Watson forced to reshuffle pack for East Lothian clash

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Edinburgh & LEITH recall Colin Hutchison of Goldenacre and Carrick Knowe duo Stephen Pringle and Kevin Tennant for tomorrow’s visit to East Lothian in fixture number three of the Cities and Counties Championship.

The three players missing from last weekend’s winning team against Fife County are Willie McDonald of Craigentinny, Brian Pollard of Queensberry, and Andy McNab of Tanfield. Team manager Willie Watson has moved McNab to the reserve bench, while the other two were unavailable.

Hutchison comes in at third to Robert Marshall to fill the position vacated by Jamie Gracie, who is promoted to skip in the absence of McDonald, while Pringle leads to Paul Veitch and Tennant leads to Paul O’Donnell.

Watson also shuffles some of his pack, with George Kirk switching rinks to play second to Gracie and Steven Pilley moved from lead to second in the rink skipped by O’Donnell. Daniel Gormley switches from Veitch to play lead for Mal Higgenbotham.

East Lothian lost by a single shot away to Borders in their opening match, but bounced back to winning form last weekend against West Fife and team manager Ian Bell goes with an unchanged line-up. The EL skips are Craig Valentine, Billy Mellors, Derek Oliver, Scott Kennedy, John McCrorie and Ian Bell, while James Hogg, Robert Marshall, Paul Veitch, Mal Higgenbotham, Paul O’Donnell and Jamie Gracie head up the E&L challenge.