Bainfield gents are resigned to finishing in the relegation zone of the indoor bowls Premier League B Division but enter this weekend’s final match entertaining high hopes of avoiding the automatic drop position of bottom place.
Defeat at the hands of joint second top East Lothian is the most likely outcome of Bainfield’s visit to The Alex Marshall Arena; but hope springs eternal that fellow travellers Abbeyview (Dunfermline) will also lose at Ayr. “We are two points better off than foot of the table Abbeyview so if we both lose we are guaranteed a last saloon chance of survival in the playoff position but if we lose and they win we would be sunk”, related Bainfield player manager Gavin Smith
“East Lothian is a hard place for a visiting team to win and the home team will no doubt be keen to built a momentum going into The Scottish Cup campaign however I hope our survival instincts will lift us to a strong performance”. Smith doesn’t have his worries to seek however having been hit hard with the midweek news that ace players Robert Marshall, Craig Paterson, Josh Spalding, and Steven Rennie were not available for selection.
Teenager Cameron Tennant is drafted in for his first premier league match of the season while the exciting talents of John McDermott will be further tested on his promotion from third to skip. Rink 1. Graeme McIntosh, Danny McCourt, Brian Stoddart, and Gavin Smith. Rink 2. Cameron Tennant, Alan Brown, Jamie Reid, and James Hogg. Rink 3. Tam Ebbs, Kerr McKail, Daniel Gormley, and John McDermott. Rink 4. Mark McIntosh, Steven Pilley, Kevin Tennant, and Colin Hutchison.
East Lothian will be hurting at having blown their pre-campaign favourites chance of making it to the playoff final but a chance to finish in clear second is an incentive for a team that welcomes back team captain Scott Kennedy.Top skips Alex Marshall MBE and Billy Mellors are significant absentees in a team that nonetheless still boasts a strong line up. Rink 1. Mal Higgenbotham, Jamie Gordon, Stewart W Thomson, and Derek Oliver. Rink 2. Mark Johnston, Gary Darling, Willie Wood MBE, and Graham Robertson. Rink 3. Andy Jeffrey, Glenn Blair, Ewan Fallen, and Jamie Higgins. Rink 4. Les Middler, Dougie Berwick, Joe Mower, and Scott Kennedy.
Meanwhile a shock quarterfinal defeat for the strongly formed Seniors brigade of East Lothian IBC saw their defence of the Scottish League Title ended, 66-58, by Alloa at Livingston despite ‘the garden county’ storming into a 33-7 lead after five ends.