Tanfield were toasting the impact of Liam McKay after the teenager helped propel them to the quarter-finals of the Edinburgh & Leith Top Five Singles Championship with a 3-1 home victory over Slateford.
McKay, 18, battled back from 20-12 down to pip Andrew Ramsay 21-20 in a thrilling clash, after the hosts’ Charlie McLaren had outsed Ronnie Ramsay 21-8, only for Slateford to respond with Davy Ross scything down Scott Wood 21-8 in 19 ends.
Andrew Ramsay had looked set to swing the tie in Slateford’s favour when he picked up the pace from 12-12 to reach 20 with a purple-patch run of 1, 4, 1, 2 against Liam McKay, but the youngster produced a miracle run of 1, 2, 1, 3, 2 to steal a 21-20 victory.
The fight-back served as an inspiration to team-mate Stuart Campbell, who led Graham McAdam 18-7, only for the Slateford man to peel at 18 with a thrilling 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 2 fight back.
However, the climax was delivered by Campbell in the shape of a, 1, 2 finish to win in 24-ends.