Bainfield’s gents team travel to Blantyre tomorrow more in hope than expectation ahead of their indoor bowls premier league fixture.
Blantyre are almost invincible at home, so a Bainfield side desperate to escape the relegation zone and handicapped by the absence of icon Robert Marshall and stalwart Brian Stoddart face a tough task to avoid losing for a fourth time in a row.
Midlothian, who share the bottom rung with Inverclyde, Bainfield, and Aberdeen, also face a mountain to climb tomorrow as they travel to Livingston to take on league leaders West Lothian.
Ian Fleming, Martin Wyllie and Robert Campbell are all enforced absentees from the Midlothian side, so team manager Frank Gray reshapes a line-up which gives Mark Yuill and Jamie Macnab a campaign debut, with Lindsay Plenderleith making a return.
Gray restores Billy Peacock to the skip position and switches Ronnie Duncan down to be his third, while former Portobello star Andrew Caldwell is stepped up to play third to Colin Walker.
West Lothian have former Bainfield star Jamie Gracie back on duty and he will play third to Mark Allison, while Raymond Logan reverts to playing second to Neil Speirs with Dougie Mitchell the absentee.
East Lothian sit top of the B section but expect a severe test when they visit serious rivals Falkirk. However, morale is high and further boosted by the return to action of Willie Wood and Mark Johnston.
Wood lines up at third to last weekend’s hero, skip Scott Kennedy, while Johnston leads to Derek Oliver. Gary Darling and Stuart Thomson are sidelined to the reserve bench.
Balbardie bid to maintain top spot in Division 1C table when the Bathgate based club visit a Berwickshire team they beat by a whopping 74 shots on the opening day of the campaign.
But Berwickshire is a newcomer to the national league, so a first visit to the English venue represents unknown territory to a Balbardie side welcoming back Ally Wilson and Andy Jenkins for the absent Diz Drysdale and Lawson Trotter.