By this time Shropshire and Herefordshire had pooled their chess resources as the Shropshire andHerefordshire Chess Association. Both league and county individual competitions were organised on a zonal basis largely determined by the bus and rail networks, which were a key element in travel arrangements. The Northern Division included clubs at Shrewsbury, Wellington and Whitchurch, with new clubs founded at Ironbridge (16th March 1934), and a Church Stretton Club founded on 3rd December 1934. Meanwhile in the Southern Division Ludlow and Bridgnorth met Herefordshire clubs based at Hereford, Lyonshall, Leominster, Kington, and Rhos on Wye. East and West zones also featured to make individual competition more practical. Winners of the zones met to determine overall county champions. The league championship trophy has not survived so details of winners are not available.
Following Rev.W. Benson‘s win in 1930, the County Individual Championship was dominated by Frank Clayton of Wellington who won six times between 1931 and 1937, the latter shared with Rev A.P.Lacy-Hulbert who also won in 1934. In 1938 a new force emerged in the form of Lt.Col.D.E.MacNab who was the only champion from 1938 until 1947, although the war years had prevented competition between 1940 and 1945.
Time controls had to be adjusted to fit in with travel timetables whilst it was not unusual for a game to be defaulted because someone had missed the train!
Reverend AP Lacy-Hulbert (b.1877 Nice – d. 1966 Ludlow)
County Secretary 1929-1953
This tireless worker, administrator, writer and player laid the foundations of Shropshire Chess as we know it. He was the son of Rev James Lacy Hulbert and was born at Nice where his father had secured a post in 1870 as a result of ill health. He gained a scholarship to Fettes in 1890 and gained a BA at Keble College Oxford in 1899 followed by an MA in 1904. He played chess for Oxford against Cambridge in 1898 and 1899 and is mentioned and pictured (left) in the BCM of 1899 as playing on board 4 for the combined Oxford/Cambridge team in a cable match against the American Univerties represented by Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Columbia. In this match he lost, as White, in a 52-move Petroff Defence played by L A Cooke of Yale: the whole game appears with annotations in the BCM.
After working for several years in Birmingham he was appointed vicar of Ashford Carbonel near Ludlow in 1927 and married Annie, daughter of William Edwards, in 1932. His daughter Margaret Jones still lives at Ashford Carbonel and she helped to get all this information through Tim Lacy-Hulbert of Meopham, Kent.
His long tenure of the post of SCA Secretary ran from 1929 to 1953 and he was highly active – organising congresses at Ludlow in 1935 and 1937 as well as writing a copious chess column in the Ludlow Standard for over 20 years. He won the Shropshire Championship three times but perhaps his most interesting result was a draw with Dr Arpad Vajda at Ramsgate in 1929. Vajda, Police Chief of Budapest, was a strong international master who had drawn with both Capablanca and Marshall at the tournament in his home city the previous year.
Interestingly, he had long-term connections with Shrewsbury. His great grandfather, Charles Hulbert, married Anna Wood of Shrewsbury in 1805. She was the daughter of Thomas Wood, founder of the Shrewsbury Chronicle. Charles actually published a history of the Town and the County of Salop and then an updated version of Philips’ History of Shrewsbury. He had previously set up a business named “Coleham Cotton Manufactory” which backed on to the river where present-day Coleham is in Shrewsbury – but this failed during the Napoleonic wars hence the move into printing and publishing.
It should be noted that AP was christened Arthur Percival Lacy Hulbert (no hyphen) but this was changed to “Lacy-Hulbert” in 1899 when his elder brother Charles got letters patent to make the change to preserve the Lacy name as that branch of the family had become extinct.
