Bainfield gents make the short trip to Falkirk for this weekend’s indoor bowls premier league fixture and whilst The Edinburgh Elite are in good form with two wins out of three in the B section but they will be the underdogs against a competent home team.
Falkirk opened with eye catching away wins over Abbeyview and East Lothian but then surprisingly slipped up at home to newly promoted Ayr suggesting there may be a chink in their armour that Bainfield can exploit. Bainfield welcome back Kevin Tennant to cover the absence of Steven Pilley and continue without Stuart Douglas who finds himself on the bench having been a late call off last weekend. “Falkirk at home will be a tough nut for us to crack and we still have to prove ourselves on away carpets but our team has developed a strong look that encourages us to be optimistic”, said team manager Gavin Smith. Smith has announced his line up as follows; Rink 1. Josh Spalding, Kevin Tennant, Colin Hutchison (cpt), and Robert Marshall. Rink 2. Jamie Reid, Danny McCourt, Daniel Gormley, and Craig Paterson. Rink 3. Mark McIntosh, Brian Stoddart, John McDermott, and James Hogg. Rink 4. Graeme Mcintosh, Kerr McKail, Alan Brown, and Gavin Smith.
East Lothian’s one win from three makes poor reading for ‘The Garden County’ but opportunity knocks for a revival against newly promoted Abbeyview at The Alex Marshall Arena. Marshall himself is a significant absentee and former cap Mark Johnston also misses the action however their replacements are experienced campaigners in the shape of junior cap Ewan Fallen and Andy Burt. The re-shaped EL line up reads; Rink 1. Andy Jeffrey, Glenn Blair, S. W. Thomson, and Jamie Higgins. Rink 2. Joe Mower, Martin Wyllie, Willie Wood MBE, and Billy Mellors. Rink 3. Ewan Fallen, Andy Burt, Graham Robertson, and Derek Oliver. Rink 4. Mal Higgenbotham, Jamie Gordon, Gary Darling, and Scott Kennedy (cpt).
Midlothian sit clear top of Section A of the premier league with three wins out of three and now travel to Lanarkshire in a tricky top versus bottom clash that is fraught with danger for the visitors. Lanarkshire are a strongly competitive team not used to losing four in a row however morale and camaraderie is certainly much higher in a Midlothian camp that welcomes the return of stalwart figure Drew Pearson in place of the absent Ian Fleming. Rink 1. Colin Cook, Andy Caldwell, Danny McDougall, and Billy Peacock. Rink 2. Jamie Hanlan, Dougie Russell, Colin Macfarlane, and Colin Walker. Rink 3. Jamie Macnab, Ryan Yuill, Craig Hodge, and David Peacock.Rink 4. Ian Forbes (cpt), Drew Pearson, Lindsay Plenderleith, and Sandy (AJ) Knight.
West Lothian got off the mark with a home win over Lanarkshire and bid to build momentum on their visit to Arbroath who pose a danger at home however it is must win game for the visitors to stay in touch with the leaders. Ex Bainfield star Paul O’Donnell is absentee from the WL line up with junior cap Jamie Aitken called up for his debut in a line up that reads, Rink 1.Cameron Greer, Connor McKendrick, Craig Moss, and Calum Logan. Rink 2. Jamie Aitken, Raymond Logan, Bryan Cooper, and Neil Speirs. Rink 3. James Greenock, Dougie Mitchell, Stuart Johnston, and Mark Allison. Rink 4. Paul Lynas, Ian Drysdale, James Speirs, and Thomas Mann (cpt).