Midlothian gents suffered a disappointing defeat in traumatic circumstances at home to table-topping visitors Falkirk in the A Division of the indoor bowls Premier LeagueRead More
And with only three wins out of seven the stars from The Dalkeith Stadium are being sucked into the relegation zone albeit with the solace of Alloa and Ayr being beneath them.
Falkirk deserve to be congratulated on a narrow six shot triumph (73-67) that moved them two points clear of section favourites Blantyre however given that the drama of a nail biting climax was heightened by the visitors carding a last end seven there was a sense of deep shock in a stunned Midlothian camp. We entered the final ends across the carpet holding a six shot lead that did have the feel of at least a shallow comfort zone albeit with precarious undertones if it turns out that fate is against you, reflected team manager Frank Gray.
Grays worst nightmare he has had a few unfolded in front of his very eyes with his team suffering an incredible 12-0 collapse in the shape of Billy and David Peacock both conceding singles, Graeme Archer a 3, and Colin Walker a 7. And to rub salt into the hurting wounds of the home side it was ex East Lothian star Steven Glen that wielded the axe that resulted in the magnificent seven for Falkirk. Given that Midlothian had made a strong start to the game and had assembled an encouraging lead in the mid 20s there were no thoughts of eventual defeat in the mind of the players or their ever-faithful support.
The pre-campaign expectations of challenging for the top of the table honours are now just a dream unfulfilled with concentration at Dalkeith focused on staying clear of the dreaded relegation zone. Midlothian sit two and four points and a comforting mountain of shots – ahead of Alloa and Ayr respectively with three fixtures to fulfil in the New Year so there is expectation that they will stay clear of the bottom two.
World stage figure Ronnie Duncan – was an absentee against a Falkirk team that inflicted defeat on the rinks skipped by David Peacock, Colin Walker, and Billy Peacock leaving Graeme Archer as the only home winner.
The phase scoring saw Midlothian achieve a 16 shot supremacy over the first seven-ends (36-20); but Falkirk showed their spirited competitive menace with replies of 26-16 and 27-15. Walker and his rink of Jack Macnab, Ian Fleming, and Lindsay Plenderleith, lead 16-12 going into their last end but game out of it as 19-16 losers to Glen. Peacock (Billy) and his front-three of Scott Runciman, David Salkeld, and John Stevenson will be gutted to have only score at six of their 21 ends in a 20-15 defeat from John McHutchison. Peacock (David) and his rink of Jamie Macnab, Craig Hodge, and Scott Briggs conceded on 12 of their 20-ends completed but in a tight match were just piped 18-17 by Steven Allan. Archer skipped Ian Forbes, Keith Stables, and AJ Knight into an 18-8 lead before setting for a 19-16 win over Gary Flynn.