Whilst defeat for West Lothian in their opening match of The Hamilton Trophy isn’t the end of the world their 10 shots defeat (116-106) at the hands of Midlothian at Buchan Park (Broxburn) is a disappointing result.Read More
Midlothian produced the goods when questions were being asked of both teams in the closing stages and it may be that a more vigorous pre-campaign build up programme brought vital benefits to the visitors in terms of sharper match fitness, stronger mentality focus, and the stamina to last out the 21-ends.
WL did have their moments and it is to their credit that they absorbed the shock of a 13-0 loss on the first end to quickly bounce back and establish a substantial 15 shot lead (47-32) after seven ends. But the accelerator pedal couldn’t be found leading to steady inroads being made by Midlothian who having cut their deficit to a single shot (78-77) entering end 15 hit the front with a 7-3 score at the next then pressed on to clinch a hard fought victory.
World stage star Ronnie Duncan was the stand out figure across the green and the visitor probably made the difference as he skipped his rink to a handsome 24-11 win over Drew Paterson, David Lamb, Calum Logan and Grant Logan.The other five rinks were all close encounters; Sandy McDougall 20 David Peacock 16; Neil Speirs 21 Scott Briggs 17; Ray Logan 18 Danny McDougall 19; Steven Fleming 18 Colin MacFarlane 19; Thomas Mann 18 Colin Walker 21. West Lothian bid to pick up the pieces this weekend and enjoy home advantage against Fife County at East Calder. Jamie Aitken and David Rodgers come in for absentees David Lamb and Neil Speirs.
A dark cloud over Newbridge last Sunday saw the West Lothian champions make a shock 6-2 exit to far travelled Stranraer of Wigtownshire in the prelim round of The Co-operative Funeralcare Inter County Top Ten Tournament.
The Under 25 brigade of West Lothian B.A. hit the ground running with a 127-109 away win over Stirling in the Scottish League Cup. This weekend’s match is against Renfrewshire at Linlithgow on Sunday (2pm).