This weekend heralds the final round of fixtures in the national league system and opportunity knocks for the star brigade of West Lothian IBC gents team to clinch a respectable second top place in the A Division of the Premier League.
West Lothian’s disappointing start to the campaign has sentenced them to at best playing second fiddle to runaway table toppers Falkirk who are bidding to make it 10 wins out 10 when they travel to West of Scotland.
WOS currently share the 10 point mark with runner up spot rivals West Lothian but the strong finishing Livingston based team have a massive shot margin advantage of 99.
WL will want to maintain their recent momentum with the Scottish Cup campaign now underway and the team against their foot of the table opponents is strongly formed and expected to deliver a sixth win in 10 games.
Rink 1. Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale ©, Thomas Mann, and Neil Speirs.
Rink 2. Nathan McKendrick, George sneddon, Jamie Aitken, and Craig Moss.
Rink 3. Connor McKendrick, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, and Calum Logan.
Rink 4. Richard Mark, Jamie Edwards, Gary Orr, and James Speirs.
Meanwhile the under pressure gents of Balbardie IBC are in danger of plunging down to Division 2 if they fail to get at least a point in the final match away to second placed Cumbernauld in the climax to Division 1 A.
The Bathgate based side could be saved from automatic relegation if foot of the table Headwell lose at Dundee and that is the likely outcome as the home team is flirting with the threat of ending up in the relegation zone/
The bottom three places reading, Dundee 7 (-15); Balbardie 5 (-10); Headwell 4 (-178).
West Lothian gents launched their Scottish Cup campaign with a resounding 10 –0 prelim round win over Garioch at Arbroath last weekend.
The rink scores were; Craig Moss 36 L Collins 5; Mark Allison 28 B Reid 11; Gary Orr 27 J Banks 13; James Speirs 23 F Muat 10.
West Lothian continue to be favoured with lower league opposition in Round 1 proper as they face Headwell at Stirling a week on Saturday however neighbour club Balbardie are absentees having crashed out to an 8-2 defeat from Tweedbank at East Lothian.
Pulse rates are on the rise at Balbardie IBC thanks to the excitement being generated by the partnership of Betty Johnstone and Pat Purdie progressing to the semi finals stage of the Ladies Seniors Pairs with wins over Midlothian (22-18) and Alloa (19-12) setting up a clash against Lanarkshire on Saturday 2nd March at West of Scotland.