Kingsbridge Town travelled to Yealmpton on Sunday for their last match of the season hoping to maintain their recent run of good form but despite a gutsy performance they fell just short, losing by just 3 shots, 78-81.
This was a poignant occasion as club captain David Thorne and wife Marion were playing their last game, having decided to seek pastures new. They will be especially remembered for their sterling work during the club’s centenary year in 2017 and the club would like to thank them for all their efforts over the years and wish them well for the future. They will be a hard act to follow.
Town’s most successful rink, skipped by Keith Brayne, was always in control, converting a 9-2 interval lead to an 18-8 win, scoring 7 shots in the last 5 ends. Eric Fitch’s rink was 3-6 down after 8 ends but 10 shots in the next 5 ends swung the match in their favour as hey won by 5 shots. Keith Baston’s rink led 4-3 at 6 ends but Yealmpton then scored 8 shots in 4 ends to lead 4-11. Town then fought back with 11 shots but counts of 5 and 3 in the 2nd half shaded the match to the home side 17-19. David and Marion’s last match proved to be a disappointment as they came back from 4-14 to lead 15-14 with one to play but the home side scored a count of 7 to win the match. Tim Lewis’s rink never got to grips as 2 runs of 9 shots gave the home side a 10 shot win.
Details:- Geoff Langridge, Sandra Brayne, Keith Brayne won 18-8. Bill Rockey, Peter Hadley, Eric Fitch won 15-10. Bill Schirn, Steve Ellis, Keith Baston lost 17-19. Marion Thorne, Colin Baker, David Thorne lost 15-21. Julie Hadley, Garth Gregory, Tim Lewis lost 13-23.