Here's how the teams did this weekend at 4ncl:
Bristol 1 defeated both FCA 1 5-3, and Wessex 1 5.5-2.5
Bristol 2 drew with The Full Ponty 3-3, lost to Notts 1 4.5-1.5
Bristol 3 lost against Notts 2 4.5-1.5, and The Full Ponty 4.5-1.5
Wessex 1 lost to AMCA Dragons 4.5-3 (Wessex were deducted half a point for
defaulting on botttom board I believe), and Bristol 1 5.5-2.5
Brown Jack defeated Barbican Youth 4.5-3.5, and Guildford 3 5-3.
Wessex 2 defeated Iceni 5-1, and lost against against Cambridge University 2 4.5-1.5
Glos. Gambits lost against Sambucca Black Sheep 3.5-2.5, but defeated Celtic Tigers 2 4-1 (with Celtic Tigers being deducted a point for defaulting on bottom board I believe)
So here's how things currently stand:
Bristol 1 are in the relegation pool, but have a record so far of 3 wins and 1 draw against the other teams in their pool. 2 wins from their final 3 matches against White Rose 2, Anglian Avengers, and Brown Jack will guarantee them another season in division 2.
Bristol 2 currently have a record of 2 wins, 2 draws, 4 losses. Division 3 is run entirely as a swiss- style league, and I believe it's now a certainty that Bristol 2 will be in Division 3 again next season.
Bristol 3 are trailing just behind Bristol 2 with a record of 2 wins, 1 draw, 5 losses, and like their compatriots will be in Division 3 again next season.
Wessex 1 are in the Division 2 relegation pool, and currently have a record of 2 wins and 2 losses against their relegation rivals. At the moment they are just in the relegation half of the relegation pool, although given the closesness of the league, it all comes down to how Wessex perform on the final weekend. They face Celtic Tigers 1, Guildford 3, and FCA 1. If I had to predict, I think they'll avoid relegation.
Brown Jack are also in the Division 2 relegation pool, with a record of 1 win, 1 draw, and 2 losses against their relegation rivals. They are just below Wessex 1, and face a tough last weekend. Their last round fixtures are: Bristol 1, Celtic Tigers 1, and FCA 1. If they can get a strong line-up for the final fixtures I think they have strong enough players to avoid relegation, but it's going to be a tough ask.
Wessex 2 currently have a record of 5 wins and 3 losses in Division 3, and sit 2 match points off of the promotion places. This may well result in them getting a slightly easier draw for the last 3 rounds, on the basis that with the draw for division 3 the 3 rounds are all done beforehand. So Wessex 2 will be drawn against 3 teams boasting similar, if not the same, match point scores as them prior to the last weekend. I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if Wessex 2 are promoted, or come very close to getting promoted, this season.
Glos Gambits have a record of 4 wins, 1 draw, and 3 losses in Division 3, and are currently 3 points off of the promotion places. They may well benefit from the draw in a similar way to Wessex 2, but I'd be surprised if they managed to catch up the 3 match points on the promotion places over the last 3 matches. I think most likely they'll have a good last weekend, and finish highly, but still be in Division 3 come next season.
For the full results of each team, click on the title to this post, which'll take you the 4ncl home page.
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