East Lothian return to their indoor bowls premier league campaign sitting four points adrift of Section B leaders Aberdeen with just three games to complete and to stay in the race must win them all starting with today’s visit of Lanarkshire to The Meadowmill Stadium.Read more
“It is probably a forlorn hope that Aberdeen will fold on the short run in sufficiently for us to pip them at the post but the challenge for us is to play our part by delivering a hat trick of wins and that is our objective”, say’s team captain Mark Johnston.
Lanarkshire sit joint bottom of the table with Ardrossan but represent tough opposition on a good day and East Lothian are missing the massive influence of icon figure Alex Marshall MBE with the five times World Singles Champion down South bidding for a sixth success.Willie Wood MBE is another figure of legendary status missing the start of the New Year programme however talented junior cap Ewan Fallen returns to a line up that reads, Rink 1. Lessel Middler, Gary Darling, Stewart Thomson, and Scott Kennedy. Rink 2. Gary Muir, Andy Burt, Graham Robertson, and Derek Oliver. Rink 3. Ewan Fallen, Calvert Allison, Dougie Berwick, and Billy Mellors. Rink 4. Mark Johnston, Calum Darling, Andy Jeffrey, and Jamie Higgins.
The chances of Balbardie IBC finishing top of Division 1North are non existent with the Bathgate based team a hopeless six points adrift of undefeated leaders Arbroath. A meaningless and expensive long trip north to second placed Turriff suggests the visitors won’t arrive in the best of spirits and a win looks unlikely- but not impossible.
East Lothian sit top of the table in Division 1C of the ladies national leagues but only by a single point from Balbardie so the ‘garden county’ will be totally focused on defeating foot of the table Tweedbank at Galashiels. Balbardie have home advantage against a Bainfield team that sits six points adrift of them with a record of three wins from eight. West Lothian visit Teviotdale at Hawick.