Top two at home, Newport face Dragons Test, Bylet and Road need home comfort
The top two of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League are at home in Gamewek 17. League leaders Castlefields face Hanmer for the first ever time at home and will look to exploit that. Castlefields have averaged 10-4 at home over their last three and will want more than that. Hanmer have started to adjust to life in the league and will hope their team to the Fields will be as successful as their last trip there, 4 winners at Hanwood. Second placed Sir John Bayley will look to keep up and build on their 8-6 win at Newport last week with a home game against Ifton. But the St Martins side did the Bayley a favour last week when they beat Castlefields at home 8-6 and themselves will want to keep that form up to move off bottom spot.
Newport will look to bounce back from that home defeat but face a tough trip to St Georges, who won away at Wem USC. Stand in skipper Glyn Picknell says it “should be a good game they have been in great form before losing at home to SJB last week, so they’ll be out to put that right! At times we’ve looked like a top side this year but we have thrown in a few awful performance so hopefully we turn up.” Newport have done very well away lately with 6 at Hanwood and winning at Hanmer and Wem USC and do have a good record on the top green, but skipper Mick Jones knows “we have a difficult trip and will be happy with 4 winners.” Meole Brace are behind Newport in 4th and will look to get back to the form of the start of the season as they entertain Wem USC. Wem though are in need of points after another home defeat last week, but their away form has been poor recently after only 7 points from their last 4 away games. Wem did get 6 their last season though. Hanwood are behind Meole Brace in 5th but will do well to stay up there as they travel to Wrockwardine Wood. The Wrockites have done well at home apart from one home defeat, while Hanwood have also been excellent at home to. Wrockwardine skipper Rob Jones says “two teams who enjoy and play well on a quick green, so it should be a good game. We are looking to maintain our run of decent form at home and climb the table.” Joint Hanwood captain Mark Shore comments “We face a tough trip to Wrockwardine wood hoping we can replicate our fine result from last season when we had 7 winners. We know the Wrockites can put the best teams to the sword on their green so we won’t be taking anything for granted. Tomorrow we are giving Jon Mansell his first game of the season following some fine performances against some recognised players.”
At the bottom and Bylet and Chester Road will look for home wins to move them away from trouble. Bylet entertain the Bowring who have hit form again after a rocky patch. Bowring tend to do well at the Bylet to but if they want to make that extra push they need to start winning away games. Bylet will look for a good home win like they did their last home one when they beat Meole Brace 10-4. Chester Road also enjoyed a great home win against Ifton last time out and will look for a repeat against Burway. Burway though are looking to push for the top half, but apart from their away win at Bowring have only averaged 3 away so know this has to improve to push on.
Gameweek 17 Fixtures:
Castlefields v Hanmer
Sir John Bayley v Ifton
Bylet v Bowring
Chester Road v Burway
Meole Brace v Wem USC
St Georges v Newport
Wrockwardine Wood v Hanwood