Polytechnic followed up its disappointing (in more ways than one) foray into the Scottish National League with more encouraging results.
From the getgo, things felt better. Opponents chatty, lighting improved, more space, and we knew where we were going, the time control and everything!
And we got two games.
Both were against "Queens Park" sides (renamed Govanhill Mob). We won 4-1 against the B team, and the A team turned out to be of similar strength, and went down 3.5-1.5. Nick remains with a 100% score, and Lewis undefeated.
The improved results made us less upsettled by the (largely quiet) dogs brought along by one of the organisers (out of happenstance), or indeed the stooshie that occurred between one player and the arbiters which got very noisy and a tad aggressive. Not sure whether this was connected to a door which made a pistol-like "crack" every time it was opened, and prompted the struggling opponent of Lewis to finally lose his temper and shout that they should "%^@*^£ do something about it!"
All a bit of fun, Dougall.
Now sitting second in the division, Troon winning each game narrowly to hold onto their advantage (gained against us with a four-man team plus a random "ringer"...at top board - but, like the Angostura, I'm not bitter)