Monday, April 16, 2012

Fenton Into Final Of Jackson Cup

Fenton scraped into the Final of the Jackson Cup by the skin of their teeth last night. The match against Cannock was drawn 2.5 - 2.5 but we got through on board count, thanks to a last gasp win by Rob Taylor on Board 2 to pull the fat out of the fire. Two late withdrawals meant that we didn't have as strong a team as we would have liked but we got off to a flyer when Steve won his game on Board 3 fairly comfortably. This was followed by a draw on Board 1 for Derrick, putting us 1.5 - 0.5 in the lead. Unfortunately, Stuart and Mike on Boards 4 and 5 were struggling and both eventually lost, putting us 2.5 - 1.5 down and needing to win on Board 2 to tie the match and put us through on board count. Anything else and we were out of it. Rob was the hero of the night again, emerging from a difficult middle game unscathed and going on to win 2 pawns and eventually checkmating his opponent. We now play Lichfield in the Final on Wednesday 16th May at Stafford.