|Posted by Martin Pinner on June 12, 2017 at 5:35 AM|
Royston finished fourth this year, exactly in mid-table. But that was not how the season felt. We were in contention for top spot for most of it and only finished two points behind the winners, after falling away at the end of the season. Highlight of the year was Kevin beating Evgeny Tukpetov, who was graded 229. Team performance of the year came in the same fixture when we beat Hemel Hempstead away, despite being heavily out-graded.
The story of the year from my point of view was the difficulty in getting a side out. 18 different players were asked to play for the team (12 actually played). The two regulars were Kevin and myself, who played all 12 games. We defaulted 2 boards during the season, away to Watford and Bishop’s Stortford respectively. I must thank the players from the second and third teams who stepped in, often at short notice and often for away games. Where we could field one or more of the top players then we generally did well. If we could do that more regularly I believe we would be in contention for the title.
Next season, there needs to be a pool of players who are committed to play for the first team, and who can make the bulk of the fixtures.
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