St Andrews still battling for survival in Weston & District League

Barrie Forse of St Andrews

Barrie Forse of St Andrews - Credit: Mark Atherton

One victory and two narrow defeats have left St Andrews still in danger of relegation from Division One of the Weston & District Over-60s League.

They lost by just six at home to leaders Portishead RBL, having fought back from 11 down at halfway. Barrie Forse’s triple finished 13 shots clear and two of the other rinks lost by a total of just five but the fourth went down heavily.

Narrow margins cost Saints points in their second Over-60s game of the week, at home to local rivals Banwell, who beat them for the second time this season.

After having had to concede one rink because of an unfortunate incident, Saints faced an uphill struggle, especially with Tony Ware’s triple having dropped a seven on the third end.

But after nine of the 18 ends, they were nine shots ahead overall, mainly thanks to Gordon Wride’s trio, who led by 18.

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However, Banwell came back strongly in the second half of the match and two four-shot rink wins, allied to a fine performance from Graham Millard’s triple, saw the visitors home by eight shots.

Saturday’s final game of the week, at home to bottom team Yatton, was a must-win match for St Andrews, who needed the full 12 points at stake.

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But they missed out on a full house because of two one-shot rink defeats. Tony Ware’s triple, five shots down with five ends left, turned it round to win by five, the same margin of victory enjoyed by Tony Steer’s men.

Losing skips Forse and Wride both had a chance of victory on the last end, but finished just short.

The eight points gained left Saints’ fate resting on their final match of the season, away to second-from-bottom Burnham-on-Sea.

St Andrews’ outstanding female player Rebecca McMillan skipped her rink to a 16-shot victory as Somerset beat Hertfordshire at Leamington on Sunday to win the national junior Amy Rose Bowl.

The England selectors might now realise just how good Rebecca is and she is involved in several of the club competition finals which are being held over two days this weekend.

Results, Weston Over-60s League, St Andrews 59 (2) Portishead RBL 65 (10): A Cooper, C Howard, B Forse 24-11; J Keay, A McMillan, A Ware 11-15; R Brereton, M Goddard, G Wride 13-14; A Dawes, R Potter, D Hurst 11-25.

Weston Over-60s League, St Andrews 52 (2) Banwell 60 (10): A Dawes, D Hurst, D Favis conceded; J Keay, A McMillan, A Ware 16-20; A Cooper, C Howard, B Forse 12-16; M Goddard, R Venn, G Wride 24-14.

Weston Over-60s League, St Andrews 69 (8) Yatton 61 (4): D Holborow, C Howard, B Forse 19-20; M Goddard, R Venn, G Wride 16-17; J Keay, A McMillan, A Ware 18-13; A Cooper, D Favis, A Steer 16-11.

Women’s friendly, Isle of Wedmore 39 St Andrews 42: J Webb, D Baker, M Favis 8-17; M Wride, B Mangan, J Smith 22-13; J Forse, M Frost, A Campbell 12-9.

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