Postal have the chance to stamp their authority on Division 2 of the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League when the leaders go head to head with third placed rivals Wardie in tonight’s 10th round of fixtures of the 14 match campaign.Read More
The Postal record to date is an impressive eight wins out of nine and that has earned them a 10 point lead over tonight’s rivals who sit five points adrift of second placed Brunstane. With the race for promotion to Division 1about to enter the final straight there is rising excitement in the respective camps especially of the two frontrunners who unlike Wardie have yet to experience life in the top echelon of the EBL. Postal are the away team tonight and it is a tall order to beat a competitive Wardie team on their home soil but the strong incentive is that a result that widens the gap between first and third increases the certainty of the current leaders finishing in the top two. Brunstane entertain middle of the table Dudley so look favourites to stay in the top two picture while fourth placed West End could create excitement if achieving a sizeable win away to foot of the table Goldenacre.
Another feature of the unfolding Division 2 drama is the plight of Summerside who having enjoyed a magic carpet ride from Division 3 to Division 1 encountered a change of wind direction last season and are now in danger of returning to their Division 3 roots. Summerside sit second bottom and will remain anchored in the relegation zone if suffering a punishing defeat away to a Leith team fighting desperately to put more than the current single point gap between them. Mayfield and Whitehouse & Grange share the top spot in Division 3 and have the comfort of a seven-point cushion separating them from third placed Willowbrae. W&G will fancy their chances away to third from bottom Blackhall while Mayfield face stronger opposition but have the chance of increasing their promotion prospects at home to Willowbrae.
Former Water of Leith League clubs Sighthill and Gorgie Mills are dominating the race for promotion in Division 5 and it is a similar story in Division 4 where Carrick Knowe, Bainfield, and Colinton fill the top three positions. Sighthill have won eight out of eight and captured 68 points in the process to show 17 points ahead of Gorgie Mills with both clubs well clear of the rest of the pack in Division 5 and tonight’s fixtures features Sighthill away to Tramways and Gorgie Mills away to Trinity. Carrick Knowe are aiming to make it 10 wins out 10 when the former giants of the WOLL travel to take on fellow migrant club Bainfield in tonight’s meaty top of the table clash. The total shots tally of the runaway leaders – 72 points to the 49 of Bainfield – is a spectacular 745 that makes them the highest of all five EBL Divisions. Third placed Colinton sit one point ahead of Dean whom they entertain tonight. The Division 1 fixtures are headlined by second placed Maitland at home to leaders Craigentinny while the others are Queensberry v Parkside; Tanfield v Pilrig, Northern v Hillside.