BAINFIELD can ill afford to lose three games on the trot in the ultra-competitive A section of the indoor bowls premier league, so tomorrow’s match against defending champions West Lothian at the Hutchison Crossway Stadium is a crucial clash.
Team manager John Bell will hope the return of lead figure Robert Marshall will stimulate a much-needed recovery.
He said: “Robert does make a big difference to us and our shape and line-up is further refreshed by the return of Brian Stoddart and the introduction of Barry Hill for his campaign debut.”
Bell has retained the services of Mark McIntosh, who impressed against Aberdeen, so the three players he has sidelined are Steven Rennie and stalwart figures Stephen Pringle and Alan Brown.
A reshaped line-up finds team captain Paul O’Donnell skipping Craig Paterson, Stoddart, and Hill, while Marshall is given a front-three of Neil Watson, Kevin Tenant and Craig Moss. Colin Hutchison is given outdoor cap James Hogg as his third and Daniel Gormley and Zak Abro as a front-end while Gavin Smith skips Chris Downie, McIntosh and John McDermott.
West Lothian thrashed Inverclyde by 41 shots last weekend and the return of former cap George Sneddon to play third to Calum Logan restores them to full strength.
The home win over Inverclyde saw team captain Thomas Mann skip Cameron Greer, Ian Drysdale and James Speirs to a 30-13 win while Mark Allison and his rink of Paul Lynas, Richard Mark and Jamie Gracie won 27-9.
Neil Speirs and his front-three of Brian Cooper, Dougie Mitchell and Des Hagart triumphed 29-19 but the rink of James Greenock, Blair Mackie, Raymond Logan and Calum Logan lost 23-19.
Midlothian face an awkward visit to Inverclyde, but they are enhanced by the return of internationalist Colin Walker.
East Lothian may have to sharpen up on their recent form to make an impression on their away visit to Lanarkshire in the B section of the premier league and they go into battle without two regular stars in Willie Wood and Mark Johnston.
Meanwhile, it’s a big day for 16-year-old Jordan Pearce of Kirkliston at The Dewars Stadium in Perth today, with the West Lothian IBC teenager bidding for the Scottish Young Masters title against Lee McCormack of Stirling.