East Lothian gents have been knocked off their perch at the top of the indoor bowls B section of the Premier League having suffered a 73-69 frustrating away defeat from a Falkirk team also making a strong challenge to land the qualifying honour.
Falkirk remain undefeated at home and their reward for making it four wins out of four is to join East Lothian as a twin threat to Ardrossan who went two points clear with their 93-79 away win over Arbroath, who remain in last place.
“Falkirk punished us on two of our rinks and we paid the price for that,” reflected EL team captain Billy Mellors.
East Lothian were kept in the picture by excellent wins on the rinks skipped by Alex Marshall and Scott Kennedy but Falkirk trumped their efforts by having the upper-hand over Derek Oliver and Mellors.
Marshall served up a magnificent display to skip Kieran Simants, Dougie Berwick and Steven Morgan to a 28-12 win over Steven Allan that should have inspired the EL effort across the carpet.
But the only positive response came from Kennedy who dug himself out of some early trouble with a strong finish to skip Colin Cook, Jamie Gordon and Willie Wood to a 17-12 win over Tom Cochrane.
Mellors and his rink of Jamie Higgins, Gary Muir and Andy Jeffrey were subjected to a nightmare experience by former EL star Steven Glen who converted a 13-3 lead into a substantial 26-11 victory.
Oliver and his front-three of Mark Johnston, Ewan Fallen and Graham Robertson were also subject to lean treatment from opposing skip Jim McHutchison and suffered a 23-13 defeat.
• THE AGM of the Alpha Trophies-sponsored Edinburgh Bowling League is being held at Parkside BC this Sunday (1pm) and one item on the agenda is confirmation that the Annual Sportsmen’s Dinner is scheduled for the Masonic Club on Friday, March 21.