Spartans keeper Carswell makes winning Summer League debut

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BLAIR CARSWELL swapped his goalkeeping gloves for a golf one to make a winning debut in the Clarity-sponsored Edinburgh Summer League.

Carswell, who is Spartans’ first-choice shot-stopper, helped Silverknowes make home advantage count with a 6-2 victory over Newbattle.

“Blair finds it difficult to get as much golf in as he would like because of his football commitments, but had a great win on his debut,” said Alex Renton of Carswell beating Craig Sturgeon 3&2.

Tom Caldwell, Keith Reilly, Murray Paterson and Kenny Alexander also won their matches as Silverknowes bounced back from an opening defeat in this year’s campaign at Longniddry.

In their second game, the East Lothian club laid down an early marker by chalking up a 4.5-3.5 win at Kingsknowe thanks to Jonny Watt holing a six-footer at the last to beat Graeme Fraser.

“We were delighted to pull off a hard-fought away win which is very difficult to achieve,” admitted Longniddry’s Alistair Robertson.

Newcomers Craigielaw also won on the road – at Dalmahoy – while Turnhouse emulated that feat at Prestonfield.

Title holders Royal Burgess completed a second whitewash in a row at the Barnton, this time against Merchants, while Baberton, Duddingston, Royal Musselburgh and Mortonhall also won at home.

Results

Silverknowes 6, Newbattle 2: A Dick halved with S Thorburn; T Caldwell bt G Thorburn one hole; K Reilly bt G Reid 5&4; I Doig lost to C Church 3&2; M Paterson bt P Hardwick 2&1; B Carswell bt C Surgeon 3&2; C Milligan halved with S Stables; K Alexander bt J Hunter 2&1.

Kingsknowe 3.5, Longniddry 4.5: G Malone halved with M Bacigalupo; S McCulloch lost to D Connolly 5&4; D Munro bt F Johnston one hole; E Chancellor lost to C Farrell 4&3; G Muir bt D Rudd one hole; N McCulloch lost to D Martin 4&3; M Carnie bt K Girder 5&4; G Fraser lost to J Watt one hole.

Mortonhall 5, West Linton 3: G Nicolson bt S MacKay 4&3; I Dickson lost to S Smith one hole; M Fitheridge bt A Stott 5&4; D Hamilton lost to S Walter 2&1; R Paterson bt J Grahame 6&5; G Clark bt C Taylor two holes; W Kerr lost to P Neil 2&1; C Timms bt S Walker 3&2.

Baberton 7, Broomieknowe 1: D Waugh bt A Sim one hole; S Carmichael bt S Reid 2&1; C Malone bt S Marc one hole; A Macphail bt S Beck 6&4; S Marshall halved with J Ross;

C Purves bt J McIntosh 6&4; J Downie halved with C Renton; T Cannon bt N Webster 5&4.

Royal Musselburgh 5, Glencorse 3: R Colquhoun lost to S McGarvey 4&3; C Ratcliffe bt A Shanks 3&2; S Cunningham bt D Thomson 5&4; C Mackie lost to P Stewart 5&4; C Johnstone bt J Lamb 6&4; K Young bt K Carson 4&3; K Fee lost to J Lamb 3&1; J Hall bt J Lamb 3&2.

Dalmahoy 2.5, Craigielaw 5.5: S Murray lost to T Whitelaw 7&5; G Johnston bt C Davidson two holes; A Mason lost to G Maiden one hole; S Agnew lost to G Gilmour 3&1; A Dochety halved with D Nicolson; A Wallace lost to L Reid 5&4; J Silvestro lost to G Dalziel one hole; B Muir bt A Hastings one hole.

Duddingston 7.5, Murrayfield 0.5: Gary Thomson bt David Marshall 7&6; David Miller halved with Lloyd Dunlop; Mike Armstrong bt Alan Daley 4&2; Conor Scott bt Stuart McKay one hole; Craig Pirie bt Andrew Ni 2&1; Gus Santana bt Cammy Whyte 4&3; Alan Banks bt Chris Stuart 6&4; Derrick Williams bt Bobby Gibson one hole.

Prestonfield 3.5, Turnhouse 4.5: Gavin Dear lost to Euan McIntosh 4&3; Scott Johnston halved with Steven Armstrong; Kevin Wood bt Andrew Young one hole; Harvey Stott lost to Olly McCrone 7&5; Jamie Binning lost to Jack McVey 4&3; Kevin McGhee lost to Lindsay Gordon 7&6; Fraser Murray bt Colin Davidson one hole; Joe O’Neill bt Mark Napier 2&1.

Royal Burgess 8, Merchants 0: S Buckley bt A Helm 2&1; J Lockie bt R Craig 3&1; J Fraser bt M Leitch 2&1; G Archibald bt G Muir 8&7; V Varadharajan bt A George 3&2; S Gray bt A Brown 2&1; D Johnson bt C Hall 4&3; J Yuille bt F Smith 6&5.