S Tyne League
Monarchs played their last match of the season on 9/4 against Austins of Carlisle and had to win 3-1 to edge past Friars who had captured pole league position the previous night with a win over Tynedale Dyvels.
David Wrigley was first to finish on Board 1 surviving an imaginative trap to end up a piece to the good and give Monarchs a good start. However this was cancelled out with a defeat on Board 4 where Dave Foster Jnr put up a courageous but eventually losing fight.
On Board 3 Steve Larkin survived a shakey opening but recovered with a strong king side attack down the f file yielding a big pawn majority and eventual win.
The respective captain’s were locked in battle on Board 2 with Bill Hardwick of Austins a pawn to the good. However, a blunder meant his knight was lost and later his two rooks were forked to give Derek Blair the points.
Therefore Monarchs retained their S Tyne title for the fourth year but only just.