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Gina Aitken and Scott Andrews have claimed a fourth successive commanding victory at the World Mixed Doubles Championships in Norway with an 11-2 defeat of Slovakia, but the Scottish representatives know the hard work is just about to begin.

All three of their remaining matches will be against teams that also boast perfect records moving into the second half of the round-robin competition with their eight-team pool split evenly between teams that have won all four matches and those who have lost all four.

With only the top two guaranteed qualification for the knockout stage, while the three best third-placed teams from among the six pools will also qualify, something will have to give when they face Germany tomorrow, then Estonia and Norway on each of the next two days.

However, they have performed steadily throughout the competition so far and can take confidence from that into what will be the decisive sequence of matches.

“When you’re getting ‘W’s in the win column you’re always confident as a team going forward and we’re just trying to keep building on that,” said their coach Nancy Smith.

“We’ve obviously got another three tough games, so we’ve been learning a lot about the ice and learning how to make shots and we’re just looking to keep that rolling forward tomorrow.”

Starting without the hammer for the first time they stole a single at the opening end, then a three at the second, which meant that even though they conceded a shot at the third and were forced to take just one the first time they had final stone at the fourth end, they reached the halfway break in complete control 5-1 up.

After another steal of two at the fifth end, they restricted their opponents Silvia Sykorova and Marek Sykora, to just one shot when they took their powerplay at the sixth, then drove home their advantage with their own powerplay, scoring four at the seventh to move beyond reach.

Scotland - Team Aitken/Andrews:
Gina Aitken, 25yrs, born Paisley, resides Edinburgh
Scott Andrews 29yrs, born Irvine, resides Kilmarnock

Team Scotland Results
Day One
Scotland v Belgium 14-1
Day Two
Scotland v Mexico 15-4
Scotland v Lithuania 9-3
Day Three
Scotland v Slovakia 11-2
Day Four
Scotland v Germany

Team Scotland’s final round robin game v hosts Norway on Thursday 25 April will be broadcast on World Curling TV 

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