South & North Shropshire & Shrewsbury Derbies
It is a night of derbies in week 21 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League, but it may be that the rain is the real winner. A very poor forecast means all games are under threat, but if games go ahead they promise to be intriguing clashes. Bylet host Highley with both teams having many links on both sides. Highley won the reverse game back in May, but know it will be different on Bylet’s green. Highley captain Ben Dixon says “this could potentially be a massive game for both sides. We on one hand with a decent result can secure safety and look up instead of down which was all we wanted to achieve anyway in our first season, and a bad result for Bylet could see them pulled into a relegation battle as the teams around them are gaining points and momentum. I think it will be a very close game but we intend to go there and compete. The weather could play a massive part aswell, we’re pretty much full strength and will fight from 1-12 for a good result against our closest rivals.” Ifton and Hanmer meet with both teams at the wrong end of the table and requiring the points. Hanmer captain Dave Ellison says “weather permitting we face our local rivals Ifton. We have performed well away this season and a good result will help us to stay clear of trouble at the bottom end of the table. Ifton will be looking for a good result themselves to steer clear of the bottom spot and I expect a good game with our local rivals.” Hanwood go to Meole Brace in another derby, a game they won 12-4 last season. Joint captain Mark Shore says “we go into tomorrow’s game with some good form and will look to repeat last year’s result at Meole. That said the green was quick last year and given the rain expected tomorrow we won’t enjoy similar conditions. Meole will still be feeling the disappointment from Saturday and you always need to be wary of a wounded animal as they can bite back. As always we will enjoy the game and be off into town after to celebrate one of the skipper’s birthday.” Meole will be indeed wanting to bounce back and end their season on a high.
League leaders Sir John Bayley travel to Wrockwardine Wood, where they have won the last two seasons by the narrowest of margins. Wrockwardine though are playing well themselves. Castlefields will have to make up a fair few points as they host Wem USC, with the away team blowing hot and cold this season so far. St Georges travel to Burway hoping to repeat Newport’s win there last week, but the Ludlow side will be eager to make up for that. Newport will also hope to continue their good run with a good home win over bottom placed Chester Road, who need all the points they can get at the moment.
Week 21 Fixtures:
Bylet v Highley
Ifton v Hanmer
Meole Brace v Hanwood
Castlefields v Wem USC
Wrockwardine Wood v Sir John Bayley
Burway v St Georges
Newport v Chester Road