Bainfield gents were forced onto the back foot in the early stages of their away match against Falkirk in the A Division of the indoor bowls Premier League and were always struggling against the collar in a 20 shot defeat (83-63).Read More
It was mostly pain without any gain for the visitors from the capital city with Falkirk inflicting defeat on the rinks skipped by Paul ODonnell, James Hogg, and Robert Marshall although two of the three were hard fought battles. The ODonnell rink was the one that that lost by a double figure margin in a game that saw them produce a stronger third and final phase; but too late to influence matters and sadly was blighted by the last end loss of five shots. The only positive outcome for Bainfield was a single shot victory posted by the rink skipped by Gavin Smith.
Falkirks campaign record of three home wins out of three was all the more impressive in that it included the scalp of fellow joint leaders Blantyre indicating that a Bainfield success would be a formbook upset. Bainfield with ace skip Colin Hutchison an absentee hoped for a strong start in response to a clarion call from team captain Alan Brown; but sluggish starts from the ODonnell and Hogg rinks saw Falkirk establish a significant 30-17 supremacy on the first seven-end phase.
The phase two outcome was little better for The Edinburgh Elite with difficult times continuing for ODonnell and now joined in that uncomfortable experience by the Marshall skipped rink resulting in a 31-19 domination by Falkirk. Given the quality of the opposition it will be encouraging to the Bainfield faithful that their team showed good fighting spirit qualities by edging the third and final phase, 27-22.
Smith and his rink of Euan Craig, Alan Brown, and John McDermott looked set for a miserable outcome when trailing Gary Flynn, 13-7 after 10- ends; but galvanised by carding a super six on end 11 they went on to lead 19-16 and held on to edge a 21-20 nail biter. Marshall skipped Mark McIntosh, Danny McCourt, and Daniel Gormley into a 6-0 lead over Jim McHutchison; but suffered a dramatic collapse to 8-14 that included the hefty loss of a 5 and ended up nursing the wounds of a 17-14 defeat. Hogg and his front-three of Tam Ebbs, Brian Stoddart, and Alex Hurry rallied from 8-2 down to 11-9; but conceding a 3 at the next set them on course for an 18-14 defeat from ex East Lothian star Steven Glen.
ODonnell stepping up and into the shoes of Colin Hutchison was restricted to counting at just three of the first 12- ends by which time in the company of Willie McIntosh, Chris Gilchrist, and Craig Paterson they were tailing Steven Allan, 16-2. Even darker clouds at 23-6 sparked a spirited response of 2, 4, 2 but that fight back as undone by the loss of a 5 and the suffering a of a 28-14 defeat. Bainfields current record of three wins from six pitches them four points adrift of joint leaders Blantyre and Falkirk, and four points ahead of relegation zoned Ayr and Alloa.