Ballymena Midweek kept their promotion aspirations alive when they travelled to Hilden last Wednesday night and came home with 5 of the 7 points on offer.
Keith Burnett, Wilfie Stewart, Paul Davidson and Joe McKeown won 4 of the first 1ww0 ends against I McDonald however they were still very much in the game as they only trailed by 2 shots.
The Ballymena men snatched the lead from the Hilden rink when they picked up 5 shots on the next end and they had the better of the remaining ends during which they picked by four 2’s to claim victory by 20 shots to 14.
Willie McNabb, John Houston, Liam Lyness and Robert Mark took a while to settle down against D Harron on rink 2. The visitors could only win 3 of the opening 10 ends and at this stage of the game the home rink lead by 10 shots to 4.
The Ballymena men collected 3 singles over the next 3 ends to halve the deficit but that was as close as they could get to the Hilden men and when the game had been completed 3 shots was still the margin with the final score 14-11.
On rink 4 John Montgomery, Dessie Shaw, Norman Armstrong and Arnold Kenny were drawn against R Campbell.
The home rink had slightly the better of the opening exchanges and with 5 ends played the Hilden rink lead by 6 shots to 2.
The Braid men then picked up 2 singles and a count of 6 shots on the 8th end saw them hit the front.
The next 9 ends were well contested and with only 1 end remaining the scores were tied at 14-14 however there was disappointment for the Ballymena rink as the Hilden rink scored a single on the final end to claim victory by 15 shots to 14.
Roy Kernohan, Bertie Thompson, Allen Stewart and Jim Cameron were in fine form against M McClean on rink 4.
The Ballymena men opened their account with a single on the first end and 5 shots on the next end saw the visitors take control from an early stage.
The home rink did their best to stay in touch and with 12 ends completed the margin was 5 shots but the Ballymena rink finished strongly and another 5 shots on the 13th end ensured that victory would go to Cameron’s men who eventually won the game by 22 shots to 11.
Next week Ballymena entertain Pickie B.