Lacy-Hulbert, R – Bonham, R [E60]
Midlands Individual Championship, 1934
This is a real example of how Lacy-Hulbert could play and he produces a model of how the aggressive Saemisch Variation should work against the King’s Indian. The game against RW Bonham, a redoubtable Worcestershire player, was played in the 1934 Midlands Individual Championship.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be3 0–0 6.Bd3 e5 7.Ne2 Nc6 8.Nbc3 Nd7 9.d5 Nb4 10.Bb1 a5 11.a3 Na6 12.b4 b6 13.h4 h6 14.g4 Bb7 15.b5 Nac5 16.Ng3 Bc8 17.Ra2Kh7 18.Rg2 Nf6? 19.g5! Ng8 20.h5 hxg5 21.hxg6+ Kxg6 22.f4! Opening up lines to intensify the attack 22…Bh6 23.Qh5+ Kg7 24.fxg5 f6 25.g6 A neat touch to finish off a won game more quickly than by grabbing material. 25…f5 26.Bxh6+ 1–0 (D Everington)
Frank Clayton – Six Times County Champion 1931 – 1937
Purely on the playing side the pre-war era was dominated by Frank Clayton, a Wellington schoolmaster whose record of six championship wins achieved over seven seasons was very impressive. He also knew how to cope with his top board opponents in county matches as you will see, for example, from the following game in which he gives the master strength MacKenzie, a former Scottish Champion, a horrible fright. He seemed quite unaffected by the occasionally bizarre conditions of play in the county championships of those days. The event used to run on a knockout basis with each round decided by the best of three games. Incredibly it seems from Lacy-Hulbert’s column that it was quite usual to complete all three games at one session or even to finish games by correspondence! No doubt the very limited car ownership of those days was a major influence and the press reports make frequent reference to fast time limits being agreed upon beacause of bus times etc. Illness curtailed Frank Clayton’s chess in his later years and he was president of the Shropshire Association when he died in 1952.
Clayton,F – Mackenzie,A [C20]
Shropshire & Herefordshire v Warwickshire Board 1, 1933
Mackenzie’s opening error was uncharacteristic – he had been Scottish, Sussex and Warwickshire champion in his time – but he soon buckles down and makes the Shropshire champion work hard for his win which he just misses near the end.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Nc3 b5 6.Bb3 d6? 7.Ng5 Be6 8.Nxe6 fxe6 9.Bxe6 Nd4 10.Bb3 b4 11.Ba4+ c6 12.Ne2 Qa5 13.c3 Nb5 14.c4 Na7 15.Ng3 g6 16.0–0 Bg7 17.d3 0–0 18.f4 Nc8 19.f5 (not19Bxc6 Qc5+!) 19…Ne7 20.fxg6 hxg6 21.Bb3 Kh8 22.Bg5 Neg8 23.Qe2 Qc7 24.Rf3 Rae8 25.Raf1 a5 26.Nh1 a4 27.Bd1 (not 27 Ba4? Qa7+) 27…d5 28.Nf2 Nh7 29.Rh3 a3 30.bxa3 bxa3 31.cxd5 cxd5 32.exd5 Ngf6 33.Bxf6 Bxf6 34.Ne4 Be7 35.Rxf8+ Rxf8 36.d6 Qb6+! (36…….Bxd6? Ng5!) 37.Qe3 Bd8 38.d4 exd4 39.Qd3 Kg7 40.Bb3? (Missing the last winning chance with 40 Bc2 threatening 41 Rxh7 Kxh7 42 Ng5+ Bxg5 43 Qxg6 and mates) 40…Ng5 41.Nxg5 Bxg5 42.Rf3 Be3+ 43.Kf1 ½–½
Lt.Col.D.E. MacNab – Four Times County Champion 1938 – 1947
Of similar ability to Clayton was Lt.Col. DE MacNab, a Shrewsbury schoolmaster who finally ended Clayton’s run of title wins in the 1937/38 championship. In fact he took the title in the two pre-war seasons and, upon his return from active service, in the two seasons immediately after the war. Undoubtedly Adolf Hitler robbed him of several more titles during the six war years. Like Clayton, MacNab had no great fear of top board opponents at inter-county level. Sadly he drifted away from the game to other pursuits by the early fifties. His contemporaries remember him as an ill tempered and egotistical sort of person who would complain loudly at the slightest noise – but whatever Stauntonesque picture this gives you will see that the power of his chess is undeniable.
MacNab,D – Clayton,F [A92]
Shropshire Championship Final, 1938
The historic first game of the match which brought an end to Frank Clayton’s remarkable run of six county championship wins in seven years .
