Bainfield entertain Midlothian at the Hutchison Crossway stadium in tomorrow’s second round of fixtures in the A section of the indoor bowls Premier League and team manager John Bell has them fired up to make things hot for the visitors.
Bell has given a full vote of confidence to the 16-strong line up that launched the campaign with a good home win over a strong Blantyre side, which means budding star Neil Watson is on the bench in company with Stephen Pringle and Zac Abro.
Bainfield, under the captaincy of Paul O’Donnell, expect a tough test from their Midlothian visitors, with the Dalkeith side fortified this weekend by the return of top stars David Peacock and Colin Walker.
Midlothian ring the changes, with Walker skipping a reshaped rink of Jamie Aitken, Craig Hodge and Billy Peacock, while David Peacock takes the helm for Robert Campbell, Lindsay Plenderleith and Kevin McDougall.
Former Portobello star Ian Fleming holds onto a place in the team having been a late call-up against West Lothian and plays second to Rob Crawford, Danny McDougall and Sandy (AJ) Knight.
Team boss Frank Gray has lost the services of ex Portobello kingpin Andrew Caldwell due to holiday commitments, while stalwart campaigner Scott Matthews is switched to the reserve bench.
West Lothian pulled off an impressive away win over Midlothian with five top stars missing, but Neil Speirs, James Speirs, Bryan Cooper, Cameron Greer and team captain Thomas Mann are all back for the visit of Aberdeen to Livingston.
The defending champions will be at full strength and the line up is:
Rink 1: James Greenock, Blair Mackie, George Sneddon, Calum Logan.
Rink 2: Paul Lynas, Raymond Logan, Jamie Gracie, Mark Allison.
Rink 3: Bryan Cooper, Dougie Mitchell, Des Hagart, Neil Speirs.
Rink 4: Cameron Greer, Ian Drysdale, James Speirs, Thomas Mann.
East Lothian looked the real deal in Section B with a strong opening win at home to Falkirk, but a journey north tomorrow to pit their skills against Arbroath will test that promise.
The absence of international star Derek Oliver is a concern, however it is a blow softened by the return of Scott Kennedy and Jamie Higgins. Last week’s debutant David Smart is switched to the reserve bench.
Balbardie entertain Tweedbank at the Park of Peace stadium in Bathgate and make enforced changes with Walter McDougall (skip) and John Gillogley (second) both unavailable for the Division 1C match.
Jimmy Mallon moves up to fill McDougall’s shoes, while Craig Kirkwood and Alistair Wilson come in for seasonal debuts.