West Lothian gents produced the goods with a commanding 20 shot victory (84-64) over Elgin in the A Division of the Premier League and cheered up their home support with a first campaign triumph at the Inveralmond Stadium.Read More
Wins on the rinks skipped by Craig Moss, Calum Logan, and icon figure Neil Speirs inspired a much needed second match success in five that kept West Lothian clear of the immediate relegation zone.
Speirs dominated the scoring on 14 of his 21 ends and included a purple patch spell of 2, 1, 2, 1 2, 3 as he skipped Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale, and Mark Allison into a 14-1 lead then on to a 25-13 win over M Stepney. Logan edged 11 singles in a hard fought battle that saw him skip Darren Pearce, Raymond Logan, and Cameron Greer to an 18-11 win over N Barker. Moss skipped George Sneddon, Dougie Mitchell, and Jamie Aitken into a spectacular 22-0 lead after 11 rip roaring ends but lost their zip on the long run in and were forced to settle for a diminished 27-21 win over M Thurston.
Elgin did make their mark however with the home rink of Richard Mark, Alan McCormick, Gary Orr, and James Speirs suffering 19-14 pain at the hands of Michael Junor. The league table after five games played reads, Falkirk 10, West of Scotland 8, Lanarkshire 6, West Lothian 4, Aberdeen 2, Elgin 0.
This weekends action heralds the start of the second half of the league and sets a tough away test for West Lothian who will be thirsting to avenge a shock opening day defeat when they visit promoted team West of Scotland. Des Hagart and Connor McKendrick return to PL action in place of Dougie Mitchell and Alan McCormick while a tinkered with line up reads; Rink 1. George Sneddon, Jamie Aitken, Mark Allison, and Craig Moss. Rink 2. Richard Mark, Connor McKendrick, Gary Orr, and James Speirs. Rink 3. Darren Pearce, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, and Calum Logan. Rink 4. Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale, Des Hagrt, and Neil Speirs.
Balbardie gents needed a win to lift them clear of the relegation zone in Division 1North and they did so in such brilliant fashion that they crushed joint leaders Cumbernauld, 90-61, at the Park of Peace Stadium in Bathgate. Wins right across the carpet on the rinks skipped Sandy McDougall, Mark Bonar, Walter McDougall, and Ewan Shearer were hard fought in most cases.
But a standout performance by David Rodgers, S McBride, John Ellis, and Sandy McDougall saw them deliver a huge and inspirational 35-10 victory.
Bonar skipped Tam Whitfield, Lindsay Forrest, and Andy Forrest to a 21-19 win while Walter McDougall and his front three of Jim Speirs, Jimmy Mallon, and Scott McMaster edged home, 19-18. Yet another close call saw Ewan Shearer skip Calum Black, Alistair Wilson, and Davie Ross to a 15-14 win.Balbardie are back on the road this week and journey across the Forth to take on a Headwell team that have only managed to win one game in five. There is one change in the Balbardie line up with Iain Grant coming in for Jimmy Mallon.
West Lothian Seniors suffered a heavy 74-42 defeat on their visit to East Division B leaders East Lothian but were hoping to get back on a winning track yesterday when entertaining joint foot of the table Teviotdale.
Balbardie suffered a 71-53 setback at Bainfield and were expecting it to even hotter against East Lothian in yesterday match at Bathgate.
West Lothian ladies sit bottom of the table in the East Premier League and this weekend entertain joint leaders East Fife at Livingston while Balbardie are at home to Headwell in Division 1East.