1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 c6 5.0–0 Be7 6.c4 d5 More popular is d6 in this type of position. In 1938 Botvinnik was having some success with the Stonewall formation involved in d5 in the Dutch and this no doubt influenced the amateurs of the time. 7.Nbd2 0–0 8.Qc2 Nbd7 9.Ne5 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Nd7 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.f4 b6 13.Nb3 Ba6 14.Be3 Rc8 15.Qd2 Nc5 16.Nd4 Kf7 17.g4 g6 18.gxf5 gxf5 19.Bf3 Rg8+ 20.Kh1 Bh4 21.Rg1 Ke7 22.Rxg8 Qxg8 23.Bxd5! exd5 24.Nxf5+ Ke6 25.Nxh4 d4 26.f5+ Kf7 27.Qxd4 Bb7+ 28.Nf3 Rd8 29.Qh4 Ne4 30.e6+ Ke8 31.Rg1 Qf8 32.Qh5+ 1-0
Thomas Henry Chetwynd
Member of Bridgnorth Chess Club 1880s-1890s
Member of Hereford City Chess Club 1924-1952
Born 30 Aug 1860 Red Hill School, Old Swinford, Near Stourbridge ,Worcester was a wonderful Poet and wrote quite a few poetry books about the Herefordshire district, died in 1957 Hereford.
Employed by the Board of Customs and Excise at: Brierley Hill, Liverpool, Sheffield, Bridgnorth, Much Wenlock, Royton, London, Merthyr Tydfil, Hull & other parts of England & Scotland – many of these towns have famous Chess Clubs and he represented them in matches.
Learned to play Chess when he was appointed to Bridgnorth under the tuition of Mr F. H. JOYNSON an old Shropshire stalwart.
Whilst living in Much Wenlock CHETWYND played four times in simultaneous games against J. H. BLACKBURN obtaining three draws. ( Blackburn being one of the World’s Greatest Players).
Rev. E. E. CUNNINGTON was curate at Tuck Hill near Claverley while T. H. CHETWYND was stationed in Much Wenlock; many Games they played probably at Bridgnorth Institute Chess Club. T. H. CHETWYND also assisted in the preparation of one of CUNNINGTON’S books, “The British Chess Code” (1894) .
Runner up in the Shropshire Individual County Championship c1899 losing to J. E. PARRY who afterwards played for South Manchester.
In Hull he played Chess for the local club at the suggestion of R. T. R. SERGEANT a noted Service player. Also played Chess for Brynmawr, Brecon for two seasons.
CHETWYND came to Hereford in 1924
Three times Individual Champion of Herefordshire & runner up on several occasions, on one of these occasions he played the redoubtable E. F. FARDON, he lost the first & seventh games and there were five draws in between.
Was one of the British Team in 1000 Board Contest by Correspondence against U.S.A. (1937) obtaining a draw.
CHETWYND played Sir George THOMAS (twice British Chess Champion) in 1944 at 84 years of age. He retired from competitive chess for Hereford in 1952 at age 92.
Fished every corner of England. Author of: “Little Dorothy”, “A Fleeting Vision”, “Verses Grave and Gay”, “Poems For The People”, “Plain Poems” etc.
