Bainfield gents had home environment advantage but failed to cope with the ambition driven play of fired up leaders Falkirk and suffered a damaging 14 shot defeat (74-60) that has plunged The Edinburgh Elite into the red for danger relegation zone in the B Division of the indoor bowls Premier League.
Serious hopes that an under-performing Bainfield team would answer the wake up call sounded by their flirtation with a drop into Division 1 were soundly dashed by the pain of defeat being inflicted on three of their four rinks. From a home point of view it was the wrong team that hit the ground running with Bainfield immediately rocked back onto their heels by a Falkirk onslaught that powered the visitors to a 35-20 capture of the first seven-end phase.
It is to Bainfield’s credit that they managed to steady the ship and by enough to turn the tide with an encouraging 26-17 response on the second. The six shot gap entering the third and final phase promised to produce a melting pot climax however the heat was extracted by the 22-14 domination of the visitors. Gavin Smith did show resistance to a powerful Falkirk team that arrived with an away record of three wins out of four and the player-manager skipped his rink to a hard fought win that was in single figures and only gave the home support a degree of comforting cheer.
The fretting Bainfield support did witness a team effort trying hard to stay on terms with the league leaders and the narrow single digit defeats suffered by James Hogg and Craig Paterson testified to that however Falkirk inflicted double figure defeat on team captain Colin Hutchison. Falkirk’s well deserved win was rewarded by a clinching of the Division B honours one game ahead of the final set of fixtures as they now sit four points ahead of only rivals Ayr who crashed to a heavy 98-58 defeat away to Aberdeen.
“It is a major disappointment that we will definitely finish in the bottom two, and go into the final fixture away to East Lothian faced with the real threat of being leapfrogged by foot of the table Abbeyview however there is a two point cushion in our favour”, reflected Smith. Hutchison and his rink of Graeme McIntosh, Alan Brown, and Kevin Tennant closed from 14-2 to 17-13 but were outgunned 13-2 on the run in and crashed to a 30-15 defeat from Steven Allan. Other scores; Gavin Smith 19 Jim McHutchison 13; James Hogg 13 Simon Thomson 15; Craig Paterson 13 Gary Flynn 16.