We started our first season in division 3 following last year’s promotion this week. First up was Nomads C at home and looking at their line-up, I expected a tough game. All of the team played well and battled into the night but unfortunately, we succumbed to a 4-2 defeat. An excellent win by Steve Moon and draws for Brendan and Bill, both of whom were probably better in the final position, were our points scorers.
Next up was a trip to Rotherham B – always a pleasant venue to visit with friendly opponents. Unfortunately, our top two boards were unavailable for the game but after a desperate e-mail, I managed to get a full complement of players. Many thanks to those who stepped up to the plate, especially Alexander who had a test at school the next day. To aid Bill’s pre-match preparation I made him suffer football heaven on Radio Sheffield on the drive to Rotherham. A call from Brian the Blade in particular seemed to wind him up somewhat! Once again, I was expecting a tough match and once again the team played above themselves. However, we were to fall to our second 4-2 defeat. Bill was particularly unlucky as we were 3-2 down with just his game left. He valiantly played on in a drawn position trying to secure our first team points of the season but pushed too hard leading to his resignation. Steve Daykin was our only winner on the night with draws for Dave and Brendan.