Within the course of a week, Wedmore men won four significant matches away from home. In the Weston and District Cup, they beat Clarence Golds over six rinks by 108 shots to 85 overall and by four-two on rinks. Keith Pettit’s men had a lovely day out running up an unchallenged score of 30 shots to seven. Ron Barron’s gents had to fight harder, leading ten shots to two on end 12, only to see a late surge from their opponents who scored eight shots over the next six ends but that remained a Wedmore victory at 14 shots to ten. Roy Thurkettle’s lads were eight down, when they scored a five followed by a six to emerge 18-15 leaders, hanging on to win 19 shots to 18. Tony Brown’s boys were ahead until end 15 when Clarence pulled up to 12 shots all, were repelled by Wedmore who were ahead 17 shots to 12 going into the last end looking comfortable. They were stung by a five score from Clarence so finished with a 17 all tie. Dave Collins and co. were in a close scrap with the lead changing hands standing at 14 shots all going into the last end which Clarence nicked by one shot. Dave Nichols’ team were also in a close contest, just two shots behind at end 16 but going down 14 shots to 16.
The next day, in the Clevedon and District Cup, some of the same faces with some fresh ones went to West Blackwell and won by 142 shots to 96 overall and by five rinks to one. The lead chopped and changed for Roger Hughes’ crew until a five score put them ahead on end 11, with a hearty ten shots being scored over the last five ends giving a victory of 24 shots to 12. Dave Nichols and support just kept banging in the winning shots to triumph 25 shots to 14. Eddie Payne’s people scored a six on end three to put them in charge, leading by 16 shots on end 12 when a finishing spurt by the opposition brought them up to 14 shots but not enough to topple the visitors on 23. Keith Pettit and friends started slowly but caught up by end ten, pressing on to win 17 shots to 12. Colin Moss and mates had to hold their nerve, coming from 12-18 shots down at end 15 to a deserved win of 20 shots to 18. Ron Barron’s side were in the game throughout but were pipped at the post, losing 16 shots to 18.
Next up was a Clevedon and District triples league match at Chew Stoke where Wedmore were dominant, winning by 157 shots to 78 overall and rinks four nil plus two tied resulting in a 16 points haul. Roger Hughes was again a prominent skipper with able assistance, always in the lead and some high scoring ends to finish with a sparkling 38 shots to eight. Colin Moss’ group was never seriously challenged and ran out easy winners by 29 shots to 11. David Wederell’s fellows took some time to settle but a six on end nine put them ahead where they stayed until victory at 27 shots to 11. Ron Barron’s band were also slow off the mark but took the lead with five score on end which by the last had become a clear 28 shots to 13 win. Dave Nichols’ troops put up a good fight and looked to be edging it with a four shot lead going into the last but Chew Stoke scored four to claim a 20-20 tie. In a close game, Keith Pettit’s bunch took the led on end 14, the first time since end one, but a steady finish by Chew meant a 15 all tie.
In the County League matches, the B team continued the away winning sequence against Banwell B in a low scoring match, winning by 60 shots to 50 overall and two to one on rinks. Dennis Stansfield’s troops kept plugging away with ones and twos turning into a solid 26-15 victory. Stuart Fisher’s outfit came from a long spell behind to lead on end 14, kept it that way with a good finish to win 21 shots to 15. Roy Thurkettle’s gents were in contention until mid-way when the opposition pulled away to win by ten shots.
Both the A and C team lost their matches in their respective County League. In the “A” match, Roger Hughes again kept the flag flying with his cohort trailing most of the game, clawing up to within one point at end 15, drawing level on end 20 and pulling off the win 16-15 shots at the last. Dave Nichols’ lot swapped the lead and saw their opponents score five on end 19, to lead 18-14 but then pulled it back over the last two ends for a tie 18 shots all. Eddie Payne and associates kept in touch with the leaders but conceding a six score on end 18 proved too big a set- back, losing 17 shots to 21.
The “C” team lost at home to Mark Moor by 56 shots to 68 overall and one-two on rinks. Terry Simpson’s pack had the best result, never being behind and winning handsomely 28 shots to 15. Jim White’s rink had their chances, being briefly in the lead at one point but it ended 16 shots to 27. Brendon Cottrell’s set had a hard day, losing 12 shots to 26.
In the Ladies’ Triples League, Wedmore narrowly won at home against Victoria White by 53 shots to 52 overall and one to two on rinks. Liz Hamblin’s Ladies took the lead on end 13 after a tussle and went on to win 20 shots to 14 – a margin which became the foundation for the Wedmore victory. Pam Beard and cast were in a close encounter, leading by a couple of shots at end 15 but then lost three shots in the last two ends – 15 to 16. Gill Harvey’s rink found it hard to stay in touch after the first few ends but a late spurt brought them close – to no avail going down 18 shots to 22.
In another close win, this time away to Congresbury in the Weston and District League, the Ladies won by 52 shots to 48 overall with rinks one all plus a tie. Pam Beard’s rink led the way by grabbing the lead on end seven and pushing that to a 20 shots to 12 victory. Marie Trow’s rink fought to stay close and succeeded in taking the lead on end 11, a five score two ends later strengthened their position but Congresbury came back, scoring eight shots over the last four ends for a 16 all tie. On Ann Hughes’ rink the competition was tight again, being just two shots behind at end 14 but fading to a 16-20 loss.
In the Wessex Ladies’ League at home to North Petherton, the Ladies gathered in nine points by winning 65-55 shots overall, one all on rinks plus a tie. Pam Beard led her rink to a splendid victory of 27 shots to 15, the basis of the match victory. Marie Trow’s rink experienced ups and downs when the result could have gone either way and finished on a 20-20 tie. Trish Newell’s group fought long and hard and did well to be in with a shout towards the end but had to settle for an 18 to 20 shots loss.
In the Wessex Ladies’ League away to Mark Moor, Pam Beard’s rink again set the pace winning 22-14 shots but on both Gill Harvey’s and Marie Trow’s rinks they could not hold back the tide and Wedmore lost 45 shots to 73 overall and one rink to two.
A Ladies’ Friendly away to St Andrews did not go well, losing on all three rinks despite the best efforts of skippers Lynda Dearden, Joan Hunt and Trish Newell.