West Lothian gents have yet to win a home match at what was once considered to be a rock solid Fortress Inveralmond Stadium; but opportunity knocks for a third time lucky triumph with this Saturday’s visit of foot of the table Elgin to Livingston.
Elgin’s four opening defeats in a row include away losses at Aberdeen and West of Scotland suggesting that if finding their mojo a star studded West Lothian can bag two points vital to them avoid being sucked deeper into the relegation zone.
The home teams bid to make it two wins out of five is boosted by the return of former international star George Sneddon who following a bowls visit to Hong Kong is selected at lead in preference to Connor McKendrick.
McKendrick joins his brother Nathan on the reserve bench and in company with Duncan Lawson, Grant Knox, Blair Mackie, and Des Hagart. The line up reads; Rink 1. Darren Pearce, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, and Calum Logan. Rink 2. George Sneddon, Dougie Mitchell, Jamie Aitken, and Craig Moss. Rink 3. Richard Mark, Alan McCormick, Gary Orr, and James Speirs. Rink 4. Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale (cpt), Mark Allison, and Neil Speirs.
Balbardie gents dwell in the relegation zone of Division 1A with three points from four games but home environment advantage can spark a revival of fortunes albeit this weekend’s opposition comes in the shape of triple joint top Cumbernauld.
West Lothian ladies are away to Abbeyview in a crucial foot of the table clash in the East Premier Division while their Balbardie counterparts have the opportunity to stay competitive in Division 1 East as they visit a vulnerable Tweedbank.
West Lothian Seniors impressed with a 62-45 win over Bainfeld at Livingston last week but yesterdays visit to East B leaders East Lothian was a much tougher proposition.
Balbardie Seniors need to find a bit of consistent form and having scored a good 81-53 home win over Tweedbank the Bathgate based side would be hoping for a good outcome in yesterdays visit to Bainfield.
Last weekends play-down action of the Gents Scottish Fours saw West Lothian’s ace rink of Bryan Cooper, Dougie Mitchell, James Speirs, and Neil Speirs sent packing by a 19-15 first round defeat at the hands of Stirling. And there was no joy either for the Balbardie rink of Morris McCartney, Adam Gilliland, Tam Stanton, and Kenny Martin who made a 24-11 exit to Falkirk in the prelim round. The four qualifying rinks were; Perth, Tweedbank. Galleon, and East Lothian.
Play in the Ladies Scottish Fours saw the WL rink of Sandra Purdie, Alison Brown, Jean Brown, and Jennifer Sneddon edge a 17-16 thriller over Teviotdale then crash out in the second round to a 28-7 defeat from Midlothian.
Balbardie started well with a 26-4 win over Allander but the rink of Betty Johnston, Kim Ross, Sharon Leitch, and Lorraine Craig lost a hard fought 24-21 battle to East Fife in the second round. The four qualifying rinks were, Stonehaven, Tweedbank, Auchinleck, and East Fife.
Lorraine Craig of Balbardie and West Lothian’s Wendy Purdie are named in the 40 strong Ladies International Trial match being staged at Arbroath on Sunday 2nd December. Ladies trial