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Week 7 Preview

Fields meet Dragons, Chester Road & Bayley aim to bounce back

It’s one of the oldest rivalries in the league as 10 time winners Castlefields meet five time winners St Georges in week 7 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. Both teams have enjoyed good starts to the season which have seen them in the top 3 of the league. The Fields won at the Bayley last week after whitewashing Chester Road the week before, and will be eager to continue that form. Vice-captain Graham Rogers says “we’ve always had a good game with st Georges over the years so we will be looking forward to tomorrow’s game. Any sort of a win would be good with the green holding after all the rain we’ve had. Our home form has been good so far this season but we won’t take anything for granted. I’ve read their captain’s kind words in the press for us and thank him for that but I’m sure he’s just playing down their chances. We will have to be at our best against them tomorrow but I’ve got lots of confidence in our squad. We showed that last week at the Bayley when our true character and team spirit to turn it round.” The words that Graham refers to are from Tony Rhodes who said “they are an outstanding side and we know from 1 to 12 we have got a game on our hands. They are in great form at the moment and we have to respect that, we are not going with any unrealistic expectations. But I would hope that we could pick up more than one or two because I think we are better than that.”

Chester Road aim to bounce back from their home defeat last week against Meole Brace. Captain Paul Fowles comments “we need to bounce back from a very poor performance last week. No disrespect to Meole but we were poor so looking for an improvement this week.” They travel to Wrockwardine Wood, where they tend to have a good record at. The home side haven’t clicked at home yet with no big wins, so will be hoping this week is when they do despite all the rain. Meole Brace will want to keep that form going from last week with a home win against Sir John Bayley. They beat them 11-3 last season, but know the Bayley will be wanting to bounce back from their first defeat last week against the Fields. Highley will travel to Ifton full of confidence after beating Hanmer 11-3 last week, while Ifton are bottom and still waiting for their first big win of the season. Hanmer will want to bounce back from those 3 winners and get a good home win over Hanwood, like they did in their last game at home to Wem USC. Hanwood though are building their season up nicely after their initial home loss against Castlefields and will be looking for at least the same result they got in their last away game at Highley, 5 winners. Wem USC will be mightily relieved after their first win of the season last week against Ifton, and will want to build on it as they travel to the Bylet. The Bylet are now 12 unbeaten at home but know that with their green not in good condition that they need to ensure that doesn’t help end that run. Newport will be disappointed with 4 winners last week at St Georges and will want to make that up when they host Burway, who don’t have that good a record there. Burway haven’t really got going this season, but know a good result there will mean they can kick on.

Week 7 Fixtures:

Newport v Burway

Castlefields v St Georges

Ifton v Highley

Hanmer v Hanwood

Meole Brace v Sir John Bayley

Wrockwardine Wood v Chester Road

Bylet v Wem USC

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