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Gameweek 25 Preview

Castlefields look to seal title, Wem look to take it to last game, Top 4 fight is on

Castlefields will be looking to seal their first title since 2010 as they look to better Sir John Bayley’s result in Gameweek 25 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. All they know is that a good home result should do the job and bring back the trophy to Queen Street. Bylet though will want to build on their fine win last week at Sir John Bayley and are also in pole position to win the £50 first prize for the Most Improved Team after their improvement last week. Sir John Bayley will be more focused on sealing 2nd now they are just 5 points ahead of Newport, but Wem will be wanting to try and make the race to avoid bottom go into last week and give themselves a shout. Chester Road travel to Hanmer looking to get one back after Hanmer won at theirs earlier this season. This could also decide which team wins the last prize money by finishing in 10th place. Both teams will be on a high after last week’s results so it could be a high quality game with Chester Road knowing the green so well.

The closest battle is who finishes 4th and in the top half. Bowring are currently in that place and face a main rival in Hanwood. Both teams had poor results last week and will need to bounce back to enable them to be able to challenge. The match finished 10-4 to Bowring last year and both sides will want to improve on that. St Georges are in 5th place and face a trip to an Ifton side virtually safe, although they will want to make sure this week after a tough season. St Georges know an away win would make them favourites to claim 4th going into the final week. Captain Tony Rhodes returns this week and says “2 big games for us in our league effort with Pools A and B in mind. We always respect and find Ifton challenging but as ever will look for points.” Meole Brace and Wrockwardine Wood are another two teams in the mix with Wrockwardine wanting a top half finish and Meole a top 4. Wrockwardine skipper Rob Jones comments “a tough away fixture for us tomorrow but we need to do well if our aim of a top 6 finish is to remain in sight.” Meole have returned to some form lately with a couple of good home wins and will want another to put the pressure on those above. Burway are currently in 9th but can still get a top half finish if they can get another good home win like last week. But Newport have one of the best away records in the league and will fancy catching the Bayley for 2nd.

Gameweek 25 Fixtures:

Bowring v Hanwood

Castlefields v Bylet

Burway v Newport

Hanmer v Chester Road

Meole Brace v Wrockwardine Wood

Ifton v St Georges

Wem USC v Sir John Bayley

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