PRESS REPORT w/e 20/1/19

The men played Ilminster in the County League with a close overall score of 75-80 shots but Ilminster had the lion’s share of the points 13-3 for winning the match and two ends.  At home, Eddie Payne’s men led for 11 ends but were caught on end 14 and couldn’t stop the opposition edging the game at 17 shots to 21.  Dave Nicholls’ side put up a good fight, winning 13 ends but conceding three five scores at various times finally became too much on end 19 so losing 19-24.  Away Colin Moss’ crew led to end 14 when Ilminster took over and there were a  few tense ends with the lead changing but from end 19 Wedmore pushed home to win 20-16.  Steve Heeley and co. started well but were overtaken on end four and they trailed until end 11 when they retook the lead.  Then there was a barren patch from end 15 to 19 which allowed Ilminster to put their nose in front and it was 16-19 going into the last end when Wedmore managed three shots to tie the game.
Scores: V Matthews, C Panchaud, R Barron, E Payne, 17-21; J White, B Back, R Thurkettle, D Nicholls, 19- 24; A Birch, J Runciman, R Newell, C Moss, 20-16; D Collins, D Brown, K Pettit, S Heeley, 19-19; overall 75-80.
In a mixed Friendly against Shepton Mallet, it was one rink each but 34-29 overall to Wedmore.  Maureen Hordle’s team led for much of the first half and when Shepton took the lead through a five score, Wedmore promptly replied with a five to restore the lead.  The game was finely balanced until Wedmore went on a run to score ten over the last six ends for a 24-12 victory.  Brian Tagg’s outfit was ahead ten to nine on end 11 but then ran dry, failing to score over the last seven ends to lose 10-17.

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