Bainfield enter the lions den at Blantyre this weekend with expectations of exiting with a win probably at an extreme low as is the case for most probably all visitors to the seemingly impenetrable fortress yet a miracle outcome isnt beyond the stars from the capital.Read More
Blantyre lost their opening match away in Division A of the indoor bowls Premier League to local rivals Lanarkshire but are much much stronger at home while Bainfield will be encouraged by their away win over Coatbridge. It will take a tough mentality to rid the visitors minds of the deep-rooted psychological pressures of David taking on Goliath yet if able to do so there is a strong depth of class and experience that suggests Bainfield could deliver.
Four top-class skips in the shape of Robert Marshall, James Hogg, Gavin Smith, and Paul ODonnell have the skills to live with the best while there is high achievers support in the shape of Daniel Gormley, Neil Watson, John McDermott, Robert Sloan and team captain Alan Brown. Craig Paterson is a major figure absentee in a line up that welcomes Robert Sloan and reads, Rink 1. Neil Watson, Brian Stoddart, Kevin Tennant, and James Hogg. Rink 2. Steven Pilley, Robert Sloan, Tam Ebbs, and Paul ODonnell. Rink 3. Steven Stewart, Alan Brown, John McDermott, and Gavin Smith. Rink 4. Mark McIntosh, Greg Walker, Daniel Gormley, and Robert Marshall.
Midlothian overcame the absence of three top stars to also make a winning start to their A Division campaign and with confidence at a high they have a formbook opportunity to double up on their away visit to Coatbridge. Team Manager Frank Gray welcomes back excitingly talented teenager Jack Macnab, Scott Briggs, along with the high profile Peacock brothers, Billy and David. It is a concern that world stage figure Graeme Archer is an enforced absentee but Liam McKay the recent E&L Tait Trophy champion retains his place having made his debut last weekend as a late substitute. Ian Fleming Neil Linton, and Jamie Macnab are absentees in a reshuffled line up that reads, Rink 1. Andy Caldwell, AJ Knight, Billy Peacock, and Ronnie Duncan. Rink 2. Ian Forbes, Paul Innes, Dougie Russell, and Colin Walker. Rink 3. Scott Runciman, Craig Hodge, Scott Briggs, and David Peacock. Rink 4. Jack Macnab, Liam McKay, James Cullen, and Danny McDougall.