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Top four face tough trips, 5th placed Bowring aim to capitalise, Wrockwardine look for home comforts

The top four of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League all face tough away trips in Gameweek 7. Leaders Meole Brace travel to Ifton short of a few players, but having beaten Burway on Wednesday in the KGJ Insurance missing some players, they will still be hoping to pick up a few winners. Ifton haven’t been in any sort of form yet, including a home defeat to the Bayley, and captain Dickie Jones admits this. “Our form is not what we would like it to be. Meole are playing well at the moment so I would take any win.” Castlefields travel to Newport, a green they have struggled on before getting 5 there last season. Spokesman Keith Walton comments “this is the start of three tough games for the Fields; Newport away, St Georges at home and Sir John Bayley away. Going to Newport you get a great running green with homesters that play it very well. We will set ourselves a target and hope to reach it. But looking forward to the challenge as we always do.” Castlefields will hope that the forecasted rain will slow the green down ahead of the game. Newport are on a high after their great 10-4 win at Bylet last week, and will want to build on that at home. Captain Mick Jones would be “disappointed if I didn’t win the game. We’re not as strong as we were. We have a good squad but you know how it is with bowls, it’s about getting 12 players out with availability issues.” Wem USC in third make the long trip to Burway who whitewashed the Champions in their last home game. Wem have been playing well away as well as at home after getting 5 at Ifton last away game, but Burway will feel invincible at home after taking the Bayley apart in similar weather conditions. Sir John Bayley in fourth face a short trip to Wrockwardine Wood, a place where they won last season 8-6. Skipper Tom Roden admits “Like every away game now in the SPBL it’s going to be really hard to win. So we just go with a plan to get as many points as we can.” Wrockwardine have had a terrible couple of weeks, getting 1 winner at St Georges and Chester Road, and will look for home comforts to move away from the bottom of the table. Skipper Rob Jones says “tomorrow will be a tough game as we host the current champs, and they historically play our green very well. We have had a tough start to the campaign, and after 6 games have only had 2 at home, so we are keen to get our season going, and a home game against the best side in the league is a good place to start.”

Bowring are in 5th place and the highest placed team to be home, so will look to gain on the top four as they host Hanmer. Hanmer though will be buoyed by their good home win last week against Ifton, and will have some experience of the green from a pre-playoff there in 2013. Bowring captain Jamie King thinks “we have had a good start. We have had some tough games but we have had some good points return from the games. We have done well away from home and been unlucky not to win those games. We got 5 winners at Chester Road and Wem which were two good results, we just need to turn that into wins if we can. We’ve always been strong at home. Playing Hanmer will be a chance to get a good home wins as I don’t think many of their players will have played our green, so that’s an advantage. We’ll be looking to get as many points as we can and improve our position further.” Hanwood will be loving the current weather and joint skipper Mark Shore will “hope the rain stays away from the village. The green is very quick and will be a serious challenge for all players if it stays dry. We would love to replicate last years 13-1 victory against the Roaders but we are realistic that this is a quality side who will come looking to improve on last year.” Chester Road kickstarted their season last week with a 13-1 home win and will look to build on that, but it could be difficult if it stays dry. St Georges also have kickstarted their season and will look to build on their last home game, a 13-1 win, against Bylet. Bylet had enjoyed a good start but lost at home last week and will be desperate to bounce back quick to avoid slipping down the table.

Gameweek 7 Fixtures:

St Georges v Bylet

Hanwood v Chester Road

Burway v Wem USC

Bowring v Hanmer

Newport v Castlefields

Ifton v Meole Brace

Wrockwardine Wood v Sir John Bayley

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