Bowls: Bainfield bid to take a step to safety

Robert Marshall lines up in Rink 1 for Bainfield

Robert Marshall lines up in Rink 1 for Bainfield

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Bainfield’s two wins out of five is a worrying statistic if survival in the B section of the gents indoor bowls Premier League is to be achieved but opportunity knocks this weekend with Edinburgh’s elite enjoying home advantage against Aberdeen.

The visitors are level with Bainfield in the league.

Bainfield player manager Gavin Smith goes into today’s battle without the services of unavailable veteran Alan Brown but fields a team that retains its shape and continues to look strong on paper.

Bainfield:

Rink 1: Graeme McIntosh, Steven Pilley, Kevin Tennant, Robert Marshall.

Rink 2: Mark McIntosh, Brian Stoddart, John McDermott, James Hogg.

Rink 3: Jamie Reid, Danny McCourt, Daniel Gormley, Craig Paterson.

Rink 4: Josh Spalding, Steven Rennie, Colin Hutchison (c), Gavin Smith.

East Lothian would have hoped for a better start to their section campaign than three wins out of five but they have a very strong foundation to their team and enjoy home advantage against Ayr.

“We won away to Ayr in our opening match but the new boys to the league were no pushover and to achieve the double over them will take a strong performance from us,” said captain Scott Kennedy.

Alex Marshall misses the action.

East Lothian:

Rink 1: Joe Mower, Andy Jeffrey, Willie Wood, Billy Mellors.

Rink 2: Ewan Fallen, Andy Burt, Graham Robertson, Derek Oliver.

Rink 3: Mal Higgenbotham, Jamie Gordon, Gary Darling, Jamie Higgins.

Rink 4: Mark Johnston, Glenn Blair, Stewart Thomson, Scott Kennedy.

Midlothian’s five wins out of five to sit top of the A section is brilliant stuff yet they haven’t shaken off a Blantyre team that sits just two points behind them and, being close to unbeatable at home, are a major threat.

Blantyre enjoying home against the high-flying stars of the Dalkeith stadium. Midlothian manager Frank Gray brings in Kevin McDougall and teenager Jack Macnab for Dougie Russell and Jamie Hanlon.

West Lothian visit defending champions Paisley without the services of star man Neil Speirs.