Midlothian ladies turned in a strong performance on home territory at The Dalkeith Stadium to score a resounding 42 shot victory (99-57) over close table rivals Coatbridge in the B Division of the premier league.
It’s a result that moves Midlothian up and into joint second place with Coatbridge and Galleon on the 10 point mark however a much superior shot margin bank of 120 puts them streaks ahead of the minus 5 and minus 38 of their respective rivals. Midlothian entered the match against Coatbridge with high hopes of a win but what they didn’t expect was to make ground on the leaders so it was an exciting bonus when news filtered through that table toppers Auchinleck had lost at Galleon.
Galleon’s 74-64 triumph was double edged however with the reduction in the gap at the table from 4 points to 2 very welcome however it is a form line that suggests Midlothian could also struggle to beat the Kilmarnock based team. “Auchinleck still remain firmly in the driving seat and with just two games to go they are the form horse to beat foot of the table Falkirk away, and Coatbridge at home however our focus is to press them by winning away at Galleon then away to East Fife”, reflected spokeswoman Shona Johnstone.
Ace Midlothian skips Stacey McDougall, Jeanette Conlan, and Sandra McLeish were enforced absentees for the visit of second placed Coatbridge however the home support were able to cheer super double figure wins for Annie Rutherford, Gaynor Duncan, and Shona Johnstone. Margaret Porter shaped up well in the early stages of her game but a significant stumble on the run in cost her a narrow defeat, and Midlothian a clean sweep.
Coatbridge had won at home against Midlothian but prospects of them celebrating a double dimmed rapidly with the Dalkeith stars making a sparkling start to dominate the first seven-end phase, 37-10. It was a supersonic start that maintained its momentum on the second phase with the Midlothian support in raptures as their team doubled the match lead from 27 to 54 with a 43-16 supremacy, Rutherford and Duncan operating in stunning high-flying mode. There was a dramatic halt in momentum on the third and final phase and it is much to the credit of a demoralised opposition that they found admirable spirit and ability to capture it, 31-19. Rutherford led 24-2 after 13-ends then skipped Dorothy Millar, Janette McVicar, and Annette Wilson to a 30-12 win over Margaret McSkimming.
Duncan converted a 22-4 lead into a 26-9 win over Janie Kyle; Johnstone led 21-6 and beat Carol Condy, 23-12; Porter led 11-3 but slipped to 24-20 defeat from Janette Bray.