In the first round of the knockout Colchester played their 3rd match against a Division 1 team in the last two seasons. The result was a draw (again), but this time Colchester were eliminated on board count and go into the plate competition. Mike Wagstaff won in his first match of the season; Nathan and Martin both drew against higher-graded players. Martin stepped in to play at the last minute following a player dropping out ill, allowing Colchester to avoid defaulting on one board.
|NECL Knockout: Round 1|
|Brd||Col||BRAINTREE A||Result||COLCHESTER A||Col|
|1||w||Eddie Banks (149)||1||0||Ian Gooding (185)||b|
|2||b||Peter Byford (148)||½||½||Nathan Barnes (146)||w|
|3||w||Adrian Billingsley (140)||0||1||Mike Wagstaff (147)||b|
|4||b||Kenn Butcher (139)||½||½||Martin Harris (120)||w|
The first match in the plate competition will be in the week beginning 10th November.