Campaign opens with a victory as Scunthorpe work hard to overcome determined Horncastle
The Scunthorpe Mixed Team secured an excellent result in their first match of the season.
Beating Horncastle at home in the Lincolnshire County Mixed League, it was a great start to their 2012/13 programme.
The Scunthorpe team started well, securing an early overall lead of 35 to 17 shots.
The visiting Horncastle team were not about to go down without a fight though, and with some excellent play they pulled the score back, managing to take the lead by 52 shots to 46 at the halfway stage of the match.
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This intriguing battle then swung back in favour of the home team, who retook the lead (79-66) with just a quarter of the game to go.
Consolidating their hard earned lead, the Scunthorpe team eventually secured wins on three out of the five rinks, taking a welcomed first victory by 14 points to four (102 shots to 96).
The Scunthorpe quartet of Jean Hardie, Bill Hutson, Chris Boulton and Alex Mullin shot into an early lead of seven shots to one, but were unable to stop the Horncastle rink from pulling the score back to 7-6 shots in favour of the home four.
Then the Scunthorpe rink, with some excellent bowling, asserted their control, increasing their lead to 18-7 shots and eventually ran out the winners by 23-16 shots.
The home rink of Sylvia Lammas, Gordon Mackfall, Barbara Graves and Ray Robinson took an early lead of 6-4 shots, but by the mid-point of the match found themselves involved in a real battle with a scoreline of 12 shots each.
Both the home rink and the visiting rink produced some accurate quality bowls, but the Scunthorpe rink managed to edge their way into a lead of 20-14 shots.
This competitive duel continued, with the Horncastle rink trying desperately hard to get back on terms.
However, the home rink managed to maintain their advantage to take the victory by 25-19 shots.
Mo Regan, Vince Hardie, Josey Rayner and Phil Boulton started well by securing an early 8-2 shot lead, but they were unable to stop their visiting opponents from playing their way back into the match, squaring the score at 12 shots each.
At 17 shots each, and with both rinks playing well, it was the Scunthorpe rink which sustained their form and finally edged their way to a welcomed victory by 23 shots to 18.
The home rink of Heather Mackfall, Jackie Pettitt, Len Lammas and Jim Davidson developed themselves an early lead of 7-1 shots, but then found themselves struggling to stop their opponents from taking a 14-13 shot lead in the game.
With the Horncastle team scoring two threes and a single shot over the last three ends of the match it gave them the advantage required to secure a victory of 22-16 shots.
The final Scunthorpe rink of Vinny Bolton, Vicki Watts, John Rayner and Joan Bolton found their opponents in fine form, taking an early lead of eight shots to seven.
Battling extremely hard, the home quartet were unable to stop the Horncastle rink, who continued to build on their early lead.
The visitors unrelentingly produced the form shown earlier and took the victory by a score of 21 to 15 shots.
Still, it was a great overall result for the Scunthorpe team.