Scunthorpe indoor bowlers battle but face insurmountable task against Spalding
SCUNTHORPE Men faced a difficult fixture against a quality Spalding team in the Lincolnshire County Men's League.
The home side showed their form early on, building a 27-17 lead.
Scunthorpe played well and tried hard to get a foothold in the game, but with the home players producing quality bowls they found it very difficult.
Spalding started to control the match and extended their lead to 59-36 shots by the halfway point.
The hosts continued to play excellent bowls and were 106-48 in front with six ends left to play.
Scunthorpe battled on but found it a difficult task against the relentless positive play of the home team, losing 18-0 points (140-71 shots) and being beaten on all five rinks.
John Rayner, John Downs, Neil Rowe and Phil Boulton started well and held their opponents to 7-all early on.
The home team though, exerted the pressure and although the visitors scored five shots over the final two ends, they lost 20-18.
From 17-12 down, Gordon Bissett, James Staples, Warwick Wooldridge and Steve Burton pulled the score back to 22-21 in their game.
But the visitors lost four shots on the final end in a 26-21 defeat.
Vinny Bolton, Len Lammas, Tom Whiteley and Alex Mullin set off extremely well, taking a 9-1 lead.
However, the home Spalding quartet soon slipped into their stride and won 25-17.
Dennis Rhodes, Steve Redhead, Adam Rhodes and Paul Johnson never managed to get any kind of foothold in their game, losing 29-7.
The rink of Alan Trown, Norman Anderson, John Hopkinson and Jim Davidson also faced an insurmountable task, being beaten 40-8.