East Lothian gents face a massive challenge when play in the B Division of the indoor bowls Premier League resumes this weekend with the joint leaders making the long trek north to tackle an Aberdeen team that is undefeated at home.Read More
The last time East Lothian campaigned away from the comforts of their own Alex Marshall Arena was a visit to Ardrossan where the outcome was a hefty 29 shot defeat that has endangered the prospects of them qualifying for the playoff final. The current league table after six of the 10 fixtures fulfilled reads as follows, East Lothian 8, Ardrossan 8, Aberdeen 6, Paisley 6, Lanarkshire 6, Balbardie 2.
Ardrossan look good on paper to win at home to relegation zoned Balbardie while a home win for Lanarkshire over Paisley would move them up to a challenging position and there is similar incentive for Aberdeen to throw their hat into the ring.
Whilst star figure Alex Marshall MBE continues to parade his skills for Scotlands medal bid in the World Outdoor Championships being staged at Christchurch NZ there is compensating news that ace players Billy Mellors and Mark Johnston return to the EL line up. Ross Thomson is a recall while the players sidelined are Matt Osborne, Lessel Middler, and budding teenage star Craig Mackintosh. Rink 1. Andrew Jeffrey, Dean Riva, Dougie Berwick, and Scott Kennedy. Rink 2. Calum Darling, Lewis Betts, Glenn Blair, and Billy Mellors. Rink 3. Ross Thomson, Stevie Thomson, Jamie Higgins, and Derek Oliver. Rink 4. Mark Johnston, Willie Wood MBE, Joe Mower, and Graham Robertson ©.
Balbardie are now swimming against the tide in their bid to retain their hard won Premier League status with just one win out of six however that triumph was a convincing 22 shot affair at home to now joint leaders Ardrossan. Whilst a morale boost on their return visit to Ayrshire is unlikely the Bathgate based team is not short of skills or competitive spirit. Jimmy Mallon is missing from a line up that reads, Rink 1. Duncan Smith, John Ellis, Mark Bonar, and Sandy McDougall. Rink 2. Tam Whitfield, Andy Forrest, Jim Speirs, and Walter McDougall. Rink 3. Graham Keery, Scott McMaster, Brian Craig, and Gary Orr. Rink 4. Calum Black, Lindsay Forrest, Davie Ross, and Ewan Shearer.
Midlothian need a win to stay in touch with Division A (PL) leaders Blantyre and Falkirk so tomorrows visit of the latter to The Dalkeith Stadium is a must win fixture for the home side. Whilst there is enough big guns to shoot down the best of oppositions Ronnie Duncan remains in New Zealand and Andy Caldwell is unavailable with former captain Ian Forbes taking the place of the former Portobello star. Rink 1. Scott Runciman, David Salkeld, John Stevenson, and Billy Peacock. Rink 2. Jamie Macnab, Craig Hodge, Scott Briggs, and David Peacock. Rink 3. Ian Forbes, Keith Stables, AJ Knight, and Graeme Archer. Rink 4. Jack Macnab, Ian Fleming, Lindsay Plenderleith, and Colin Walker.