East Lothian IBC gent’s side recent encouraging run of results in the A section of the Scottish Premier League came to an abrupt halt last Saturday after they were beaten by last season’s national finalists Falkirk by 16 shots.
The 89-73 result was a hard fought affair but it was the home side that held most of the aces in the final crucial stages of the match and ran out deserved winners. Although safe from the automatic relegation spot of bottom place the result does bring East Lothian back into the danger zone as they are only two points clear of Midlothian who occupy the playoff position for survival in the Premier League.
“We fell out of the game with a weak second half performance and deserved to lose but the result isn’t an out and out disaster for us as getting out of this relegation dog fight is still very much in our own hands,” said an East Lothian spokesman.
Defeat on the rinks skipped by the international duo of Scott Kennedy and Derek Oliver severely blunted the challenge of the visitors and the battling wins on the rinks skipped by Billy Mellors and Willie Wood MBE paled into in significance. Mellors skipped Colin Cook, Jamie Gordon and Andrew Jeffrey to a 22-19 win over Simon Thomson while Wood and his front three of Mark Johnston, Stevie Thomson and Dougie Berwick edged out Jim McHutchison, 19-17. But Kennedy and his normally reliable rink of of Lessel Middler, Gary Darling and Jamie Higgins were never at the races from 6-3 down after five ends and collapsed to a 28-12 defeat from ex garden county star Steven ‘Kinch’ Glen. Kieran Simants, Alan Young, team captain Graham Robertson and Oliver were soon in the doldrums at 16-8 down after 10 ends and they eventually lost 24-20 to Tom Cochrane.
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