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Barlows Fire & Security Alan Mayhew Trophy 2nd Round Preview

Castlefields try to make most of second chance, Hanwood aim to turn tables, Hanmer aim to continue surprising

Castlefields will look to make the most of their second chance as they take on the Bowring in the 2nd round of the Barlows Fire & Security Alan Mayhew Trophy. They were beneficiaries of Newport playing two unregistered players but they know that they can make the most of it and aim for another trophy. They played Bowring in this competition on their way to the final last season, and beat them comfortably at home, so know that they can get past them again. Bowring though are flying in the league and up to 5th so it promises to be a good game in a repeat of last year’s KGJ Insurance County Cup Final almost a year to the day. Hanwood aim to get one back on Bylet after they dumped them out of the County Cup this season. Joint captain Mark Shore comments “we will look to reverse our last two games against the Islanders who beat us in the league and county cup. I think it will be close but will look to use our home green to just edge the tie.” Bylet earned a great win last round against St Georges and will look to build on that and go far in this competition for the first time.

Hanmer surprised Sir John Bayley last round and did the same to their opponents Meole Brace on their own green in the league just 12 days. They will fancy their chances with their home green despite the weather but Meole did win there this season. The holders will want to try and defend their title and keep the trophy. Hanmer captain Dave Ellison says “we go into a game where we are the underdogs again but know if we perform like we did against the Bayley a fortnight ago we have a real chance. The result of the home tie on Wednesday will be important because it would be nice to go to Meole on Thursday (rearranged due to a fixture clash) with a 15 shot advantage to defend.”

The Ifton and Wrockwardine Wood has had to be rearranged because of a clash with an Oswestry League fixture. A new date has yet to be arranged.

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