Bainfield gents team is hoping to create some much needed ‘new year cheer’ this weekend as they are currently haunted by relegation zone blues gong into what is seen as a ‘must win encounter’ against fellow strugglers Abbeyview in the B Division of the indoor bowls premier league
Abbeyview have been cast adrift in the battle for survival and occupy the automatic relegation position with just two points from seven matches but they are a competitive outfit and with pride an issue for them the Dunfermline based Fifers will be no pushover. And home carpet advantage gives them an edge against a Bainfield team that is four points better off but paying the price for a winless away record, and crucially cross the Forth Road Bridge with star figures Robert Marshall and Jamie Reid as enforced absentees.
“It’s a must win game for both teams but we have a stronger glimpse of the daylight than them as we share the same six point mark as Aberdeen which gives us a realistic chance of preserving our premier league status without the trauma of a playoff”, said player manager Gavin Smith. Smith is demanding strong mental toughness and sharp focus from a team that is laden with exciting skills yet flirting with a drop into Division 1 unless they start to deliver winning performances. Rink 1. Tam Ebbs, Danny McCourt, Daniel Gormley, and Craig Paterson. Rink 2. Graeme Mcintosh, Alan brown, Kevin Tennant, and Colin Hutchison. Rink 3. Josh Spalding, Steven Rennie, John McDermott, and Gavin Smith. Rink 4. Mark McIntosh, Steven Pilley, Brian Stoddart, and James Hogg.
East Lothian have a mountain to climb in order to finish top of the table as they face the forlorn hope of pegging back a strong going Falkirk team that sits four points clear of ‘the garden county’ and fellow chasers Ayr. “We face a three match run in and our situation demands that we win them all and hope that Falkirk lose twice which is an optimistic thought but the luck of the draw has landed them with tough away assignments again Ayr, Bainfield, and Aberdeen”, said EL captain Scott Kennedy.
East Lothian entertain far travelled Aberdeen in tomorrow’s match at The Alex Marshall Arena but need to serve up a winning performance without assistance from stalwart figures Mark Johnston and Andy Jeffrey, also icon figure Marshall. Rink 1. Mal Higgenbotham, Jamie Gordon, Jamie Higgins, and Derek Oliver. Rink 2. Ewan Fallen, Andy Burt, Graham Robertson and Willie Wood MBE. Rink 3. Joe Mower, Dougie Berwick, Stuart W Thomson, and Billy Mellors. Rink 4. Lessel Middler, Glenn Blair, Gary Darling, and Scott Kennedy.