Preston 2 v Lytham 1

Division A Wed 4th Dec 2019
BoardHomePreston 2Lytham 1Away
1 (B) 194A
G
Jowett, Peter E
1 - 0
G
Cooper, John G
170B
2 (W) 173C
B
Reaney, Conor
0 - 1
B
Gallagher, Rob
158C
3 (B) 160B
S
Taylor, Phillip J
1 - 0
S
Raynor, Philip N
145C
4 (W) 158D
B
Thompson, Peter
1 - 0
S
Aspinall, David E
140A
5 (B) 138C
B
Pidcock, Alan
½ - ½
B
Wilson, Peter A
145D
Total8233½ - 1½Total758

Last update Phil Taylor Thu 5th Dec 2019 10:51. Reported by Phil Taylor Thu 5th Dec 2019 10:51. Verified By

Comments

The scoreline does not accurately reflect the match as Lytham were on top for over an hour despite being outgraded on most boards.
Boards 1 and 5 looked even and on the others I thought Lytham had very promising positions. Rob Gallagher was very solid against Conor Reaney, who's pawns seemed misplaced and Rob managed to wrap up a win without too much difficulty.
I was under severe pressure from Philip Raynor and Peter Thompson was little better against David Aspinall. The next game to finish was board 5 where Alan Pidcock and Peter Wilson agreed a draw.
In the latter stages of the match the tide turned in Preston's favour as David Aspinall made a fatal blunder and lost to Peter Thompson. Whilst I was still under pressure I managed to get reasonable counter play and eventually found a tactic based on the vulnerability of Phil's king position and forced an unlikely win.
On board 1 John Coopers resistance eventually came to an end and Peter Jowett won to make the match score a flattering one based on the balance of play for much of the night. Commiserations to Lytham who put up a very creditable fight.