Beckenham and Bromley 5 got a 2-2 draw at Lewisham on 23rd March in their fifth match. Ian Mills had a straightforward win and Andrew Dovey and Martin Newman recorded draws.
On 30th March, Lewisham 5 visited Sidcup, winning 4-0 against a slightly weaker than the normal-looking team.
This leaves us needing to win our sixth match to ensure progression to the semi-final stage. We play at home to Sidcup next week. In fact, four teams are in contention (including Beckenham and Bromley 6 ) for the two places. At present, Beckenham and Bromley 5 are in second place with a game in hand over the leaders Petts Wood and Orpington.
Travelling to the farthest club in the Kent Metropolitan division – Gravesend – our 3rd team managed to draw the match last night. Pascal and Steve drew their games and all the other ones were taken by the Black pieces, with Rudy and Adrian scoring full points for our team.
With one match left in this division, our team doesn’t have the chance to qualify for the semifinals and will fight for fourth place.
Bromley and Beckenham 5 last night secured their second win in the Tom Fuller League with a 2.5 -1.5 win at home to Lewisham 6.
Dylan McAuliffe, playing his first game for the club, pulled off an early win, swiftly followed by Callum Hayes to put us in the position of needing only a draw for the win of the match.
Martin Newman with a strong attack and good position surprised his opponent with a draw offer… duly accepted.
Anthony Barnett later lost, but his importance to the team is not underestimated. The average grade qualification of this competition (1500 over the 4 players) is very difficult to achieve without his inclusion. Ironically, he is proving our top scorer!
So, special congrats to our new members Dylan and Callum.
Our 3rd team had a challenging match last night against Charlton’s first team, especially when facing their two talented juniors on the bottom boards, where Roy drew and Mike lost. Steve was defeated in a close game on board 2 but wins from Rudy and Adrian tied the match in the end.
The club’s first team managed to beat Petts Wood 3.5 v 2.5 in the County Cup on February 4th despite being out-graded on all boards and an average rating difference of 168 points (or 22 points in the ECF old system)!
The team consisted of Ian Snape, John Duggan, Richard Selway, Sam Barlerin, John Lewin and Roy Batchelor.
Ian and John Duggan won, Richard and Roy drew, Sam lost and so with John Lewin playing the final game we needed a draw to win the match. John played really well under clock pressure and it was his opponent, the British U12 Champion from 2019, who cracked. John could have played on but he agreed the draw that gave us our match win.
Our third team has finally played their first match at home and it was a thrilling one. Following three draws and one loss, the team was trailing one point behind but the two remaining games in time trouble were rather favourable, with nice victories from Freddy Jiang and Steve Madden on boards 1 and 3.