erwee (108)
7 Tom Lovegrove (92) 1-0         Chris Siebert (102)

David Faldon writes:

Our second match of the new season got off to a bad start at about 7.15 when Folkestone turned up, sealing our fate. They’d brought a very strong team, which I guess we should take as a compliment. The board 5 game was over in a flash and board 4 didn’t last much longer: 0-2. All of the other games were very hard fought but in every case (bar board 7) the Broadstairs players were on the defensive for the most part. The third result came in on board 6 where Andy got a draw rather against the run of play. After that normal service was resumed. At about 10.30 Folkestone took a decisive four point lead when Alan on board 2 missed a nasty fork trick after holding his own with great determination for three hours. Tom’s well-deserved win on board 7 made no serious dent in Folkestone’s lead and the board 1 game finished just in time for the team to adjourn to the pub to drown our sorrows. Actually, we weren’t that down afterwards. A 30 to 40 grading point gap is huge in terms of expected results and most of the games were much closer than would have been expected. We’ll get them next time. Until then, many congratulations to Folkestone on their victory.

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