With many of the promotion and relegation issues sorted in the John Sharples (Letting Agents) sponsored Furness and District Bowling league, the real tussle looks to be for the final promotion place Division 3 where it is now between two teams, North Scale and West Mount A.

These two meet in the final game of the season in what will be a real thriller with just one point separating them.

The Scale may feel like they are favourites playing on their tricky home green, but it would be dangerous to write off the Mounties who have been impressive all season.

West Mount A had a brilliant 13-1 win over Barrow Island A this week with eight of the team scoring single figure wins.

Merit leader Steve Holmes, Ian Littlewood and Simon Hudson being the best, all winning 21- 4.

North Scale made sure they kept their slender lead over visiting Co-op B and gaining a 12-3 victory.

Les Johnson and Glyn Stevens were both in good form along with Bob Kennywell. The Co-op winners were Bernard Cooper, Gerry McDonald and in a rare appearance in the third division Kieren Clark.

Champions Lindal A have stuttered a little towards the end of the season but history will show that the reformed team have won the division at the first time of asking.

This week saw them visit Salthouse B and fall to a 9-5 defeat.

West Mount’s first team are in the unenviable position of playing second string to their second string but they haven’t had a bad season themselves, this week scoring a great 12-3 result away at Hawcoat Park C, Steve Hocknell and Mike Grainger were unstoppable winning 21-3 and 21-4 respectively.

Red River A dropped away from the promotion race suffering an 11-4 defeat at home to West Shore A.

The result isn’t as black and white as that though as the Reddies have found it hard to field a team of late and this week had to give away three games. Mike Burns was the best winner for the Shore with a 21-8 score line.

It is human nature to be upset in defeat but to only lose the aggregate by 37 points can be seen as a positive for a team that looked like it may not even make the start of the season.

Roose B are another team to struggle to field a team this year and once again gave a game away this week against Walney Park B.

This helped Walney take the aggregate and the game 10-5.

Top man Leo Clarke continued his run of form winning 21-11 for the Park whilst Barry Lamb’s 21-2 victory for Roose was an impressive result.