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Four of bottom five look for home wins, Ifton look to keep up form, top two at home

Four out of the bottom five are at home in Gameweek 21 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League and will look to try and move their way out of trouble. Hanmer have two crucial home games to come after three successive away games and after their successful points haul out of all three they will want to build on it. Captain Dave Ellison comments “2 massive games and we must make our home advantage count against Bowring knowing that hardly any of their lads have seen the green but also knowing that they are a quality side. We know that two good results can go a long way towards safety for us and we are at full strength for both games.” Bowring are coming into some excellent form moving up to 5th place and know that Hanmer will hold no fear for them as they try and make their first ever top 6 finish. Wem USC are the visitors to Hanmer on Sunday but first of all take on Burway at home knowing that they need to bang in some good home wins in light of their poor away form. Skipper Graham Dulson knows “we need a good result and all my players are available. Our team spirit is still very good despite our poisition in the league.” Burway still harbour hopes of a top half finish but they know their away form needs to improve to back up their good home results.

Bylet earned a great 5 at Ifton last night but know they still need to bang in the home wins to stay off bottom. They face a tough task against St Georges who won at their place last season 10-4 but it depends on whether they are distracted by their KGJ Insurance County Cup Final the next night or not. They have also been beaten by Bylet twice this season so will want to get some pay back for those two shock defeats. Fellow County Cup finalists Ifton are the only team to be away at the bottom of the table but travel to Meole Brace where they have won in the past, albeit on the other green. Meole though are starting to bounce back from their poor mid season form after getting 5 at Burway last week and winning in the Barlows Fire & Security Alan Mayhew Trophy last night. Chester Road are clear of the bottom four but with two away games on the bounce coming up skipper Paul Fowles knows “we need to make home advantage pay having the next 2 games away. We are happy with our form so hopefully we can pull a bit further clear of the bottom.” They face Hanwood who sit just outside the top 6 and will want to improve their away form to back up their excellent home form, especially with four out of their last 6 at home.

The top two face home ties but leaders Castlefields face the tougher of the two as they play Newport. There will plenty of spice in the game after they have met three times already this season, the Fields winning on Newport but losing to them in the County Cup, while the Alan Mayhew tie was won by Newport but then awarded to the Fields. Newport have shown excellent away form to but the Fields are still flying in the league and are in no mood to relinquish their top spot. Sir John Bayley play Wrockwardine Wood, but the Wrockites did win on there two seasons back so know they can cause a shock or two. But the Bayley have the best home record in the league this season and will want to try and keep the pressure up on the Fields with two good home wins ahead of their clash in two weeks time.

Gameweek 21 Fixtures:

Hanmer v Bowring

Wem USC v Burway

Bylet v St Georges

Meole Brace v Ifton

Chester Road v Hanwood

Castlefields v Newport

Sir John Bayley v Wrockwardine Wood

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