Gullane and Haddington close in on the leaders
After last weekend’s washout it was good to see some winter league action on Sunday. In particular Gullane were relieved to find dry conditions – their efforts to advance their campaign during November having returned them two washed out matches and just a single league point courtesy of a draw at Longniddry.
But the defending champions showed composure in the strong wind to hold off a spirited showing from joint leaders North Berwick, and in the end a 3 on the final hole for Scott Walker and Mark Dickson in the top tie proved decisive. That birdie was enough to resolve the tie in their favour, and victory followed soon after for the hosts when their 2nd couple held on for a 1 hole win just as the 4th pair secured their point on the seventeenth. The visitors looked to be closing out the other two ties but in the end George Thomson and Murray Saunders managed to salvage a halved match at the bottom of the order after trailing by 3 with just four holes remaining.
The win moves Gullane within a point of the leaders, and sets up a mouth watering return leg when these two teams meet again next Sunday at North Berwick.
In the second division Haddington crashed in on the promotion race when they repelled the visit of league leaders Craigielaw. The home team seemed to be comfortable in three out of five ties and always looked good for the league points, but with four teams jostling for two promotion spots, the visitors can perhaps look upon the 3-2 final scoreline as some consolation.
Meanwhile Kilspindie returned from a tricky visit to the Glen with a win that moves them up into the promotion places. The result leaves Glen stranded at the foot of the table and their promotion hopes in tatters, but it leaves four teams within a point at the top.And the promotion race is sure to go to the wire this season, with Haddington due to travel to Gifford on the final day’s play, the same day that Craigielaw play host to Kilspindie.