Ladies suffer Plate knockout
SCUNTHORPE Ladies played a match in the National Inter-Club Championship (Yetton Plate) Knockout Competition against Louth.
With two rinks at home and two away, a good run in the competition would provide a morale boost for Scunthorpe after a defeat in the Trudy Bates League.
The home Scunthorpe rink of Sylvia Lammas, Heather Mackfall, Margaret Dargue and Joan Bolton started their game tentatively, finding themselves four shots to three down.
With the Scunthorpe rink playing well and striving hard to exert their authority on the game, they edged into a 15-11 lead by the halfway stage.
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In the final half of this intriguing battle, the home four were unable to retain their lead, eventually losing by just 23-22.
The other home rink of Pam Saxby, Julie Hargraves, Chris Boulton and Marjorie Nash were 8-4 behind early in their match and with the visitors playing well, struggled to make any real impact on the game.
In the second half of the match, Scunthorpe produced some excellent play to pull the score back to 17-17 each, but could not maintain this resurgence and lost 26-19.
The Scunthorpe rink who travelled to Louth – Mo Regan, Greta Deboer, Pat Kelly and Eleanor Nicholson – soon found themselves in trouble, losing 7-0.
However, they managed to find some form to claw their way back to three shots adrift at 10-7 down.
In the latter half, the visitors exerted their authority on the match, dragging themselves back in to contention and then taking a 17-10 lead to win 24-13.
For the other Scunthorpe rink of Margaret Saunby, Vicky Watts, Rita Davey and Josey Rayner, they fell 5-3 behind, with the home rink extending that to 15-4 by the midway point.
The second half of the battle saw the Louth quartet continuing to apply the pressure and running out 30-9 winners.
The collation of the home and away results provided Louth with an overall win of 92 shots to 74, securing them a place in the next round.