The Bainfield team has an exciting new look about them for tomorrows home match against Midlothian at the Hutchison Crossway Stadium with icon figure Robert Marshall and other major talents in the shape of Chris Downie, John McDermott, and Gavin Smith returning to the line up.
Colin Hutchison remains an absentee but a team desperately needing to raise morale after the standing down of inspirational manager John Bell and the exodus of Craig Moss, Paul O’Donnell, and Neil Watson will be fired up to impress the home support. It was no great surprise that the under-strength team that travelled to Blantyre for last weekends opening match in Division 1A of the Premier League lost heavily by 32 shots (96-64) as the opposition is close to invincible on their home carpet.Bainfield face another tough task against a Midlothian team feeling 10 foot tall after humbling defending champions West Lothian at Livingston and manager Frank Gray has announced an unchanged line up for the visit to the Edinburgh venue.“It’s a match that has all the ingredients of being a cracking encounter as we are strongly motivated to build on our opening success however Bainfield will want to show they are still a dangerous force and particularly so at home” said Gray.Alan Brown now holds the managerial reins at Bainfield and the former international star is looking for an inspired performance from his much changed line up.Rink 1. Josh Spalding, Danny McCourt, Kevin Tennant, and Robert Marshall.Rink 2. Adam Brock, Alan brown, Craig Paterson (cpt), and Barry Hill.Rink 3. Stephen Pringle, Mark McIntosh, Daniel Gormley, and James Hogg.Rink 4. Chris Downie, Graeme McIntosh, John McDermott, and Gavin Smith.
Colin MacFarlane, Ronnie Duncan, Billy Peacock will skip the Midlothian rinks, and team captain David Peacock. The much-capped Colin Walker is again an absentee.
West Lothian are chasing their fourth Premier League title in a row so will be looking for a much improved performance when they have home environment advantage against Coatbridge at Livingston.The return to action of team captain Thomas Mann should be a massive boost to morale across the carpet and to accommodate him Stuart Johnston is switched to the reserve bench and James Speirs moved from skip to third.Rink 1. Bryan Cooper, Dougie Mitchell, Des Hagart, and Neil Speirs.Rink 2. Paul Lynas, Raymond Logan, Jamie Gracie, and Mark Allison.Rink 3, Craig Moss, George Sneddon, Paul O’Donnell, and Calum Logan.Rink 4. Cameron Greer, Ian Drysdale, James Spiers, and Thomas Mann.
East Lothian suffered a surprise defeat when going down by 4 shots (82-78) to Paisley at the Meadowmill Stadium so there will a degree of trepidation as they make the long journey North to face an Aberdeen team cock-a-hoop at wining by 12 shots away to FalkirkIt isn’t mission impossible for East Lothian but the absence of star figures Derek Oliver, Billy Mellors, Andy Jeffrey, and Gary Muir is a blow to the hopes of the ‘Garden County’ travellers.Opportunity knocks for stand-ins Andy Burt, Matt Osboure, Calvin Allison, and Lessel Middler in a recast line up that reads,Rink 1 Les Middler, Scott Logan, Gary Darling, and Scott Kennedy.Rink 2. Kieran Simants, Andy Burt, Dougie Berwick, and Graham Robertson.Rink 3. Ewan Fallen, Matt Osbourne, Steven W Thomson, and Jamie Higgins.Rink 4. Calum Darling, Calvert Allison, Mark Johnston (cpt), and Willie Wood MBE.
Balbardie led all the way before conceding 3 shots on the final end to be piped in a 78-77 thriller by Arbroath at Bathgate in Division 1North and on that form do stand a chance of achieving redemption on their visit to Alloa,The loss of Graeme Byrne, Ally Wilson, and Lindsay Forrest leads to the call up of Peter Lynch, Andy Jenkins and Duncan Smith in a team that reads,Rink 1. Graham Keery, Andy Forrest, Ian Drysdale, and Gary Orr.Rink 2. Brian Walker, Davy Ross, Mark Bonar, and Walter McDougall.Rink 3. Peter Lynch, Andy Jenkins, Jimmy Mallon, and Sandy McDougall.Rink 4. Duncan Smith, Craig Sinclair, Brian Craig, and Ewan Shearer.