Heating too hot for Harrison

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HOSTS Harrison found 
Munro Heating & Plumbing too hot to handle second time around in the opening weekend of the 114th Dispatch 
Trophy at The Braids.

Harrison B, last year’s beaten finalists, and Harrison Seniors are both through to the last 16, but the “A Team”, made up mainly of Hibs fans, suffered an early dose of disappointment before heading for Hampden.

They had shown no signs of any leaks against Munro Heating & Plumbing A in Saturday’s first round, but a trophy triumph became a pipe dream against the same team’s B line-up.

Represented by Dunbar duo Alec McLean and Paul Middleton and Liberton pair Simon Smith and Clark Munro, they pulled off a shock to set up a tie tomorrow night against Kilgour Wealth Management.

McLean and Middleton won four holes on the back nine to finish one down against Justin White and Donny Munro, while the back Munro Heating couple covered the same stretch in one-under.

“This is a good win for us,” said team founder Munro.

Harrison B set up a repeat of last year’s final against Caermount after beating Silverknowes Generations in a match that saw both teams “throw both good and bad at each other”.

Caermount progressed more comfortably against the Royal Bank, with Luke Fisher admitting he was relieved to get off to a winning start as Mark Dickson’s replacement for the holders.

“I knew I had big shoes to fill but we did pretty good,” said the Longniddry four-handicapper of joining forces with Dickson’s dad Ian.

At the back, Martin 
Hopley and Gary Henshaw found themselves three down after four but quickly turned things around.

Ronnie Ackroyd started the day by cooking breakfast in the Harrison clubhouse, but he swapped his frying pan for a driver to good effect.

Overcoming the absence of stalwart John Notman after he had failed a late ‘fitness test’, they came out on top in an all over-50s clash against 
Temple.

Next up for the Harrison old boys are Network Cooling 
after Stevie Doyle’s team, which includes Mike Currie, a winner with Rhodes ten years ago, overcame Edinburgh Thistle Old Pretenders.

Silverknowes, dethroned last year after back-to-back triumphs, were made to work for a win over Portobello that set up a “derby” clash with Cramond.

But an all-Carrickvale clash was deprived after the B boys lost to RJM Kitchens, a side comprising of four Prestonfield members – Scott Johnston, Kenny Bisset, Aaron McHardy and Ricky Myles.

Carrickvale, hat-trick winners from 2007-09, followed up a hard-earned Saturday success over Temple with another notable victory over RICS.

“We paid the price for a poor start, finding ourselves four down after five,” reported RICS player Brian Tait.

Edinburgh Thistle’s Barry Anderson certainly got off to a bad start when he turned up without his golf shoes, but, thanks to a family effort, he had to play just one hole without them and helped Thistle beat Ye Monks of Ye Braids.

They now meet Kingston, for whom Scott Clarkson chipped in for a match-winning birdie at the last against Hailes C.

Two other Braids clubs – United and Edinburgh Western – are also still standing, the latter having progressed with a win over their B team.

Braids United, meanwhile, recovered from four down overall to beat a Riccarton side that had squeezed through at the fourth extra hole in the first round.

The biggest second-round win was recorded by a Stewart’s Melville side that is a blend of youth experience this year.

Stuart McLaren and fellow 18-year-old Scott Simpson are playing up top with Ally Ritchie and David Donaldson the tail-gunners.

“We decided to bring in a couple of youngsters this year, while Alan Anderson is also getting a well-deserved rest after his recent Lothians Championship win,” said Ritchie.

They will now face Bank of Scotland, who overcame Ken McKinley having to drop out after the first round with Andy Stevenson coming in to the team, to progress to round three.