Wedmore were drawn against Street Victoria on a home and away basis in the second round of the Denny Cup and crashed out 49 shots to 99 overall without winning any rinks. At home, Colin Moss’ gents were playing catch up and commendably took the lead on end 14 but Victoria scored 10 in winning the last five ends to win 12-21. Victoria hit five on the first end against Ron Barron’s men who could not make good the deficit and lost 13-29. Away Dave Nicholls’ team came closest to scoring some points, leading from ends two to 13 and levelling on 18. Unfortunately for Wedmore, Victoria out-scored them six shots to one over the last three ends to win 15-20. Eddy Payne’s side couldn’t get any traction, winning only six ends, going down 9-29.
Scores: A Birch, R Bull, R Newell, C Moss 12-21; J Runciman, D Stansfield, K Pettit, R Barron, 13-29; R Hall, B Back, R Thurkettle, D Nicholls, 15-20; J White, D Brown, J Fear, E Payne, 9-29; overall 49-99.
In three Mixed Friendlies, Wedmore won two. In a close tussle with Congresbury,
it ended with the visitors edging out both ends to win 33-36. Brian Aston’s group led most of the way, leading by seven shots on end 11 but succumbed to a Congresbury rally, needing two to win on the last end but only scored one so losing 17-18. Peter Smith’s rink trailed at first, caught up on end 10, then ahead briefly but slipped and despite a strong finish lost 16-18.
Against neighbours Draycott, it was one rink each but 43-25 for Wedmore overall. Brian Aston’s players had a good time, leading from end two, winning 12 of 18 ends, including a five score, to win easily 29-8. Mike Batchelor and co. were behind for 12 ends, drew level on 13, scored five to lead on end 15 but failed to score thereafter so lost 14-17.
The match with Wells was played in the true friendly spirit, especially keeping in mind that Wells don’t have an indoor rink and some of their squad were playing indoors for the first time. It was one all on rinks, with Wells skipper dave Gait undoing all Brian Aston’s good work for Wedmore by coming from behind right at the end, scoring three to win by three. Trish Newell ran up a cricket score on her rink which gave Wedmore a big lead on the overall score.