Latest Winter League Update
With 3 games to go in the Winter League we knew that our Division 1 survival was in in our own hands. Two from three teams were going down, with all our remaining matches against the other relegation candidates in North Berwick and Musselburgh. First up was a tricky trip to Musselburgh, where in a hard fought match we were defeated 3.5-1.5. This left us with a winner takes all double header against North Berwick to see who joined Musselburgh, as other results had ensured their relegation. We had home advantage in the first match against North Berwick and played well to win 3-2. This meant we knew that a win or draw on the final day down at the West Links, would be enough to keep us safe. However it’s always a tricky place to go, with the back nine certainly favouring local knowledge. In blustery conditions the young guns of Aaron Hall & Connor Currie got us off to the best possible start with a convincing 6&5 victory in the first match, with the other four ties all pretty tight as they entered the back nine. A defeat on the 16th for our second pairing meant the tie and our survival was back in the balance. However we hit back with a win in the 3rd match, closing it out again on the 16th hole. Unfortunately a defeat in the 4th game saw the match even up again, meaning the match, and our survival hinged, on the very last game of the very last match. Thankfully Grant Robertson & Ben Stirling were well up to the task and when Grant rolled in a 12 footer for a great 3 on the 16th, the victory was ours and our position in the top league was secured with a 3-2 victory. This meant that North Berwick joined Musselburgh in dropping down to the Second Division for season 2020-21 with Haddington and Longniddry replacing them at the top table.
So all in all, a successful league campaign in a tough division as its well in excess of 10 years since Kilspindie last managed to contest two consecutive seasons in the top flight.
As always, we’d like to thanks the following players who gave up their time to represent the Club this season through rain, hail, wind, even more wind and the occasional bout of sunshine. Their efforts really are appreciated:
Next up for the team are The Winter League Stroke Play Tournament at Musselburgh Old, The Dispatch Trophy over The Braids, The Lothians Team Tournament at Craigmillar Park and The County Cup at Gullane before the Winter League rolls around again in October.