Spartans keeper Carswell makes winning Summer League debut

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

Thursday, 26th May 2016, 5:30 am
Blair Carswell
Blair Carswell

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.

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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.


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.