Courtesy of Cheryl Fletcher (“he was my great uncle”} of Perth, Western Australia
E.F. Fardon – T.H. Chetwynd [C20] Herefordshire Championship, 1938
The Herefordshire Championship was played as an open event each year and, unlike the Shropshire Championship at that time, the holder participated from the start. 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Ng5 Launching the Fegatello Attack against the Two Knights Defence 4…d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke8?? The only reasonable move here is Ke6 aiming to hang on to the extra material 8.Bxd5 Qf6 9.Bxc6+ bxc6 10.Qe2 Simply Qxf5 leaves white a safe pawn up with black’s doubled pawns a millstone around his neck for the endgame. 10…Bc5 11.Nc3 Bf5 12.d3 h6 13.0–0 Kf7 14.Be3 Bb6 15.f4 Rhe8 16.fxe5 Qxe5?? 17.Ne4?? Played on move 14, 15, or 16 this would have been strong. Now however it allows black to fight back and salvage the draw. Much stronger was 17.Bxb6 axb6 18.Qxe5 Rxe5 19.d4 Rea5 20.b4 Ra3 21.Rxf5+ Kg6 22.Rf3 and white wins 17…Kg8 18.Bxb6 cxb6 19.Rad1 Bxe4 20.dxe4 Qxe4 21.Qxe4 Rxe4 22.Rd7 a5 23.Rff7 Rg4 24.Rb7 b5 25.Rfc7 Rg6 26.Rb6 Rd8 27.Rcxc6 Rd1+ 28.Kf2 Rd2+ 29.Kf3 Rgxg2 30.Rxb5 Rgf2+ 31.Ke3 Rfe2+ 32.Kf3 Rf2+ 33.Ke3 Rfe2+ 34.Kf3 Rf2+ A fine draw by the 78 year old Chetwynd against a strong opponent. ½–½
Ernest Groom – County President
Ernest Groom of Wellington Chess Club was President of the Shropshire & Herefordshire Chess Association and, in 1926, he presented the handsome trophy which is still in use today for the county individual championship. The first winners were FS Smart (1928 and 1929) and Reverend W Benson (1930).
Great Britain vs United States Correspondence Match 1937
The chief interest of this game was the event in which it was played – on board 643 out of 1000!
Groom,E – Krant,A [C50]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0–0 Nf6 5.d4 Nxd4 6.Nxe5 Ne6 7.Bxe6 fxe6 8.Nd3 Qe7 9.e5 Nd5 10.Qh5+ g6 11.Qg4 b6 12.a3 Qf8? 13.c4 Ba6 14.b4 Be7 15.b5 Bb7 16.cxd5 Bxd5 17.Nc3 Bb7 18.Ne4 Qg7 19.Nf6+ Bxf6 20.exf6 Qf7 21.Bb2 d6 22.Rfe1 Kd7 23.Rad1 1–0
Extract from Wellington Journal 26/08/1944
Late Mr Ernest Groom, of Dothill Park
Mr Ernest Groom, of Dothill Park, managing director of Messrs. R.Groom, Sons & Co. Ltd.,timber merchants, Wellington, died suddenly at the works on Tuesday morning. He had been in failing health for some time. Aged 84, he was born at Arleston and was a son of the late Mr Richard Groom, the founder of the firm.
Mr Ernest Groom was educated at the Grove Park School, Wrexham, and then entered his father’s business, of which he had been in control since the death of Mr.Richard Groom in 1892.
At one time he was chairman of the Midland Home Grown Timber Merchants’ Association. For a number of years he was chairman of the Girl’s High School and the Boy’s High School at Wellington. He was an enthusiastic chess player and was president of the Shropshire Chess Association.
He was a bachelor and a member of a family of 11. Two brothers and a sister survive him.
CH Greenhalgh – Shrewsbury
One reads that the Maroczy Bind was much feared between the wars but not here as Greenhalgh, a Shrewsbury Club member and brother of the even stronger Rev. W Greenhalgh, works up a lively and successful counter attack. He was a veteran at the time this game was played having represented Shrewsbury since at least the turn of the century.
