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St Georges look to continue away form, Wrockites aim to keep form up, Chester Road want to get off bottom

St Georges will look to continue their fine away form as they travel to Burway in Gameweek 7 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. They have won their last two away games, including last week’s at Bowring, as well as getting 5 at Newport, but won’t have it easy at a Burway side usually excellent at home. Joint captain Ian Gaut is “not unhappy as team playing well away and hoping to get some winners again. But be good to get back home next week and try to get back to normal results at home.” Home skipper Russ Davies recognises “they have had some good results, averaging 9 away after 3 games is very good. We have been a little slack the last couple of home games but respectful of the away sides performance. We always confident in our ability as a team and that our home performances will pick up again. Everyone is in good spirits, we still have a couple injured but we will still have a team capable of hopefully a good win.” Burway will be looking to get back to form when they hammered Ifton 13-1 in their first home game.

Meole Brace take on Wrockwardine Wood with the both teams in good form. Wrockwardine have stormed up to 2nd place in the table and Stuart Clee is aiming not to change anything in order to keep them up there. “I seem to repeat myself most weeks but we will just approach the game as we have done with any other we have played so far. We have our way of setting the team out and we have set ourselves goals to reach. The only important thing for me is us applying ourselves in the correct manner at what will be a tough place to get anything from, as all away games in the league are.” They drew on their last away game on St Georges and have won at Wem USC already, so Meole captain is wary of the threat they possess. “It should be another close one as most games will be for us at home this year. Looking for a good start with a trusty front 4 as usual then see how it goes from there. They must be full of confidence so we will respect them but will still go for it. The captain returns after a game in the Tanners in place of Martin Middleton.” Meole defeated Castlefields 10-4 last home game and will look for more of the same. Another team in good form is table topping Newport, and they will be looking for a big home win over Ifton, who have a poor record on the green in recent years, just 12 points in the last 6 visits there. Newport have returned to their fearsome home form, hammering Hanwood 12-2 last week, and will be looking for more of the same there.

Chester Road will be looking to climb off bottom spot as they entertain the Bowring. But captain Paul Fowles isn’t worried about their position as “I feel we are playing better than being bottom of the league with a good win in the cup and good performance last week at Wrockwardine Wood with a lot of close games. They will be looking to improve as well so I think it will be a tight game.” Bowring lost at home to St Georges last week to leave them just two points ahead of Chester Road and will want a reaction, but did get a good 5 on the road last time at Burway. Bylet are just a point off the bottom but face a tough home game against the champions Castlefields. They only just beat Ifton last game and know they will need improve to get a decent points haul out of the game. The Fields have been going about their business efficiently with just one blemish at Meole Brace but will be looking for a win at the Bylet to keep pace at the top. Hanwood will be glad to be at home given the recent dry weather and their away troubles, and will be looking for a similar result against Wem USC like they had against Hanmer. Wem though have been much improved this season, and have had some good away results at St Georges and Chester Road. Sir John Bayley have also dipped a little since their good start but will know they can produce a good home win over Hanmer. Hanmer started well away but did just get one at Hanwood last away game, and know if they are to keep away from trouble they will need to not get many more of those scores again.

Gameweek 7 Fixtures:

Burway v St Georges

Bylet v Castlefields

Chester Road v Bowring

Newport v Ifton

Meole Brace v Wrockwardine Wood

Hanwood v Wem USC

Sir John Bayley v Hanmer

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