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Dragons face on fire Fields, Chester Road look to bounce back, Meole look to stay top

St Georges look to bounce back from their shock loss last week but face an on fire Castlefields in Gameweek 8 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. The two most successful sides in the league clash on Queen Street with both teams in differing form. St Georges suffered a shock 8-6 home loss to Bylet last week and captain Tony Rhodes knows it is a “tough game against a team on a positive roll. Hope to bounce back from last week but a tough place to do it.” St Georges did get 6 there last year but this is a very different Fields side to last year’s one. Spokesman Keith Walton says “St Georges at home will be most probably our hardest home game of the season. Our home form has improved from last season, and coupled with last wee’s away win the boys should be confident against a tough opponent. Let’s wait and see!” Castlefields won 10-4 at Newport last week and will look to continue their good start to the season and put pressure on the leaders Meole Brace. Meole play Newport at home who themselves will look to bounce back from that home defeat, and are more than capable of getting a good result, like they did at Bylet the last away game when they won 10-4. Meole have done well at home so far and will want to stay top for as long as possible to put pressure on the teams below. Bowring are in 3rd after their whitewash last week but now start a run of two away games starting with a visit to Ifton, who have not started very well at all with two home defeats. Ifton will want to start to hit form at home and get back to the standards set last year when they didn’t lose at home at all. Bowring have scored 5 at Wem USC and Chester Road and will look for something similar from another long trip.

Chester Road played better than their scoreline at Hanwood suggested and will hope to reap more rewards when they face the champions Sir John Bayley at home. But skipper Paul Fowles “expects a tough game against last year’s champions. We are not going to let last week’s game knock us it is a green we cannot get to grips with. We start a run of 3 home games out of 4 so we are hoping to move up the table.” Chester Road won 13-1 in their last home game and need some of that form to start to move up the table. The Bayley have had a solid start but captain Tom Roden thinks “we’ve struggled for form so far this year and know we need some big results to keep up with Castlefields and Meole Brace. We need to get our winning mentality back, especially with Castlefields at home round the corner. It is another tough fixture for us but generally we play Chester Road ok.” The game ended 9-5 to the home side last season, but the Bayley were 5-3 up. Hanwood will want to build on that fine home win and travel to Wem USC, a team who have started themselves very well at home. Wem won 11-3 last season and Hanwood have been averaging around 3 in their away games so that could point to the same scoreline again. But Hanwood want to back up their home form with some decent away hauls.

Bylet scored one of the shock results in the history of the league last week and will be wanting not to let that go to waste as they host Wrockwardine Wood. Bylet will want to put right their last home game, a 10-4 loss to Newport while Wrockwardine will want to improve on getting one in their last two away games. Hanmer find themselves bottom with their poor away form and know that home form is gonna be important if they are to stay off that spot. They face a Burway side who wouldn’t have seen the green before so will hope that this helps them. Burway will like to improve their away form after picking up just 8 off 3 games so far.

Gameweek 8 Fixtures:

Castlefields v St Georges

Chester Road v Sir John Bayley

Meole Brace v Newport

Hanmer v Burway

Wem USC v Hanwood

Ifton v Bowring

Bylet v Wrockardine Wood

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