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Bridgnorth & Shrewsbury Derbies, Wem face tough home test

The first ever Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League Bridgnorth/South Shropshire derby takes place in week 8 as Highley host Bylet. Both teams feature ex players on both sides as well as numerous Staffordshire players. Highley joint captain Ben Dixon says “unfortunately we have 8 out so will just see what happens” but does have a big squad he can choose from. Opposition skipper Scott Harries comments “me and the lads are really looking forward to this one, a bit of a local derby with a bit of a rivalry between one another to go with it due to the Staffordshire connections. Like any away game in this league as they are all so tough now I’ll always look to get 4-5 points then push on from there. As we have a lot of green knowledge on Highley I’d love it if we could sneak another away win in to match our great performance at Chester Road a bit earlier in the season. I’m sure there will be plenty of banter for this one, I’m just hoping we perform to our best then who knows.” Another derby takes place in Shrewsbury as Hanwood host Meole Brace. Meole got a good 5 there last year in the last game of the season and are in good form at the moment. Captain Andy Wigginton says “the team are looking forward to our trip to our friends at Hanwood.” Hanwood have been playing well too and have joint captain Mark Shore back from holiday. He knows it is a “tough game against a side with lots of knowledge of our green and six of their side played on Monday at Hanwood in the Wem league when they upset the odds to beat Hanwood. So we won’t be taking them lightly as they have enough quality to cause us a few headaches tomorrow.”

Leaders Castlefields travel to Wem USC looking to avenge their defeat last year, although that was their last loss of last season. They have been hit and miss away so far, winning at Hanwood and Sir John Bayley but losing at Meole and Burway. Wem haven’t enjoyed a great start to the season, only winning 1 of 3 at home, and that was by a single chalk. Captain Scott Thomas says “we know we’ll be up against it tomorrow but we look forward to the challenge. We’ll battle hard and do our best to get the win against the top side.” 2nd place Newport travel to Chester Road knowing they need to win there like last season to keep up with the leaders. Chester Road have struggled at home so far, only winning 1 of 3 there, and know they can’t keep that up if they want to be away from trouble. Sir John Bayley have had a couple of disappointing results after a good start and will be wanting to kick start again at home to Wrockwardine Wood. The Wrockites will welcome back three players off holiday and will try to get their season started to after an average start. Burway have another tough away game at St Georges but will have been happy with their 3 at Newport last week. St. Georges have had a good start to the season and will be looking to keep that up to maintain their top four position. Ifton are still bottom after not playing last week and will be eager to get as many points at Hanmer to keep the pack above them in sight. Hanmer are making a better job of the league this time round with a battling performance last week against Hanwood. They know a home win is a must if they are to avoid that bottom spot again.

Week 8 Fixtures:

Highley v Bylet

Hanwood v Meole Brace

Wem USC v Castlefields

Hanmer v Ifton

St Georges v Burway

Chester Road v Newport

Sir John Bayley v Wrockwardine Wood

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