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Gameweek 6 Preview

Newport hope to maintain form, Top meets bottom, Hanmer look for form

Newport are aiming to maintain their good form but have another tough game in Gameweek 6 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. They face Hanwood, who have impressed at home but still need to make that step up away from their green. They did get 4 at the Bayley in a good result but know they need something similar in order to keep up at the top end of the table. Hanwood joint captain Mark Shore said “our third game in the opening six against a team from the top three. We expect it to be a very tough test given Newport’s great start. We will give it o/k.jjur best and hope to snatch a few!” Newport got 7 at the Bayley last week, and skipper Sam Millward

+”thought the lads were brilliant last week at SJB! We are looking to keep the momentum going and follow that up with a good home performance. Hanwood are an improved side this year but so are we, bring it on!” Sir John Bayley will look to bounce back from that disappointing result as they travel to bottom placed Ifton. The Bayley won 10-4 there last season, and would love a repeat, but Ifton will be happier after their 6 last week at Bylet, however they know they need to be at the top of their game of a positive result.

Hanmer will be looking to recover from last week’s single winner at Hanwood. Skipper Dave Ellison knows Bylet at home is “a big game because of the result last week and we need to bounce back. That result aisde we haven’t started off too badly and maybe should have another four or five points on the board. We could have had another one or two winners at Hanwood, although they’re a good side that play their green well. I’m sure if the good weather continues and we can get our green running quickly then we should get a result. Bylet have had a steady start themselves and it’s a big game for both sides. They have only seen our green once before, which was last year, and I think we had a 12-2 over them. Something similar would be great, or a 10 or 11.” Bylet though will hope to use that experience last week and improve on that. Wem USC and Meole Brace meet with both teams in form the last couple of weeks. Meole won at Ifton and beat Castlefields, but Wem USC captain Scott Thomas is “looking forward to the visit of Meole tomorrow. They are in a rich vein of form and it’s good to see them playing well! We are ready for the challenge having had a pleasing 11-3 result in our last game at home and another solid 5 away at Chester Road last week. The boys have been putting a lot of time in on the green and so we can only hope that pays off and we put another good performance in on an ever improving green!” Meole will want to continue that form that has seen them rise up the table.

Bowring and St Georges come off differing results last week with Bowring getting a great 5 at Burway and St Georges drawing at home with Wrockwardine Wood. Bowring have only had two home games so far, with a narrow win against the Bayley and a comeback victory against Wem, but know St Georges do have a good record on there. St Georges won their last away game at Hanmer, and have played well away so far so will hope to continue that and put aside their home troubles. Wrockwardine Wood have been flying this season and find themselves just 2 off the top of the table, and with a home game against Chester Road will be looking at being top at the end of the night. But Chester Road did have an excellent record on the green, however have lost 10-4 and 11-3 the last two seasons there, and have been hit and miss this season so far. Castlefields will want to bounce back from their defeat at Meole Brace last week, and host Burway this week, who after an initial good start have struggled to maintain that form. They do have a poor record at Queen Street too, but know they are capable of a good result given they got 5 at Hanmer in their first away game. The Fields know though that a good home result will make up for last week’s shock loss.

Gameweek 6 Fixtures:

Newport v Hanwood

Ifton v Sir John Bayley

Castlefields v Burway

Hanmer v Bylet

Bowring v St Georges

Wrockwardine Wood v Chester Road

Wem USC v Meole Brace

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