Bainfield resume their indoor bowls Premier League campaign tomorrow and entertain high hopes of generating some much -needed cheer in a battle for survival match against Coatbridge at the Hutchison Crossway Stadium.
With both teams sharing the bottom rung of the Section A league table, it is a must win game for both in their bid to escape the relegation zone, and although Coatbridge are no pushovers, it is vital that Bainfield capture full points.
“We are the team with home advantage and it is absolutely vital that we deliver a winning result to move us clear of the automatic relegation position,” said manager Alan Brown.
“I believe we have the calibre of players that can cope with these pressures.”
Brown is without stalwart figure Brian Stoddart but is in the position of introducing former Portobello player Jamie Reid into the picture to hand the Northern BC outdoor star his debut.
“I am pitching Jamie in at the deep end by selecting him at third but he has the skill, nerve and experience to produce a strong performance.”
Craig Paterson captains a strong looking line-up that reads:
Rink 1: Kevin Tennant, Alan Brown, Colin Hutchison, and James Hogg.
Rink 2: Chris Downie, Mark McIntosh, John McDermott, and Gavin Smith.
Rink 3: Graeme McIntosh, Craig Aitken, Jamie Reid, and Barry Hill.
Rink 4: Josh Spalding, Stephen Pringle, Daniel Gormley, and Craig Paterson.
Midlothian feature in the match of the day away to Blantyre with a major frustration for the table-topping visitors that they travel without two of their superstars in the shape of internationalists Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker.
Blantyre sit two points adrift of Midlothian and are close to being unbeatable at home, so the depleted visitors travel more in hope than expectation of pulling off a win that would make them firm favourites to reach the play-off final.
Duncan and Walker are down south competing as a partnership in the World Indoor Pairs Championship robbing Midlothian of two skips and forcing team manager Frank Gray to hand Davy Munro his first experience at the helm of a rink.
Rink 1: Jamie Aitken, Ian Fleming, Colin McFarlane, and Billy Peacock.
Rink 2: Neil Watson, Andy Kelly, Kevin McDougall, and AJ Knight.
Rink 3: Ian Forbes, Ryan Yuill, Colin Bonner, and Davy Munro.
Rink 4: Jamie Macnab, Lindsay Plenderleith, Andy Caldwell, and David Peacock.
West Lothian IBC also remain in the firing line and the three-in-a-row defending champions will stay a serious threat if they deliver a home win at Livingston over fellow contenders Abbeyview.
The Fifers have shown good form to be joint-second with West Lothian and Blantyre so the following WL line up will need to perform up to the mark.
Rink 1: Paul Lynas, Raymond Logan, Jamie Gracie, and Mark Allison.
Rink 2: Richard Mark, Stuart Johnston, Craig Moss, and Calum Logan.
Rink 3: Bryan Cooper, Dougie Mitchell, Paul O’Donnell, and Neil Speirs.
Rink 4: Cameron Greer, Ian Drysdale, James Speirs, and Thomas Mann.