WL through to first round cup clash

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West Lothian IBC treated their lowly opponents Allander with total respect.

They fielded a close to full-strength team against them in the prelim round action of the gents’ Scottish Cup and a form book result saw them triumph by 37 shots at Coatbridge.

David Wilson Jnr came in as a late replacement for the injured Calum Logan and the reserve produced a strong performance playing third to George Sneddon.

The 100-63 win for West Lothian fired the five times cup winners into a first round clash against Coatbridge at East Kilbride on Saturday, March 1.

WL achieved their last title success in the cup back in 2005 having lost out in the finals of 2007 and 2012 so there is strong ambition to achieve further celebrations.

Balbardie IBC sat out the prelim round and enter the action with a tough first round assignment against Premier League opposition in the shape of Lanarkshire at Cumbernauld on the same date.

Both local clubs have their minds focused on major engagements looming up before the then with two-in-a-row champions West Lothian bidding to make it a hat trick of title triumphs at the expense of East Lothian in the play-off final of the Premier League at Auchinleck a week on Saturday.

Balbardie are bidding to land promotion to the premier league when the Bathgate based club go head-to-head with Paisley in a winner takes all clash at Stirling on February 16.

Tomorrow (Saturday) heralds the prelim round play in the ladies Scottish Cup and both 
local clubs are involved with West Lothian facing Tweedbank at Midlothian IBC and Balbardie tackling East Fife at Abbeyview.

WL have named theirteam as follows: Rink 1 - Irene Taylor, Isobel Lindsay, Helen MacDonald, Jean Brown. Rink 2 – Betty Tate, Liz Rogers, Lily Sword, Jennifer Sneddon. Rink 3 – Cathy Howie, Lynn Greer, Carole Clarkson, 
Wendy Purdie. Rink 4 - Lucy Noon, Sandra Purdie, Jean McPherson, Claire Watson.

No team news has emerged from Balbardie but however strong they are and despite the fact they have been operating in the premier league it will be tough going against an East Fife opposition that won all eight games in their Division 1B campaign.

The morning league action at the Inveralmond stadium this week saw the strongly formed rink of Frank Weir, George Clark, Colin Russell and Ronnie Martin serve up a top notch performance to crush Bill Tate and Co 21-4.

Martin has now won three out of five but the pace-setters are the Robert McIvor combine who remain unbeaten after carding a single at the last to scramble a thrilling 14-13 win over the Ian McGill combine skipped by Frank Barker.