Midlothians campaign in the tough East section of The Hamilton Trophy is an all conquering one so far with their latest hard fought18 shot victory (135-117) over Borders at Melrose clinching a place in the knockout stage of the Cities & Counties Championship.Read More
The exciting table-toppers are the only undefeated team across the four sections and their five wins out of five have put them out of the sight of the chasing pack entering this weekends final fixture against East Lothian at Rosslyn.
The Midlothian camp cheered wins on the rinks skipped by Colin Bonner, Colin Walker, and David Peacock against Borders and their combined plus of 27 shots was enough to cover the trio of narrow losses sustained by Danny McDougall, Scott Briggs, and Graham Archer. Midlothian flashed an early signal of supremacy over Borders with a strong performance over the opening seven ends to capture the first phase of the match, 49-24, and they followed on with a 53-43 advantage on the second.
Borders staged a good recovery on the final phase and showed just how dangerous an opposition they can but their 50-33 claw-back was too little and too late. Bonner hit the lids to race into a 22-1 lead but then suffered the loss of a full house count of eight before skipping Jack Macnab, AJ Knight, and Stuart Roseburgh to a 29-17 win over S Richardson. Walker included two mighty counts of 5 in his 25-15 win over Stuart Bebbington while Peacock led 13-2 before delivering a 19-14 win over Stuart White. McDougall lost 24-22 to Graeme Forsyth, Briggs 26-24 to Ian Crawford and Archer, 21-16 to Ross Nichol.
East Lothian suffered an earthquake loss at home to a previously winless Fife County at Prestongrange, a shock 110-96 defeat that forces the reigning national champions onto the back-foot as the underdogs to West Lothian in the race to capture the second qualifying place.
West Lothian had low expectations of finishing in the top two but their spectacular 47 shot annihilation (142-95) of Stirling County East at Whitburn has changed the landscape in the shape of them now having a significant shot margin plus of 53 over their garden county rivals. WL could find life difficult at Parkside this weekend where a troubled Edinburgh & Leith have found a spark that will fire up their desire to at least finish on a high note; but it would take a phenomenal 52 victory and an EL defeat for E&L to steal second place.The top four positions standing at; Midlothian 12 points +127; West Lothian 8 +108; East Lothian 8 +55; Edinburgh & Leith 6 +6.
East Lothian V Fife: Billy Mellors 23 D Comrie 17; John McCrorie 20 R Page 10; Glenn Blair 12 S Bone 20; Steven Morgan 12 D Creevy 17; Brian Young 15 B Doig 19; Mal Higgenbotham 13 A Pearson 27.