Smith,G – Greenhalgh,C [A28] Shropshire & Herefordshire v Warwickshire Board 12, 1933
1.c4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Nxd4 6.Qxd4 Be7 7.g3 c6 8.Bg2 0–0 9.0–0 a6 10.h3 Re8 11.e3 d6 12.b3 Qc7 13.Bb2 Be6 14.e4 Rad8 15.Rad1 b5 16.cxb5 axb5 17.Rc1 Qa5 18.Qe3 c5 19.e5 Nd7 20.exd6 Bxd6 21.Qf3 b4 22.Na4 Be7 23.Qe2 c4 24.Rxc4 Bxc4 25.Qxc4 Rc8 26.Qf4 Rc2 27.Bxg7! Bg5 [27…Kxg7 28.Qg4+ picking up the Knight on d7] 28.Qg4 Kxg7 29.h4 Nf6 30.Qxg5+ Qxg5 31.hxg5 Ng4 32.Nb6 Ree2 33.Bf3 Rxf2! 34.Rxf2 [34.Bxg4? Rg2+ and mate in two] 34…Nxf2 35.Nd5 Nd3 36.Be4 Rd2 37.Ne7 Nc1 38.Nc6 Nxa2 39.Kf1 Rb2 40.Bd5 Kg6 41.Ne5+ Kxg5 42.Nxf7+ Kg4 43.Ne5+ Kxg3 44.Nd3 Rb1+ 45.Ke2 Nc3+ 0–1
Reverend WR Greenhalgh – Shrewsbury
An attactive game in which Reverend WR Greenhalgh, another of Shropshire’s chess playing clergymen, works up a winning attack against Mackenzie from a most unusual treatment of the Sicilian.
Greenhalgh,Rev W.R.- Mackenzie,A [B54] Shropshire & Herefordshire v Warwickshire Board 2 1937
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.0–0 g6 8.b3 Bg7 9.Bb2 0–0 10.Nd2 d5 11.Rb1 Qa5 12.a4 Bb7 13.e5 Nd7 14.f4 e6 15.Ba3 Rfe8 16.Nf3 Qb6+ 17.Kh1 Nc5 18.Bxc5 Qxc5 19.Be2 a5 20.Qd2 Bf8 21.Bd3 Qe7 22.Nd4 Rec8 23.Qe2 Qb4 24.Nf3 Qxf4 A risky excursion for the queen. He should probably have concentrated on getting in … b5 and some queen side counterplay 25.c3 Bg7 26.b4 Rc7 27.bxa5 Rxa5?? 28.Rb4 Qxb4 29.cxb4 Rxa4 30.Rb1 Bf8 31.b5 cxb5 32.Bxb5 Re4 33.Qf1 1–0
E Lupton-May – Hereford Chess Club
The top board game between Wellington and Hereford was no doubt one of the more important Shropshire league encounters and Clayton (Wellington) wins this one with an opening (Scotch Gambit) which was held in low esteem at the time.
Clayton,F – Lupton-May,E [C44] – Wellington v Hereford . 1934.- Board 1
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3 dxc3 5.Bc4 h6? 6.Nxc3 Bb4 7.0–0 Bxc3 8.bxc3 d6 9.Qb3 Qf6 10.Bb2 Bd7 11.Bb5 a6 12.c4 Qg6 13.Bxc6 Bxc6 14.Nh4 Qg4 15.Nf5 f6 16.f3 Qg6 17.c5 d5 18.Nd4 Ne7 19.Nxc6 bxc6 20.exd5 cxd5 21.Rfe1 Qf7 22.Qb7 0–0 23.Qxc7 Rfe8 24.Ba3 Rac8 25.Qd7 Rcd8 26.Qb7 Rc8 27.Re2 d4 28.Rae1 Nf5 1–0 by adjudication. After 29.Qxa6 Ne3 30.Qd3 white has no problems.
J.Jones – Ludlow
Johnny Jones was a Ludlow schoolmaster who ran junior chess very ably. Like EG Small he was a tough man to beat, particularly at postal play, right up until the 1960’s when he dropped out of serious chess.
The game, played on board 17 for the county team, is a rare example of a black win with the Two Knights Defence against the Fegatello Attack. Credit must go to Jones for switching quickly to the attack by 21……a5 after white had faltered.
Forrester,D – Jones,J [C57]
Shropshire & Herefordshire v Staffordshire, 1936 Bd.17
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5?! (Jones probably knew that Na5 is best but decided to test his opponent’s nerve. Technically the strongest reply is 6.d4 – but who could resist the chance of the ancient and famous “Fegatello” Attack first played in 1600 between Polerio and Domenico.) 6.Nxf7! Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6 8.Nc3 Nce7 9.d4 c6 10.Bg5 Qd6 11.0–0–0 Kd7 12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.dxe5 Qe6 14.Bxd5 Nxd5 15.Rxd5+ Kc7 16.Bd8+ Kb8 17.Kb1 Be7 18.Bxe7 Qxe7 19.Qg3 Be6 20.Rd6 Qf7 21.b3 a5! 22.Rhd1 Rc8 23.Qe3 Qc7 24.R6d2 Bf5 25.Qe2? 0–1
Dr Shubsachs – Shrewsbury
Dr Shubsachs wrote a chess column in the Shrewsbury Chronicle for a short time. He published this game from a 1934 Shropshire league clash. Despite black’s rather passive opening the queen sacrifice at the end is a little gem.
