Double success for Mossley over Belmont

Mossley Bowling Club’s two Saturday teams were in fine form in their last outing (July 7), registering two victories against the Senior and Junior teams from Belmont Park.

At Mossley, the juniors ended their poor run of form which had seen them lose their last two games, by collecting 6.5 points in a 35-shot (100-65) win against Belmont Park’s juniors.

Belmont arrived for the match with only 15 players, meaning that one of their rinks would have to play with just three players and suffer a deduction of 25 per cent of their rink score. This proved vital in the end as the Belmont rink, skipped by R Simms, saw a 28-24 win against Mossley’s Jim Kelly turned into a 21-24 loss once the deduction had been applied.

For Mossley, only Seamus McTasney and his rink were unable to finish ahead of their opponents when their game finished drawn at 18-18.

Although it was a fine win, the 6.5 points wasn’t enough for Mossley juniors to retain their position at the top of the league as nearest challengers Knock leap-frogged them with a 7-0 win at home to North Belfast. With just four league games remaining, Mossley juniors are involved in a four-way fight with Knock BC, Ewarts BC and Ards BC for the two coveted promotion places that would see the successful clubs play in PGL Junior Division 1 next season.

Rink scores: Ronnie Templeton 34; W. Davidson 9; Jim Kelly 24 R Simms 21; Seamus McTasney 18; D. Matchett 18; Sam Saulters 24; J. McIlwaine 17.

Meanwhile, over at Belmont, Mossley’s seniors registered a 6-1 win against bottom of the league Belmont Park seniors, by an impressive 42 shots (97-55) – their second successive away victory by this margin in an eight-day period. Top scorers were the rink of Stuart Reid, Tommy O’Boyle, John Montgomery and Colin Houston who ran out 37-7 winners against Belmont’s P. Hamilton.

Belmont’s E. Willis picked up the home team’s only point in a close encounter against Mossley’s Ian Strange. The six points extended Mossley seniors’ lead at the top of PGL Senior Division 2 to 13 points ahead of Ewarts Bowling Club (with just five league games remaining) as nearest challengers Ards BC were defeated by NI Civil Service Bowling Club.

It is now NI Civil Service who pose the biggest threat to Mossley’s chances of winning this league for the second successive season – although they trail Mossley by 14.5 points they have a game in hand and have still to play Mossley at home on August 11.

Rink Scores – Stanley Strange 23 B Heaney 12; Colin Houston 37 P Hamilton 7; Ian Strange 13 E Willis 20; E Crawford 24 J Gorman 16

On Wednesday, July 4 Mossley’s midweek team travelled to play Willowfield BC minus a few regulars and returned home empty-handed as none of the visiting rinks could register a victory.

The result leaves Mossley rooted one place from the bottom of their league with relegation into midweek Division 2 a distinct possibility with just five games of the season remaining.

The PGL league now takes a two-week break with the club’s next match the Mid-Week league at home to Dunbarton BC on Wednesday, July 25 ahead of senior and junior games against Comber BC on Saturday, July 28.