Mercia went down by the narrowest of margins against a good Halesowen second team on Thursday night. Great performances from Tony S and Jon H on the top two boards as well a draw from John P gave the team a solid base. But reserves Dave H and Stu D both lost with the latter losing a pawn early on and never recovering. The deputy Captain had a to walk home. Final match is at home to STO B on 12th Mar and is a must win for promotion. Matchcard can be found here.