Firstly my thanks to Paul Kelly for standing in for me at the start of the match.
The match started badly for us when Alfredo on board 2 quite uncharacteristically misplayed the opening as white and succumbed to a rapid loss. On board 3 Bernard's position appeared to be quite unpleasant but the game was deceptive, with tactical resources for both sides, and his opponent offered a draw when he was unable to find anything decisive. On board 1 Alan's position was difficult from quite early on and his opponents accurate play eventually resulted in a nice piece sacrifice to force mate. On board 5 Jim played resourcefully in a double edged position and found some nice tactics to win against a strong opponent. Finally on board 4 Mel had a good opening but then sacrificed/blundered? a piece and, despite struggling hard, eventually had to resign the adjourned position two pawns down.