Duddingston and Longniddry make strong starts in Summer League

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Duddingston and Longniddry both look in the mood to get in the title hunt in this season’s Edinburgh Summer League.

They both chalked up away wins in their latest matches – Duddingston doing the business across the city at Kingsknowe and Londniddry coming out on top in derby clash with newcomers Craigielaw.

It’s a pity that Duddingston didn’t join other course-owning teams in entering the Dispatch Trophy for the first time this year, especially with Temple not represented either.

That situation will hopefully change in 12 months’ time because it’s surely a trophy Duddy would love to get its name on, having showed real strength by winning the Lothians Team Tournament two years in a row.

The hard-earned 4.5-3.5 victory at Kingsknowe, where the visitors triumphed at the 17th in the bottom three matches, came on the back of big home wins over Liberton and Murrayfield.

Longniddry, last year’s beaten finalists, have now chalked up two wins already on the road this season, having achieved the feat at Swanston before that 5-3 success at Craigielaw.

Also off to a promising start are Broomieknowe, who backed up a big win first time out at West Linton by making home advantage count in a 5.5-2.5 success over Bruntsfield Links.

Royal Musselburgh won at West Linton while Craigmillar Park and Royal Burgess recorded home triumphs over Kingsknowe and Merchants respectively.