Edinburgh & Leith face Fife County at Thornton today in match number two of the Cities and Counties Championship and team manager Willie Watson makes the bold decision to keep intact the team that opened the campaign with a whopping 49 shot win over Stirling East.
Bold is the word that describes Watson’s decision not to recall the now available Goldenacre star Colin Hutchison and also keep Carrick Knowe duo Kevin Tennant and Stephen Pringle watching from the sidelines. Fife County away on an early season green has represented a tough encounter down the years and in such a case experienced campaigners are a boost to visiting teams however Watson is happy to remain loyal to the guys that delivered the goods at Carrick Knowe last weekend. “I feel it is a must win fixture for us and take the view that having got off to a flying start the rising confidence and morale of an unchanged team is the right direction of travel for us and an away win is within our compass”, said Watson. Rink 1. Daniel Gormley, David Fisher ©, John McDermott, and Paul Veitch.Rink 2. Any McNab, Gordon Bold, Alan brown, and Mal Higgenbotham. Rink 3. Euan Craig, Gavin Smith, Jamie Gracie, and Robert Marshall. Rink 4. Steven Pilley, George Kirk, Neil Watson, and Paul O’Donnell. Rink 5. Josh Spalding, Robert Donaldson, Darren Hush, and James Hogg. Rink 5. Alan Trotter, Brian Pollard, Andrew Caldwell, and Willie McDonald.
The West Lothian approach against Borders at Kirkliston is the exact opposite of E&L with team manager Jimmy Mallon making wholesale changes to the line up that beat West Fife by 35 shots at Queensferry. Mallon brings in first match absentees Calum Logan and Davie Lamb to the exclusion of Scott McMaster and junior cap Andrew Semple, and in a re-shuffle makes four positional changes that involve Gary Orr, Brian Craig, Alec Allan, and Mark Allison. Rink 1. Ewan Shearer, Gary Orr, Stuart Johnston, and Sandy McDougall. Rink 2. John Black, Blair Mackie, James Speirs, and Thomas Mann. Rink 3. Steven Forrest, Ian Drysdale, Gary Smith, and Raymond Logan. Rink 4. Paul Lynas, Walter McDougall, Caul Logan, and Neil Speirs. Rink 5. Brian Craig, Alec Allan, Mark Allison, and Steven Fleming. Rink 6. Drew Paterson, Davie Lamb, John Aitken, and Grant Logan.
Borders arrive at Kirkliston with their tails up having opened with a single shot win over East Lothian at Melrose and they are usually capable of giving WL a tough time.
East Lothian have the chance to get onto a winning track with home advantage at Prestongrange against West Fife and expect to benefit hugely from the return of West Barns stars Billy Mellors and Scott Kennedy.
Midlothian’s opening loss to Fife County away was an agonising last end affair and team manager Drew Pearson sticks with the same line up (almost) against Stirling East at Grangemouth BC.
Scott Reid of Musselburgh Private come in for the unavailable Andrew Buerle at second to Ramsay Blair. “Having progressed one further week into the season I am looking for a sharper performance and if that happens these players have the ability to deliver a much needed victory”, said Pearson.