BOWLS: Town lose unbeaten record but stay top

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SPALDING Town A’s 100 per cent record in Group A of the EBA Spalding and District Bowls League finally went last week – but they are still out on there own at the top of the tree.

After a flawless start of four wins from four, Town went down 9-1 at home to Royal Mail Cart A in a clash that was much closer than the score suggests.

Mail Cart won on two rinks and drew the other, but their biggest victory was a 13-10 success from B Wilson, A Radford, I White and P Horsfield.

The win moves them within striking distance of the leaders in third, just eight points off the pace.

Sandwiched bewteen the two are Carter’s Park, who edged out Holbeach USC A 6-4 in a cracking derby.

Struggling Holbeach won on two rinks, but an impressive 26-14 return from R Flowers, B Mills, G Palmer and J Forrest tipped the aggregate spoils in Park’s favour.

Donington are fourth – with a game in hand – having brushed Ayscoughfee aside 8-2 on home soil.

Their top rink came from D Bristow, A Slaughter, D Slaughter and D Woods, who won 20-10.

Meanwhile, Bourne Town continue to go great guns in Group B.

They walloped Royal Mail Cart B 10-0 to go eight points clear at the summit.

All three rinks were well won by the leaders, with a 21-10 triumph from J Pearson, P Tory, B Smith and G Mitchell the highlight.

Deepings are six points back in second following a 8-2 home return from their clash with Long Sutton.

A thumping victory from the quartet of R Lynch, C Baillie, B Wheatley and C Collicott (27-11) helped them rack up 64 shots in the process.

Third-placed Gosberton were also in top form. Awesome foursome D Wilkinson, S Cousins, M Greet and R Hutton scored 30 shots as Spalding Town B were battered 10-0.

Elsewhere, Goodfellowship’s fine form in Triples Group A shows no sign of relenting.

The table-toppers made it four wins from five by shading a tight tussle with Billingborough 6-4.

Although they lost on two rinks, a 26-12 triumph from P Rate, D Allen and M Rate earned the Fosdyke team the lion’s share of the spoils. They are now eight points clear.