Pontefract gave an excellent account of themselves against Yorkshire Chess League Division Two table-toppers York RI C.
Despite nearly snatching a draw, Pontefract slipped to the foot of the table with a 5-3 defeat. First to finish Norman Carr resigned after losing a rook to a pawn push check.
Chris Roche levelled for Pontefract by gaining a queen for a rook, forcing his opponent to resign.
Peter Cooper gained a good draw against higher graded player and Adam Routledge kept his 100 per cent record.
Bill Pinder, who was out graded like all Pontefract’s team, earned a draw.
Roy Thomas, making a welcome return after a three-year rest, was beaten after losing a knight.
With the score 3-3 and the top two boards playing, Pontefract looked good for at least a share of the points.
However, both Pontefract’s last two finishers lost.
Colin Procter, who was rook for a bishop down in end game, tried in vain to gain a draw.
Steve Parker weathered a strong attack on his king only to lose end game two pawns down.