RED River took full advantage of a double week of fixtures in the Alan Mysercough (Ford) Ulverston and District Bowling League.

They were one of four Division One teams to claim a pair of victories, opening up a five-point lead at the top of the table as a result.

The River followed up an impressive 11-4 triumph at Lindal Moor with a 13-1 win back on their own turf against Kirkby.

Tony Whitehouse, David Jones and Paul Ryan all recorded single-figure successes in both games.

Salthouse also managed two victories, both on their own patch.

They followed up an 11-3 win over Walney Park with an excellent 9-5 triumph over last year’s champions Ulverston Cons A, with Adam Millar leading the way with his 21-7 and 21-8 scores.

King Alfred took on two village outfits, and after returning from Askam with a 9-6 triumph, they entertained Lindal Moor on the Island, running out 11-3 victors. Stuart Price and Ian McDonald were the stars over the two games.

West Shore have found their feet quickly in the top-flight, and having cruised to a 12-3 victory against tenants Post Office, they entertained Askam and won 8-6.

Father and son Andy and Jamie Boardman both supplied them with double wins, with Steve Hunter playing a supporting role as he did likewise.

It was a terrible week for Kirkby, who managed only one win in their other game against Ulverston Cons A – their only consolation being that they have played two of the championship contenders early on.

Co-op have started the season strongly, and could be a surprise package. After a 12-2 win on their Dane Avenue green over Roose, they visited near-neighbours Hawcoat Park and would have returned happy with their six-point haul, although they did lose the game 8-6.

Anthony Hopkins would have celebrated with a fine Chianti after his double victory, along with no fewer than three Daves – Jackson, Ryder and Irvine – who followed suit.

Glaxo have had an equally decent start to the season. Top man Chris D’Leny is leading the way, still unbeaten after four games – the longest streak of his career to date.

They did show a small chink in their armour when they lost their first game of the season, 10-4 at Walney Park.


Division One

Co-op 12 Roose 2, Ulverston Cons A 13 Kirkby 1, Salthouse 11 Walney Park 3, Glaxo 8 Hawcoat Park 6, Askam 6 King Alfred 9, Post Office 3 West Shore 12, Lindal Moor 4 Red River 11, Red River 13 Kirkby 1, King Alfred 11 Lindal Moor 3, Walney Park 10 Glaxo 4, Hawcoat Park 8 Co-op 6, Salthouse 9 Ulverston Cons A 5, West Shore 8 Askam 6, Roose 6 Post Office 9.

Division Two

Hawcoat Park A 12 Glaxo A 2, West Mount 12 Askam A 2, Walney Park A 7 Salthouse A 7, Dalton CC A 4 Dalton CC 11, Roose A 3 Co-op A 12, Police 4 Kings Head 11, Dalton CC 14 Roose A 0, Police 12 Walney Park A 2, Co-op A 8 Hawcoat Park A 6, Kings Head 9 Barrow Island 5, Glaxo A 9 Salthouse A 5, Askam A 5 Dalton CC A 10.