Bainfield’s two wins out of five is a worrying statistic if survival in the B section of the gents indoor bowls premier league is to be achieved but opportunity knocks this weekend with Edinburgh’s Elite enjoying home advantage against far travelled Aberdeen.
Aberdeen share the same second from bottom wrung as Bainfield in the league table but are not automatic pushovers especially with the home team already having suffered defeat at their Hutchison Crossway Stadium- and well beaten by East Lothian. “Our pre-season game plan was to be especially strong at home so dropping what would have been valuable points came as a blow however we have to take that on the chin and show we have the mental strength to bounce back”, said player manager Gavin Smith.
Smith goes into today’s battle without the services of ace veteran Alan Brown who is unavailable but fields a team that retains its shape and continues to look strong on paper but yet to prove it has the ability to deliver a consistency of winning results. Rink 1. Graeme McIntosh, Steven Pilley, Kevin Tennant, and Robert Marshall. Rink 2. Mark McIntosh, Brian Stoddart, John McDermott, and James Hogg.Rink 3. Jamie Reid, Danny McCourt, Daniel Gormley, and Craig Paterson. Rink 4. Josh Spalding, Steven Rennie, Colin Hutchison (cpt) and Gavin Smith.
East Lothian would have hoped for a better start to their section campaign than three wins out of five but have a very strong foundation to their team and the garden county should start to blossom and most likely today with home advantage over Ayr. “We won away to Ayr in our opening match but the ‘new boy’s to the premier league were no pushover and to achieve the double over them will take a strong performance from us”, said captain Scott Kennedy. Alex Marshall MBE misses the action in a line up that reads, Rink 1. Joe Mower, Andy Jeffrey, Willie Wood MBE, and Billy Mellors. Rink 2. Ewan Fallen, Andy Burt, Graham Robertson, and Derek Oliver. Rink 3. Mal Higgenbotham, Jamie Gordon, Gary Darling, and Jamie Higgins. Rink 4. Mark Johnston, Glenn Blair, Stewart Thomson, and Scott Kennedy.
Midlothian’s five wins out of five to sit top of the A section is brilliant stuff yet they haven’t shaken of a Blantyre team that sits just two points behind them and being close to unbeatable at home are a major threat. Setting the scene for a battle royal today with Blantyre enjoying home advantage against the high-flying stars of the Dalkeith stadium. Team Manager Frank Gray brings in Kevin McDougall and teenager Jack Macnab for Dougie Russell and Jamie Hanlon.
West Lothian visit defending champions Paisley without the services of icon figure Neil Speirs.
Bainfield’s prospects of being in the shake up for top spot in the East B section of the gents seniors indoor bowls national league took a hard nock but in dramatic circumstances in their bid to damage the cause of leaders East Lothian. East Lothian’s last gasp 54-52 away victory at The Hutchison Crossway Stadium made it seven wins out of eight for them and pushed them five points clear of their now third placed Edinburgh based rivals.
The battle for supremacy on all four rinks were hard fought affairs with the rinks skipped by Mike Marshall and Adam Brock keeping Bainfield in the picture but EL doing slightly more damage against Stewart Wilson and Bill Little. With the melting pot absolutely sizzling entering the final ends the hero figures for East Lothian emerged in the shape of Willie Wood MBE carding a vital single and Alistair Russell conjuring up a magic gold plated three. Wood did finish 14-13 down to Bill McIntosh, Irvine Kemp, Walter Borthwick, and Mike Marshall while Les Nicholson, Dick Wilson, Mike Sutherland, and Adam Brock finished 2, 1, 1, 2 to nip Tom Young, 11-10. Wilson finished with a three but went down 13-11 to Lessel Middler, George Gray, Brian Bisset and Peter Laidlaw while Little was edged out 18-16 by Kenny Morgan, Jim McLeod, Ronnie Douglas, and Russell. Balbardie-in second place- beat Teviotdale, 73-56 while Midlothian beat West Lothian, 73-53.