Following their disappointing defeat by Penicuik 3 the previous week, a defeat which cost them the chance of topping the division, the Penicuik trio of Clive Liddiard, Brian Bailey and Tony Brentnall knew that a defeat against EI would cost them 2nd place in the Division. EI, with a game in hand knew that even a point would be a good result for them, their last match of the first half being a postponed fixture against Murrayfield who sat at the foot of the Division 2 table.
The 1st match of the night was going to be crucial as Clive took on EI 1st player, George Oliver. Going into the match, George sat at the top of the individual averages for the Division having won 23 out of his previous 24 matches. Clive was in 2nd place, after two defeats against Penicuik’s 3rd team had seen him win 22 of his 24 matches. An epic encounter looked on the cards. When Clive lost the first two ends things looked bleak for the home side but he rallied brilliantly to win the next three 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 to get Penicuik off to a great start.
The match between the two number 2s was equally as tight with Brian defeating Danny Ward in 5 tight ends to give Penicuik a 2-0 advantage but back came EI with wins for Robert Inder and George to square the match at 2-2. After Clive’s victory against Robert the turning point of the night seemed to be Game 6 where Tony outperformed Danny for a surprise 3-1 win. Penicuik never looked back after that winning 3 of the next 4 matches to run out 7-3 winners. Clive was back to good form winning his 3, Brian won 2, Tony 1 and Brian and Clive combined for an important doubles win.
The result means that Penicuik 3 finish the first half of the season 3 points behind Penicuik 3 at the top of the Table, but importantly ahead of 3rd placed EI. A good first half (16 points out of a possible 20) and the win keeps up the pressure on Penicuik 3 for the 2nd half of the season. See the League table here
The only other action of the week saw Penicuik’s 3rd Handicap Cup Team travel to take on Corstorphine in their last 16 fixture. Gary Mcdougal and John Bald, both victorious from the previous round, joined forces with Gregory Leplatre as they hoped to join Penicuik’s two other teams in the quarter final stage of this years Competition.
The trio came up against a team in form, however, and none of the visitors were able to record a win as they crashed out of the Cup with a 5-0 defeat.