Bowls: East Lothian set for tough Falkirk trip

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EAST LOTHIAN have momentum and ambition on their side when continuing their late challenge for the indoor bowls premier league section B honours against Falkirk this afternoon but the away fixture is a tough one for the garden county elite.

Five wins on the trot – after a disappointing three opening defeats – have driven East Lothian into second place but still two points adrift of table-toppers Aberdeen with just two fixtures left.

The Dons will be favourites to win today’s match at home to foot-of-the-table Lanarkshire but their visitors are a stronger team than their perilous position suggests.

East Lothian also travel to Falkirk with some trepidation as the relegation strugglers have good form at home and like Lanarkshire are desperate for a win that would help keep them clear of an automatic drop to Division 1. East Lothian continue without the services of two icon figures in the shape of Alex Marshall MBE and Willie Wood MBE and make one change with Kieran Simants coming in to replace fellow teenager Calvert Allison.

East Lothian:

Rink 1: Lessel Middler, Gary Darling, Stuart Thomson, Scott Kennedy.

Rink 2: Gary Muir, Andy Burt, Graham Robertson, Derek Oliver.

Rink 3: Ewan Fallen, Kieran Simants, Dougie Berwick, Billy Mellors.

Rink 4: Mark Johnston, Calum Darling, Andy Jeffrey, Jamie Higgins.

It is also a massive day for the ladies of East Lothian IBC as they go into the final match of their Division 1C league in pole position but only a precarious single point ahead of Balbardie.

The top two clash at the Meadowmill Stadium and that could give EL the edge.

East Lothian:

Rink 1: M Kivlin, P Turner, M Thomson, Janet Fairnie.

Rink 2: J McFarlane, R Mackintosh, M Hamilton, Emma Brown.

Rink 3: M Devine, J Russell, C Ward, Yvonne Veitch.

Rink 4: M Murray, I Combe, G Mackintosh, Nancy McNeil.