Dunbarton surge to top of Division One

Dunbarton players watch on as the opposition ponder their next move.
Dunbarton players watch on as the opposition ponder their next move.

Dunbarton have thrown down the gauntlet to their title challengers as they surged to the top of Division One with two comprehensive home victories in the space of six days.

In the conclusion of their abandoned game versus Pickie from Tuesday 17th May, the Gilford side had already opened up a 41 shot lead before the rain led to a flooded green.

With the game completed on Thursday 26th May, they went to the top of the table with a seven point haul and a 59 shot difference.

Martin Trainor and his rink of Sean & Kieran Trainor and Michael Merritt defeated Pickie skip Norman Irwin 29-9. Michael Higgins, Tony Bell, Myles Greenfield and Andy Hughes on rink two were 15 shot winners over Mark Caughey (31-16)

Conor McCartan’s four of Chris Trainor, Chris Mulholland and Alan Paul returned an impressive score card with a 30-9 shot win over Donald Mills, while James Kelly, Jack Moffett, Peter Convery and DJ Wilson overcame a late Pickie fightback by skip Neil Belch to win 20-17.

On Tuesday 31st May, NICS were the visitors to the Gilford venue, but they found Dunbarton in even more imperious form, with the local side claiming another seven points and an 86 shot winning margin.

On rink one, Sean & Kieran Trainor, Alan Paul and Martin Trainor beat Stanley Hegan 32-10. James Kelly, Tony Bell, Myles Greenfield and Andy Hughes on rink two had an even more impressive 38-8 shot win over former Irish International skip Alan Montgomery.

DJ Wilson’s rink on number three, of David Copeland, Jack Moffett and Peter Convery found things a little harder to get their point for three quarters of their game, but ran out 25-10 winners against Ian Leonard.

On rink four Chris Mulholland, Michael Merritt, Gary McElroy and Conor McCartan won 30-11 against skip Brian Leonard.

This was Dunbarton’s third successive seven point haul in the league and saw them open up a 6.5 point lead over Ballymena and seven points ahead of Belmont with six games played.