BOWLS: Long Sutton on the up after derby

Double defeat: Trevor Burton was in losing sets for Sutton Bridge A against Long Sutton A and Gosberton A last week.
Double defeat: Trevor Burton was in losing sets for Sutton Bridge A against Long Sutton A and Gosberton A last week.

LONG Sutton A had to wait almost three months to play a postponed derby – but then used it to get off the bottom of Division Two in Spalding and District EBF Bowls League.

A 6-0 rout of neighbours Sutton Bridge A lifted them two rungs off the foot.

The match should have been played on the league’s opening night on April 24 but, like many fixtures this season, rain put paid to it.

Sutton won by 29 shots, with D Saunders’ and C Judd’s sets being the biggest contributors.

However, two days later the two sides had very different fortunes.

Bridge bounced back to take four points at home against high-flying Gosberton A, while Sutton came back down to earth with a bump – beaten heavily at Goodfellowship. Joe Moore’s set ran in 37 shots for the Fosdyke side, who took 5.5 points (103-59).

Meanwhile, it was perhaps a significant week in the top flight. Leaders Royal Mail Cart A romped to six points with a 50-shot win while second-placed Donington lost 5-1 at Carter’s Park A.

Oscar Timm’s set grabbed the solitary point for Donington, who are now 8.5 points off the pace.

That result for Carter’s Park really boosts their hopes of a high finish.

In Division Three, Whaplode Drove B’s extension of their 100 per cent record to nine matches took them to the top of the table.

And in the bottom flight Long Sutton B returned from Spalding Town D with four points to maintain their title hopes.