Scunthorpe's seniors show a little improvement at Lincoln
Scunthorpe's seniors took to the road to face Lincoln B in their first match of the season in the Lincolnshire County Over 60's League.
In the corresponding fixture last year, the home side secured a full house of 18 points, so the determined Scunthorpe team had no intentions of returning home empty handed this time around.
The men from Carlton Street started well, developing an early 24 to 22 shots lead and some telling play saw them move to 50-46 ahead at the halfway stage.
Lincoln then started to settle down and produced some excellent bowls, first pulling the scoreline back and then moving 87-68 in front.
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Although Scunthorpe edged the final quarter 32-28 to claim a moral victory, it was not enough to stop the hosts winning the match 16-2 on points (115 to 100 shots).
The home team secured three winning rinks with draws on the other two rinks giving Scunthorpe their two points – slightly better than last year.
The rink of Vinny Bolton, Vince Hardy, Tom Whiteley and Ray Robinson produced a stunning fightback to halve their match.
Although they matched their Lincoln opponents early on in their rink, they were 21-9 behind with five ends to play.
The Scunthorpe quartet though suddenly sprung into action and some excellent play produced 12 shots and secured a 21-21 draw.
The other rink to end all square involved Alan Trown, Peter Bennett, John Rayner and John Hopkinson.
Their best bowls came in the middle of the match as they turned a 9-4 deficit into a 17-12 advantage thanks to a run of 13 shots over seven ends.
Unfortunately they were unable to sustain that standard and the contest finished 20-20.
The Scunthorpe rink of Dennis Chambers, Roy Drury, Len Lammas and Jim Davidson held an early 9-5 lead in their match and although for a while they struggled to contain their hosts, going on to trail 19-13, a late fightback saw them only beaten by a single shot in a 24-23 scoreline.
Scunthorpe's other rinks of Bill Jackson, Stan Shellard, Derek Leeson and Neil Rowe and Gordon Bissett, Bill Hutson, Ron Kelly and Phil Boulton both held early leads, but were eventually both beaten 24-17 and 26-19 respectively.