St Andrews women produce brilliant come back to reach Somerset Fear Cup quarter-finals

St Andrews Women beat Bridgwater to reach Somerset Fear Cup quarter-finals.

St Andrews Women beat Bridgwater to reach Somerset Fear Cup quarter-finals. - Credit: Denis Holborow

St Andrews women staged a brilliant fightback at Bridgwater on Friday to reach the quarter-finals of the Somerset Fear Cup.

Saints, who went into the game as favourites to win, began poorly and were 18 shots down after 10 of the 21 ends. The momentum swung suddenly and, during the rest of the match, the visitors rattled up 54 shots to their opponents’ 15.

They won by 21 and will be at home to Taunton Deane in tomorrow’s (Friday) quarter-final.

On Saturday morning, they are at Wessex in the Southey Trophy quarter-final.

Exactly the opposite happened to Saints men in the home Wedmore Plate tie against Watchet.

At one point, they led by 19 shots, but the lead slipped away gradually. With two rinks still to finish, they were in with a chance, only to lose by six shots.

However, the men maintained their challenge for the Division One North title in the Somerset County League, beating local rivals Clarence by nine shots. Tony Lay, Robin Flaxman, Sam Stocker and Si Angove were the heroes, winning by 19 shots.

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St Andrews Seagulls qualified for the knockout stages of the Fantastic Fives indoor competition when they drew 4-4 at home with Clarrie Doves on Sunday.

They won the singles and pairs, losing the triples and fours by one-shot margins with skip Ann Campbell outstanding.

Results, Somerset Women’s Fear Cup, Bridgwater 54 St Andrews 75: C Andrews, G Holborow, S Sinclair, M Favis 27-12; D Johns, J Bishop, J Pitman, A Campbell 23-24; J Forse, A Powell, D Baker, J Smith 25-18.

Somerset Men’s League Div 1N,  St Andrews A 62 (8) Clarence A 53 (4): J Keay, N Bassett, D Favis, G Wride 18-21; R Venn, D Hurst, D Bailey, D Johnston 15-22; A Lay, R Flaxman, S Stocker, S Angove 29-10.

Somerset Men’s Wedmore Plate, St Andrews 75 Watchet 81: G Cooper, R Flaxman, G Wride, B Forse 16-22; J Keay, R Brereton, D Bailey, R Withers 18-23; M Dew, R Venn, D Hurst, D Johnston 24-19; R Potter, D Johns, D Favis, S Stocker 17-17.

Weston & District over-60s, St Andrews 86 (3) Ashcombe Crusaders 111 (17): D Reynolds, R Potter, G Wride 15-15; M Goddard, A Cooper, D Hurst 11-22; G Sims, R Venn, C Howard 16-23; R Brereton, R Flaxman, D Bailey 17-20; L Fisher, A Lay, A Ware 14-23; G Cooper, N Bassett, D Favis 13-8.

EIBA Fantastic Fives Indoor, St Andrews Seagulls 42 (4) Clarrie Doves 24 (4): singles B Forse 11-5; fours K Uglow, M Campbell, Sue Sinclair, Ann Campbell 6-7; pairs Uglow/Forse 17-3; triples M Campbell, Sinclair, A Campbell 8-9.

Bowls England Family Pairs, area final: K & L Hembrow (Ilminster) 17, P & S Angove (St Andrews) 14.