Edinburgh & Leith target four in a row

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The high-flying Under-25 brigade of Edinburgh & Leith have notched up three wins in a row in The Scottish League Cup and will finish undisputed winners of the East section if successful against Borders at West End BC tomorrow (2pm).

E&L are defending a two-point lead and a plus of 32 and 62 shots over Midlothian and East Lothian respectively and face a Border team that has lost all three of their fixtures.

The city team are hungry to proceed to the knockout stage and are almost at full strength with the unavailable Ross Thomson of Mayfield the only absentee from the team that slaughtered East Lothian by 51 shots.

Ross Byers of Colinton switches rinks and moves up from second to play third to Ross Noble (Sighthill) with Ewan Martin of Gorgie Mills the player drafted in to play second to Stephen Pringle of Carrick Knowe.

Meanwhile, it should be to the advantage of E&L that chief rivals Midlothian and East Lothian face-off at Loanhead MW.

East Lothian had been flying high before being shot down by E&L and team co-ordinator Keith Fender is hoping his young bucks can bounce back and finish their campaign on a high.

Meanwhile, today’s play in the East section of the Cities & Counties Championship, for the Hamilton Trophy, finds Newbridge the host for the important match featuring West Lothian against Midlothian.

WL were surprise losers away to Borders last weekend so the section leaders – joint with East Lothian – need to avoid slipping up on a second banana skin and won’t be helped by the absence of ace skip Thomas Mann of the host club.

Calum Logan steps up to fill Mann’s shoes with Stuart Johnston (Bathgate) brought in to be his third while the injured John Black of Buchan Park is replaced at lead by Diz Drysdale of Bathgate. Top players Lindsay Plenderleith and Kevin McDougall miss the action for Midlothian, who also move AJ Knight to third in Colin Walkers’ rink and promote Ronnie Duncan and Craig Hodge to skip.

Andy Scott moves to the reserve bench with Andy Buerle, Craig More and John Stevenson the three players brought in by team manager Drew Pearson.