Monday, July 19, 2010


Simon Mackenzie's West Linton side rise to the occasion

By Martin Dempster
West Linton and Dalmahoy secured the last two quarter- final places as the group phase of the UK Accident Repair Edinburgh Summer League came to a dramatic conclusion.
In winning well at the Merchants, West Linton clinched top spot in Group 2 on 'goal' difference ahead of Kingsknowe.
Bruntsfield Links had still be in the mix for one of the two places in that section but they lost at Craigmillar Park in their final game.
West Linton, whose reward is a home tie in the last eight against Duddingston, knew what was required when they travelled into the heart of the Capital.
And Simon Mackenzie's side rose to the occasion, winning 6½-1½ to pip Kingsknowe for that cherished top spot and also leave Bruntsfield licking their wounds.
Mackenzie himself lost to Dave Montgomery in the top match, but wins from Darren Coyle, Nick Barr, Graham Turner, Fraser Thain, John McWilliams and Scott Walker did the business. Thain is West Linton's rising star and he's done well since coming into the team this season.
"In awful conditions, this match was played in great frienship and spirit, displaying everything the Summer League has been about over the 28 years I have been playing in it," said Merchants man Andrew Boddie.
Unfortunately for Bruntsfield, that defeat at Craigmillar Park proved costly. Club champion Alan Anderson did his bit with a win in the top match, but the visitors could only muster two more points after that.
Youngster Willem Kerr rounded off his first Summer League campaign for Craigmillar Park with a fine win, while other victors for the home side were Peter Arnott, Innes Christie and Andy Utterson.
Dalmahoy clinched their place in the quarter-finals with a 6½-1½ home win over Glencorse, who had already secured top spot in Group 1.
Steve Smith, Dougie Hunter, Robert Carson, Tom Blennerhasset, Iain Thomson and Chris Brown delivered Dalmahoy's points and they're away to defending champions Royal Burgess in the last eight.
"It was a good display against a strong Glencorse side," noted Iain Campbell.
"All the games were generally tight throughout the match with the exception of the second and third ones thanks to strong performances from Dougie Hunter and Robert Carson. Chris Brown also had a good game in the anchor match beating Alistair Shanks."
Musselburgh, who were already through, lost in their last match at Baberton, where Andy Laurence, Paul Ferrier, Dougie Waugh, Scott Carmichael and Tom Cannon were triumphant for the home team.
In the same section, Turnhouse signed off with a win over Mortonhall thanks to the efforts of Steven Armstrong, Paul Pentland, David Marshall, Tommy Cadger and Steven Robb.
In finishing second in their group, Kingsknowe will now face a trip to Silverknowes in the quarter-finals, the last of which sees Glencorse take on Musselburgh.
The semi-finals have been scheduled for August 8 at Liberton.



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