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Telford Derby, Fields face tough trip, North Shropshire Derby

All teams will be wanting a good Friday as they take part in week 4 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. There is a tasty looking derby at St Georges as they host Wrockwardine Wood in one of the biggest rivalries in the league. Both teams have had good starts to the season, and joint Dragons skipper Tony Rhodes says they have had a “good start with a good atmosphere and all seem to be enjoying it. Happy days so far.” Wrockwardine face another away game after drawing at Meole Brace last season, a result they got up on the top green last season. Captain Rob Jones comments “as with an away game our first objective is to get 5 winners on the board, and then take it from there. St Georges away is always a tough place to go, and they have a decent side so we take nothing for granted. As usual, we look forward to the challenge.” Sir John Bayley are the only unbeaten team in the league, and host Bylet, who themselves have had a steady start. Bylet won there two years ago, but will be hard pressed to do so again despite gaining an away win in their last game. Spokesman Spencer Clarke says “we are top but I don’t think we will be quite good enough to finish in the top two or three. It’s been a great start and we will take that. Who knows what might happen? But I don’t think we are quite as strong as we were last year and I think it’s going to be a two-way battle between Castlefields and Newport, with Hanwood close behind. Then I see five or six teams battling for fourth and I would think we would be one of them. We have had two decent home results and Bylet are improved this year and capable of picking up points anywhere.”

Castlefields face a tough trip to Burway, their team strength dependent on how well their players do in the Good Friday Invitation 32 at Houldsworth WMC. Burway have had a slow start, but got a good 5 at Hanmer last week. Joint captain Jesse James says “we look forward to the test that comes with playing the Fielder’s. They’ll be travelling down the A49 looking for a win. They have beaten us at home the last couple of seasons, so this puts the pressure on them I suppose, as they are going for the hat trick of league titles. All I can ask is for our lads to give their all on and off the green and we will see what happens. Any form of win would be nice.” There is a North Shropshire Derby as Chester Road host Hanmer. The visitors have enjoyed two good results there the last couple of seasons, winning there and losing by a few chalks last season. The Road lost their last home game too, so will be desperate to get back to winning ways. Skipper Paul Fowles is “expecting a hard local derby. We have had  steady start having been missing 3 of our players. Hopefully after a good result last week we can do well tonight.” Hanmer have had a good start themselves away from home, and will want to continue that. Highley have had a good away start themselves, but after their single winner at home last week, they will want to make up for that. Wem’s home troubles have continued with a loss to Hanwood last week, and will want to take advantage of an inexperienced Highley team on the green. Hanwood host Ifton hoping this nice weather will make the green run well. Ifton did win at Hanwood two seasons ago, Hanwood’s last home loss till their last game, but having had a poor start on the road already, know to repeat this will be a tall order. Hanwood bounced back from that home defeat with a win at Wem, and will want to bang in a big home win to move them up the table. Newport had a great home start and will eye another big home win against Meole Brace, who after two good results only drew with Wrockwardine last week at home.

Week 4 Fixtures:

St Georges v Wrockwardine Wood

Hanwood v Ifton

Chester Road v Hanmer

Newport v Meole Brace

Wem USC v Highley

Burway v Castlefields

Sir John Bayley v Bylet

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