The recent revival of Postal as a force not to be taken lightly in the battle for survival in Division 1 of the Alpha Trophies sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League is bringing their relegation zoned rivals Hillside and Tanfield under increasing pressure.Read More
There is also a growing cause for concern in the Brunstane camp who still have a seven point comfort zone to trade on but after a terrific start to their campaign they are now fourth bottom and being sucked towards the danger area.
Postal remain anchored at the foot of the table but having refused to throw in the towel last seasons Division 2 champions continued their upwardly mobile fight for survival with an encouraging 5-4 win at home to a toughly competitive Northern.
Hillsides home fixture against Maitland was an opportunity for them to break through the escape hatch especially on the back of a 9-0 thrashing of Tanfield but a demoralising 7-2 defeat suggests their magic wand wasnt in working order.
Parkside continue to occupy the second top spot in a campaign being completely dominated by defending champions Craigentinny and that remains the case after Parkside found their often-missing killer instinct to land a power packed 9-0 blow on Brunstane.
Craigentinny may have shown signs of idling in front by dropping points at home to one time serious rivals Tanfield; but a 7-2 victory will be acceptable to the eight times champions as their lead at the top of table was cut from a massive 20 to a still commanding 18- with a four game run in to come. The Division 1 table after 10 games played reads; Craigentinny 72; Parkside 54; Maitland 50½; Northern 46; Brunstane 40; Tanfield 353½; Hillside 33; Postal 31.
Pilrig continued to show improved form in Division 2 with a 6-3 win at home to table-toppers Queensberry; but a return to the higher echelons remains unlikely with the inaugural Division 1 champions (1998) still a distant third being their victims and Summerside. Summerside kept their promotion prospects sound with a 7-2 win at home to foot of the table Mayfield and that leaves them a sizeable 14 points ahead of Pilrig but 9 adrift of Queensberry.
Leith who have captured the Division 2 title on three occasions so have a heady Division 1 DNA are slipping towards a Division 3 future not helped by a damaging 5-4 defeat at home to Wardie. They sit 3 points ahead of Mayfield but 3 adrift of an Edinburgh West End team that helped their survival cause with a creditable 7-2 win away to Willowbrae. The Division 2 table reads; Queensberry 67; Summerside 58; Pilrig 44; Wardie 42½; Willowbrae 42; West End 38½; Leith 35½; Mayfield 32½.
Carrick Knowe dwarf their rivals in Division 3 and following a 7-2 win at home to Goldenacre they sit 21½ points clear of a second placed Colinton that whacked foot of the table Seafield, 9-0.