Wealden Men took on Mote Park in the London & Southern Counties Trophy and, despite being well in the game at the halfway stage, eventually succumbed by 28 shots to 41.
The competition has a ‘one rink at home and one rink away’ format, with both scores at both venues counting towards the final result. The home Wealden team skipped by Mick Marshall got off to a promising start and were ahead seven shots to two in the early exchanges.
However, the visitors narrowed the gap to just three shots by the interval, and the away Four led by Steve Perris were always in contention; at this stage the match could have gone either way. A dramatic and unexpected development then saw the home Four playing seven ends without scoring and falling behind for the first time. From then on Mote Park never looked back as they gradually increased their lead to win by 23 shots to 13.
This left the away team with an awful lot to do and, despite keeping in touch throughout, they were never able to make inroads into the early lead their opponents had established.
A disappointing result for Wealden but no disgrace against a club that boasts a number of international players.