LONGNIDDRY stepped up their bid for a first title triumph in 27 years after beating defending champions Glen away as the East Lothian Winter League resumed following the festive break.
The 4-1 win moved the visitors level on points with Tantallon, who lost at home to a Gullane side that is still in the title hunt as well two points behind with a game in hand. But Keith Cunningham’s Longniddry side are in pole position due to a better ‘goal’ difference and they’ll also be encouraged by having home advantage for two of their three remaining matches.
For the Glen, this latest defeat all but confirms a return to the Second Division.
Glen 1, Longniddry 4: George Thomson and Graeme McCann lost to Niall Glen and Myles Cunningham 5 and 3; Jim Jack and Gary Reid lost to Graham Clarke and Michael Bacigalupo 5 and 4; Colin Pattison and Russell Taylor lost to Chris Wood and Nick Aiken 2 and 1; Chris Timms and Barry Ford lost to Luke Fisher and Fraser Johnstone 3 and 2; Innes Christie and Euan Bowden beat David Porteous and Don McKinnon 6 and 5. Juniors: Fraser Christie and Fraser Edgar halved with Chris Algeo and Daniel Algeo.
Tantallon 1…, Gullane 3…,: Stuart O’Connell and Simon Holt lost to Stuart Roberts and Scott Walker 4 and 3; Calum Hill and Chris Low lost to Fraser Syme and Murray Saunders two holes; Stuart Wimberley and Andrew Doig lost to Alan Smith and Duncan Low 2 and 1; Eddie Danks and Roddy Stevenson halved with Robert Jack and Mike Corrie; Fraser Symon and Shaun Gordon beat Lawrie Main and Colin Sinclair 2 and 1.
Haddington 2…, , Musselburgh 2…, : Keith Nicholson and Mark White lost to Myles Clapperton and Cameron Marr 2 and 1; George Blair and David Warner halved with Kenny Wright and Brian Henderson; Law Hardie and Glenn Anderson lost to Benn McLeod and Scott Cunningham 6 and 5; Neil Bain and Andrew Doctor beat Andrew Millar and Craig Jamieson one hole; Steven Smail and Daryll Souness beat Calum Burgess and Lewis Bain two holes.
Castle Park 0, North Berwick 5: David Connachan and Ian Sellwood lost to Mike Gray and Chris Brown 2 and 1; Allan Muirhead and Ricky Thorburn lost to Weston Main and Torquil McInroy one hole; Stuart Elms and Graham Girvan lost to Douglas Turner and Horry Lawson 3 and 2; Brian Thomson and Nicky Brown lost to Euan Lambert and Ross Brydon 2 and 1; Duncan McNeil and John Renton lost to George Cochrane and Gordon Milligan 4 and 3. Juniors: Connor Wilson and Jack Cooper beat Finn Donaldson and Finlay Hutchison 3 and 2.
Gifford 2, Kilspindie 3: Blair Shearer and Colin Shearer lost to David Watters and Graeme White 4 and 3; David Shearer and Stuart Meikle beat Ross Colquhoun and George Gray one hole; Colin Thomson and Gordon Burns beat Cameron Gray and Martin Hay one hole; Mark Fawden and Stephen Doctor lost to Cameron Bourhill and Derek Naples one hole; Kevin Murphy and Steven Doyle lost to Grant Robertson and Gary Porteous 3 and 1.
Thorntree 2, Whitekirk 3: Ian Gordon and Cameron Boyd lost to David Hill and Ian Hazell two holes; Shaun Cunningham and Brian Fairgrieve lost to Andy Ovens and George Ovens 3 and 2; Grant Fleming and Calum Glen beat Ross Millar and Kenny Plain 3 and 2; James Gribben and Craig Baillie beat Craig Fulton and Jack Rogan 4 and 3; Scott Jarvis and Ross Mullen lost to David Jeffrey and David Smith two holes.