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Gameweek 2 Preview

Ifton look to bounce back, Former champions clash, Meole hope for drinks

Ifton are looking to bounce back in Gameweek 2 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League after only getting one point at Burway last week. But they face a Chester Road side that have a very good record on their green, getting 5 or more in the last 10 seasons. Captain Dickie Jones admits “after last week’s disappointing result we need a good win to get our season going. Chester Road know our green well so like any game won’t be easy.” Chester Road will look to build on their narrow win over Hanmer last week. Burway on the other hand will be looking to build on that fine start but face a long trip up to Hanmer, who themselves will be buoyed by their performance last week. Hanmer won 12-2 last season and know their home form is key to keep away from trouble, while if Burway want to make the top 6 then they need to improve their away form from last season.

Two former champions clash as Newport host St Georges. Newport got 7 winners at Meole Brace last week while St Georges beat Wem USC 9-5. Captain Sam Millward says “they’ve lost a few players and we’ve got a few missing so who knows, hoping to get a good first home result but you never know in this league, every team is capable of winning everywhere!” Joint St Georges captain Ian Gaut admits “the team seem to perform well at Newport but like most other teams usually come away with very little for our efforts. We’ll be trying to get 4 or 5 winners as we always aim for away from home. But they are an experienced team who usually perform well at home so we are under no illusions as to the task.” Wem USC will want to build on that 5 from last week and face a Wrockwardine Wood team who had a solid start at home to Bylet. Wrockwardine got 6 there last season and would love another repeat, while Wem know they need bigger home wins to stay away from that bottom spot again.

Castlefields and Sir John Bayley will look to push on from good away hauls last week as they face Bowring and Meole Brace respectively. Bowring though should have won at Castlefields last season, and it will be a good test of their young team as they travel to the Champions. Castlefields will not want a repeat of that game and will try and start their home season on the right note. Sir John Bayley finished off the 2017 season with a whitewash against Meole Brace and would love to do the same again. But Meole Brace have a motivation to improve explains captain Andy Wigginton. “We have only got to get one winner to beat last year’s score. With the weather the way it is we’ve got to capitalise as an away team so we will be up for the fight as spirit is still good in the camp. They have lost players but we have lost players so hard one to predict but vice captain Nige Bound says if we get 4 he will get the drinks in!” Hanwood will have their first away test at Bylet hoping to match their 10-4 win there two seasons ago. They did draw last season there with just 5 winners so know with an improved side they could gain their first away win since 2016, which they need to be able to challenge that top three. Bylet, under the new leadership of Scott Harries, are a much tougher nut to crack now and are looking more up than down the table. They still lost a few home games last season and know this is a way of improving their points tally from last season.

Gameweek 2 Fixtures:

Newport v St Georges

Bylet v Hanwood

Hanmer v Burway

Ifton v Chester Road

Sir John Bayley v Meole Brace

Castlefields v Bowring

Wem USC v Wrockwardine Wood

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