Jackson,J – Ferrie,J [D47] – Wellington v Shrewsbury – 1934 – Board 4
Queens Gambit – Semi Slav Defence
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.e3 c6 6.Bxc4 Nbd7 7.0–0 Be7 8.b3 Nb6 9.Bb2 Nxc4 10.bxc4 0–0 11.Ne5 Nd7 12.f4 c5 13.Ne4 Nxe5 14.dxe5 Qc7 15.Qh5 h6 16.Rf3 Rd8? 17.Rg3 Bf8 18.Nf6+ Kh8 19.Qxh6+ gxh6 20.Rg8mate 1–0
EG Small – Ludlow Chess Club
Small was a tough man to beat at correspondence or over the board up to the early 1960s when Ludlow Chess Club folded up. The club had been one of the strongest in the Shropshire League but when most of its members, Chesterman, Serck, Small etc reached old age there was no new blood appearing. Happily after a gap of over thirty years a new Ludlow Club has emerged.
Small,E – Davies,A (Belfast)[E16] – Ludlow Congress , 1935
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bxd2+ 7.Nbxd2 0–0 8.0–0 d5 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Qc2 Nbd7 11.Rac1 Rc8 12.Nb3 c5 13.dxc5 Nxc5 14.Nbd4 Nce4 15.Qd1 Rxc1 16.Qxc1 Qc8 17.Ne5 Qxc1 18.Rxc1 Rc8 19.Rxc8+ Bxc8 20.Nec6! Bb7 21.Nxa7 Nc5 22.Nab5 Nfe4 23.Kf1 Na4 24.b3 Nac3 25.Nxc3 Nxc3 26.a4 Ne4 27.Ke1 Nc5 28.Kd2 Kf8 29.f3 Ke7 30.Bf1 Ba6 31.Bg2 Bb7 32.f4 g6 33.Ke3 f5 34.h3 Kd6 35.g4 Bc8 36.gxf5 Bxf5 37.Nb5+ Kd7 38.Bxd5 Bxh3 39.Nd4 Kd6 40.Bg8 h6 41.Bh7 Bf5 42.Nxf5+ gxf5 43.Bxf5 Nxb3 44.Bc2 Nc5 45.Kf3 Ke6 46.e4 Nd7 47.Kg4 Kf6 48.Kh5 Ke6 49.Kxh6 1–0
Dr HD Gemmell – Shrewsbury
Dr Gemmell didn’t get to Buenos Aires in 1939 because the war had broken out but he had to make a miserable choice between three months in South America or his place at medical school. Scotland still intended to go but I think, in the end, they couldn’t get their act together and had to drop out. The war broke out whilst the event was on – Germany to play Poland the following day or so! That match was cancelled.
I attach Dr Gemmell’s letter of invitation from the Scottish CA which, initially, he wanted to accept. It is remarkable for the casual way in which he is asked to say by the end of the week if he can spend three months in Argentina. -D.Everington
At the time Dr Gemmell, Scottish Junior Champion, was still living in Scotland. He later set up a medical practise in Westbury, Shropshire. See 1940s for further details.
Annual match held at The Midland Institute, Birmingham 27/10/1934
Warwickshire versus Shropshire and Herefordshire
|Warwickshire||Shropshire and Herefordshire|
(L)=Ludlow, (W)=Wellington, (S)=Shrewsbury, (H)=Hereford, (Wh)=Whitchurch, (I)=Ironbridge.
As has been so often been the case over the years, Shropshire and Herefordshire more than held their own on the top boards but lacked the strength in depth to defeat their much larger neighbours.