Ayr bowlers seek home comfort

By Corinne Hall

Ayr’s bowlers are looking to home in on victory as they bid to bounce back from a disappointing defeat last time out.

The Ayrshire indoor bowlers face Alloa in the Premier League A on Saturday, looking to avenge last week’s defeat to Midlothian, and ease any fears of relegation.

Looking ahead to their latest challenge, John Cuthbertson, one of the skips at the club, said: “When you play at home, you can use your knowledge of the carpet to your advantage. You really should win.

“Because every carpet is a different pace, it always make it hard to win your games away.

“Everyone needs to be practising and we need to hope that everyone is available for selection. Winning at Ayr would almost guarantee staying in the premier league.”

Team Skip, Stuart Wyllie, agreed that a win was essential this weekend, with both teams at the wrong end of the table. Ayr now sit fifth in the six-team league, but have hopes of moving upwards.

“A successful year in my eyes would be third in the league behind Blantyre and Midlothian,” said Stuart.

Both men are confident ahead of the vital fixture, predicting a home victory by at least 30 points.

But John cautioned that there was still a lot of work to be done. He said: “Playing Alloa at home may be an advantage but the away games are just as important. The biggest games of the season for us are to beat Alloa away and Bainfield away. If we win both of those, we would be guaranteed to stay up in the league.”

If the worst did happen, what would relegation mean for the club?

Stuart added: “Most of the better players would move club. There is no massive financial repercussion but it does help to get international players in the team if you are in the premier league.”


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