Braidmen falter over closing stages at Dunbarton


Ballymena A’s disappointing league form continued last Tuesday night when they made the long journey to Dunbarton.

Not for the first time this year the Braid men started a game well only to falter over the closing ends - this time they were six shots ahead at halfway but Dunbarton went on to win by 11 shots.

J R Nicholl, George Graham, Alistair Coleman and Steven Coleman were in sparkling form against M Greenfield and 3 counts of 3 shots over the first 10 ends gave them a 6 shot advantage. Over the next 9 ends the Braid men extended their lead to 13 shots and with each rink claiming 4 shots over the final 2 ends Coleman’s men claimed a well deserved 26-13 victory

Michael Wilson, JJ Robinson, Mark Torrington and Jim Baker were competing well against the Dunbarton rink and even though the visitors won 6 of the opening 10 ends they trailed by 7 shots to 6. The complexion of the game changed on the 11th end when the home rink picked up a count of 5 shots and from then on they took control. The Braid men could only score 4 more singles while the Dunbarton rink accumulated a total of 15 shots to win 27-10.

Steven Shields, Neal Garrett, Andrew Morrison and Andi Duncan started well against M Trainor when they opened their account with three 2’s. The home rink fought back and with 12 ends played they had levelled the game at 8-8 and it was still level at 13-13 after 17 ends. Momentum was now with Dunbarton and 9 shots over the remaining ends gave them victory by a slightly flattering margin of 22-13.

Rod Coleman, Graham Wilson, Steven Falls and Nigel Robinson were tied at 9-9 after nine ends against C McCartan but over the next 4 ends the home rink appeared to gain the upper hand when the outscored the Braid men 7-1. Six shots was still the margin with 5 ends left and it did not look good for Robinson’s men but the visitors dug in and they won all of the remaining ends to claim a hard fought 20-18 win.