West Lothian IBC enter the Lions Den at Blantyre today where they face the awesome challenge of defeating the seemingly invincible home team to clinch their place in the playoff final for the Premier League title.
Blantyre have only lost once at home over the past five seasons however this final match of the A section campaign has become more of a one off cup tie affair raising hopes in the WL camp that current form may count for nothing. WL- despite their strength in depth – will certainly be the underdogs in the battle between two of the three joint leaders – Midlothian are also in the mix – but the three-in-a-row defending champions will be fired up by an ambition to keep alive their dream of going on to make it four-in-a-row.A victory would do either team because of their shot margin superiority over Midlothian however in the possible but unlikely event of a peel then the team from Dalkeith would steal the show if winning at home against relegation zoned Coatbridge.WL enter the Super Saturday fixture on the back of last weekend’s unconvincing 10 shot win over Bainfield at Livingston and do a slight re-shuffle that includes Paul Lynas returning for Blair Mackie. Rink 1. Cameron Greer, Raymond Logan, Craig Moss, and Calum Logan.Rink 2. Richard Mark, Stuart Johnston, Jamie Gracie, and Mark Allison.Rink 3. Bryan Cooper, Dougie Mitchell, Paul O’Donnell, and Neil Speirs.Rink 4. Paul Lynas, Ian Drysdale, James Speirs, and Thomas Mann ©.
East Lothian’s failure to make it six wins a row with their disappointing defeat at Falkirk last weekend has robbed the ‘garden county elite’ of going into today’s home match against Ardrossan with a chance of snatching the B section honours.“We are now four points off the pace so don’t pose a threat to Aberdeen anymore and it will rub salt into our hurting wounds if the leaders slip up at Paisley and we win as we hope to do”, reflected spokesman Scott Kennedy.EL will now look towards the Scottish Cup campaign that present their next major challenge and hope that today’s league line up can restore team morale.Rink 1. Gary Muir, Andy Burt, Graham Robertson, and Derek Oliver.Rink 2. Ewan Fallen, Kieran Simants, Dougie Berwick, and Billy Mellors.Rink 3. Lessel Middler, Gary Darling, Stuart Thomson, and Scott Kennedy.Rink 4. Mark Johnston ©, Calum Darling, Andy Jeffrey, and Jamie Higgins.