Bowls: Bainfield hope to make home advantage count as they host joint leaders Falkirk

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Bainfield entertain Falkirk at the Hutchison Crossway stadium tomorrow hoping to give the joint leaders of the indoor bowls Premier League A section a good run for their money.

Falkirk have lost only one of their six games – away to reigning national champions West Lothian – but Bainfield team manager John Bell thinks home advantage can tip the scales.

“Our away win over Midlothian last weekend is a timely confidence booster for us and as the Bainfield carpet isn’t any visiting team’s cup of tea my hope is that we can steal a march on Falkirk in the early stages,” he said.

Bell makes one enforced change in personnel with Stevie McLeod unavailable and John Kidd plucked from the reserve bench to play second to Robert Marshall, allowing Alan Brown to move up to third for Paul O’Donnell.

Portobello parade their skills in Division 1C and, as current leaders, have much to play for when they visit second-place Tweedbank at Galashiels.

David Brown comes in for the unavailable BJ Smith and plays second to Ross Thomson, Ian Fleming and Andrew Caldwell while Craig McCall, Andy Davie and Josh Spalding represent a strong reserve bench.

East Lothian expect to become upwardly mobile after inflicting the first defeat of the PL campaign on Section A leaders West Lothian and their flight from the relegation zone should continue at the expense of 
bottom club Coatbridge.

Coatbridge have home carpet advantage but have yet to bank a point after six blanks and they face an EL team now chasing a hat-trick of wins. However, the visitors arrive without Derek Oliver, Billy Mellors, Jamie Higgins and Jamie Gordon.

The selectors have addressed the situation by introducing Ross Thomson to the line-up and giving recalls to Kieran Simants, Calum Darling and Luke Newlands. Former cap Mark Johnston moves from lead to skip in place of Mellors.

West Lothian look to have been stung by their first defeat last weekend as the now joint leaders had failed at the time of writing to announce their line-up for the visit of Midlothian to the Inveralmond stadium.

Midlothian have Danny McDougall back from his visit to Australia and team manager Frank Gray uses him to replace the unavailable Martin Wyllie. Gray said: “We will adopt a never-say-die attitude.” Balbardie visit Fintry in Division 1D.