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Gameweek 6 Preview

Bayley and Chester Road aim to bounce back, Ifton aim to capitalise

Sir John Bayley and Chester Road are two teams looking to bounce back in Gameweek 6 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. The Bayley suffered a whitewash last week, their first in 17 years, and won’t have it any easier at home to a resurgent St Georges. Bayley captain Tom Roden is “hoping for a winner after last week,” after their lesson at Burway. St Georges though beat Chester Road in their latest away game, and followed it up with a 13-1 win over Wrockwardine Wood to go ahead of their hosts. But Dragons skipper Tony Rhodes knows it is a “very tough game, particularly off the back of the Burway result. Lewis Scott returns which is good us so we’ll look to take whatever we can!” The game ended 9-5 to the Champions last season and that result would suit the former Champions better. Chester Road will look to bounce back themselves after that home defeat, and captain Paul Fowles is looking “to get our season back on track. We were happy with last week’s result at Newport (when they got 4).” They face a Wrockwardine Wood side who will be smarting themselves from only getting one from their short trip to St Georges last week, and don’t have to good a record at the Road. Hanmer are another who need to respond after losing 4 on the bounce since their opening day win over the Bylet. They have lost to Meole Brace and Castlefields since then at home but have another home game against Ifton to put it right. Ifton captain Dickie Jones is “sure they will want to end their bad run. They are our derby game with players on both teams knowing each other well. A few of our players have played for them in the past and we hope that knowledge can help us get a good result.” Ifton got a good 5 in their last away game and will hope to build on that.

Two teams who enjoyed great results last week meet in Shrewsbury. Meole Brace won at Hanmer last week and find themselves 5 points clear at the top, while Burway had their first ever whitewash. Burway won at Meole Brace 9-5 in the last game of last season, their only home loss, but know this is a different Meole they face. Down the road the other two Shrewsbury sides meet at Castlefields, where Hanwood make the short trip. Hanwood had 5 of their players on the green last night in the Wem Cup so will hope this will help them gain a good away haul. Castlefields have enjoyed a good home start with an 11-3 and a 10-4 and will look to keep in touch with Meole who are 6 ahead of them at the moment. Wem USC are joint second at the moment and will look to stay there with a good home win over the Bowring. They won all the close games in the same fixture last season in a 12-2 win, and would love another. But Bowring have got a good 5 at Chester Road and 4 at Meole Brace and will want something similar to take back to Telford. Bylet have impressed at home so far with a 12-2 win over Burway included and will want to continue this when they face former champions Newport. Mick Jones, Newport skipper, “knows we are not the team we once were, but we have a good side out. Respect to them for bringing players in but we will be wanting 4 winners minimum there.”

Gameweek 6 Fixtures:

Sir John Bayley v St Georges

Chester Road v Wrockwardine Wood

Hanmer v Ifton

Meole Brace v Burway

Wem USC v Bowring

Castlefields v Hanwood

Bylet v Newport

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