Robert Marshall is expected to make his seasonal debut for Edinburgh & Leith in todays must win visit to joint section leaders East Lothian at Port Seton and the presence of their iconic figure is cause for optimism in a camp depressed by just one win in three.Read More
The 53 year old six times winner of the E&L Champion o Champions Tait Trophy is down to skip but wont engage in a head to head with his young brother Alex as the MBE of world stage legend is an enforced absentee from the East Lothian line up. The stakes are high for both team as a third defeat would seriously confine E&L to the list of also rans however if able to pull off a shock win against the hot favourites then a lifeline to a qualifying finish in the top two could come into reach.
A win for East Lothian would make it four out of four for the garden county who are neck and neck with a Midlothian team also engaged in a tough encounter today with the visit of West Lothian to Loanhead MW.
The form line dynamics of the E&L v EL clash are made more interesting by the return of last weekends missing stars in the shape of Steven Pilley, John Priestly, and Danny Gormley who along with Robert Marshall replace Alan Brown, Neil Watson, Tam Ebbs, and Gordon Wilson Jnr.
East Lothian rarely under perform and are always great value for money but team manager Stewart Johnston seldom enjoys the luxury of a settled line up and has five enforced absentees to day in the shape of Alex Marshall MBE, Scott Kennedy, Chris Johnston, Steven Mackie, and Joe Mower. Glenn Blair of Haddington makes a welcome return while Johnston gives seasonal debuts to Davie Whitson (Tranent), Craig McLeod (Winton), David Sked (Gifford), and one time captain Steven Morgan of the host club. E&L > Rink 1.Lewis Betts, Gordon Bold, Darren Hush, and Paul Veitch. Rink 2. Kevin Tennant, Ross Thomson, Robert Donaldon, and John McDermott. Rink 3. Euan Craig, John Kidd, Jamie Gracie, and Robert Marshall. Rink 4. Graeme Eddington, Steven Pilley, Craig Pateron, and Paul ODonnell. Rink 5. John Ramsay, John Priestley, Danny Gormley, and James Hogg. Rink 6. Liam McKay, Andy McNab, Stephen Pringle, and David Fisher.
East Lothian > Rink 1. Dean Riva, Matt Osborne, Graham Dodds, and Glenn Blair. Rink 2. Ross Thomson, John Carpenter Jnr, Steven Cochrane, and John McCrorie. Rink 3. Callum Darling, Dave Whitson, Gordon Pryde, and Mal Higgenbotham. Rink 4. Stuart Thomson, Adam Martin, David Sked, and Billy Mellors. Rink 5. Mark McCormack, Craig McLeod, Gordon White, and Steven Morgan. Rink 6. Steven White, Tom Young, Billy Dunleavey, and Brian Young.
Neil Speirs the 2014 gold medal star is in Australia not Loanhead MW and is replaced in the West Lothian line up by the return of 2016 WL Master, Greg Logan.
The absence of Scotland stars Colin Walker and Ronnie Duncan is major challenge for a Midlothian team that also bring in Stuart Roseburgh and Scott Runciman for Dave McGlynn and Calum Redpath.