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Week 6 Preview

Top Four meet, Wem look for first win, Playoff rematch

The top four all play each other in week 6 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. Leaders Sir John Bayley host Castlefields with the hosts keen not to have a repeat of last season’s score where Castlefields effectively sealed the title when winning 10-4. Captain Chris Worthington says “we’ve started the season surprisingly well, this will be a good test as to where we’re at. A strong and vociferous Castlefields side did well here last year, and we expect the same this year. We’ve warned the neighbours in advance!” Castlefields hammered Chester Road last week, but have lost 2 of their 3 away games, but that one win was at Hanwood. The other two teams in the top four, Newport and St Georges, clash up on the top green. Both have enjoyed good starts to the season, and it promises to be a close clash between two teams in form. Home joint captain Tony Rhodes admits it is a “very difficult game against one of the league’s top two. We’ll be positive and look for another overall W.” Opposition skipper Sam Millward is “looking forward to what is always a really good game, just looking to improve on our points tally last season in every game we play. Unfortunately missing a few from last week but we’ll just try to do our stuff and see what happens.”

Wem USC will be looking for that first win of the season as they host Ifton. They have lost both their home games so far, and know Ifton will know their green well. However the away side has struggled on their travels so far and find themselves at the foot of the table. There is a repeat of last year’s play off final as Highley host Hanmer. Both teams have enjoyed good starts to the season, and Highley will want to build on their last home win rather than their disastrous result in their first home game. Hanmer got a good home win last week, but will not have much knowledge of the Highley green. Burway have picked their form up after a poor start but know they will need to start banging in some big home wins to be able to break into the top half. Their visitors this week are Wrockwardine Wood, who have enjoyed wins there in the past, and will be looking to go close again after getting a draw at Meole Brace in their last away game. Chester Road had a good home win over Hanmer two weeks ago, but after their whitewash last week will be needing another good home win over Meole Brace. Meole won there last season, and will target that again after coming out on top in some close home games so far.  Hanwood have had a mixed start so far but usually save their best for the Bylet after having so many battles with them when attempting to get into the league. The Bylet are struggling on their bumpy home green so will be glad to be away from it this week, but know that they’ve only had four wins on that green in their three previous visits.

Week 6 Fixtures:

Sir John Bayley v Castlefields

St Georges v Newport

Wem USC v Ifton

Highley v Hanmer

Hanwood v Bylet

Burway v Wrockwardine Wood

Chester Road v Meole Brace

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