Expectations that East Lothian would complete an opening hat-trick of wins at the expense of Ardrossan in the B section of the indoor bowls premier league were dashed when the visitors pulled off a shock 75-74 victory.
Ardrossan arrived at the Meadowmill Stadium near Tranent having won their two opening matches but not decisively so and although Ayrshire breeds competitive bowlers the high danger level posed by the newly-promoted club wasn’t too obvious.
The margin of defeat was the bare minimum but it cost East Lothian two home points and in a highly competitive race to finish top of the section saw them slip down the table to share the four-point mark with Falkirk and Lanarkshire.
“It’s a major disappointment for a team of our quality to lose at home but hopefully it is just a blip and we will dust ourselves down and resume our winning ways quickly,” said team skipper Billy Mellors.
Mellors showed the leadership qualities of a captain to win his game but Alex Marshall was held to a draw and the rinks skipped by Willie Wood and Scott Kennedy both lost.
Meanwhile East Lothian’s ladies look to be the real deal in Division 1C of the national league and having opened with a 32-shot away success over Teviotdale chalked up win number two away to Tweedbank.
Tweedbank did put up a strong resistance that included inflicting a nine-shot defeat on the rink skipped by Yvonne Veitch but EL skips Nancy McNeil (+9), Muriel Hamilron (+3) and Janet Fairnie (+1) had the measure of their respective opposition.