Fields and Newport clash, Bylet look to extend run, Bayley look to take advantage
Castlefields and Newport clash in what promises to be a blockbuster clash in week 3 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. Both teams are the top two favourites for the league, and while a result for either team won’t win them the league, it could go a long way to determining where the momentum lies for the early part of the season. Newport have started with two solid home wins, while the reigning Champions had a disappointing opener at Meole Brace but then bounced back with a great win at Hanwood. Fields skipper Alan Peach says “a great match this week to look forward to as Newport are one of the favourites to win the league. They have strengthened from last year so we will have to be at our best to beat them. I’m sure I don’t need to motivate the lads for this one. I hope we can continue the great team spirit and atmosphere from last week.” Newport captain Sam Millward says they are “just trying to get as many as we can against last year’s winners, got 5 last year but they were missing a few players. Hard to predict a score line without knowing both sides available really.”
St Georges are in second place behind Newport at the moment and travel to the Bylet, who had a great win at Chester Road in their last game. They are currently on a 10 match winning run at home, a record for them, and captain Scott Harries is looking to extend that run. “Finally we get a home game and the lads are really looking forward to it. We come off a real high from our superb away win in our last game but that counts for nothing unless we back it up with a solid performance and get the home win in. We are on a club record for home wins on the trot, so it’d be nice to extend that. If we play like we did at home last year then I have every confidence my lads will deliver the goods. Having said that we know it’ll be a tough task to negotiate as St Georges have had a solid start winning easily in both their home games so their confidence will be high but fingers crossed we can halt them in their tracks.” Wrockwardine Wood sit third after their two home wins but face a tough trip to Meole Brace who will be full of confidence after their opening win against Castlefields and 5 at Burway. Sir John Bayley are fourth and will be looking for an away win at Highley. Captain Chris Worthington is “looking forward to our Staffs Prem league game against Highley” as a record number of Staffordshire bowlers will be on show, up to 17 in total. Highley have started well with 6 at Burway and 3 at Newport, but it is their home form that will decide where they finish in the league.
Ifton are bottom after two tough away games so will be looking forward to being at home, but face Chester Road who have a good record and knowledge of their green. Captain Dickie Jones comments “hopefully we can get our first win after two tough away games. Leighton Roberts and Dave Bond are back after missing last week.” Chester Road come off a good win over Hanwood but then a disappointing defeat over Bylet, and know they need to match their good away form from last season to stay out of trouble. Hanmer are above Ifton after their tough start of their own and will want to start their home season positively after it let them down so badly last season. They take on Burway, who will be wanting to get their season started after two disappointing home wins only brought them 17 points. They did get 5 there last season and will want more of the same again. Wem USC have started where they left off last season with two great away performances, but know their home form must be improved if they are to break into the top 6. They have Hanwood at home first of all, who will be wanting to bounce back after their loss at home last week.
Week 3 Fixtures:
Castlefields v Newport
Bylet v St Georges
Meole Brace v Wrockwardine Wood
Highley v Sir John Bayley
Wem USC v Hanwood
Ifton v Chester Road
Hanmer v Burway