Top four all clash, Bottom two meet
The top four all meet each other this week as top meets second and fourth hosts third in Gameweek 9 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. Newport have been flying while Castlefields are gradually getting into their stride after beating Sir John Bayley last week and winning at Bylet the week before. Newport skipper Sam Millward says “Castlefields won at ours last year but we’re stronger and playing well as a team this year so fair play to them if they replicate last year’s score.” Castlefields non playing captain Alan Peach knows it is “a tough game at Newport. They are not top of the league for no reason, other than that they are a top team with top players. We will try and get winners if possible. I’m sure the lads don’t need any motivation for this one.” The Bayley and Wrockwardine Wood come off disappointing results from last week despite having a decent start to the season before. Both teams will be looking to bounce back and keep up with the table toppers. Wrockwardine did win there in 2014 so have shown they can play the green well, but the Bayley have not slipped up since that year.
The bottom two also meet as Ifton host Hanmer with both teams in urgent need of a kickstart. Ifton captain Dickie Jones knows “a good home win would see us move off the bottom. It is also our derby game which should make it a good atmosphere.” Opposition skipper Dave Ellison admits “a local derby to kick start both team’s season is not ideal for us both. We are competing a lot better this year away from home and we go there looking for 4 knowing we have 4 away games in the next 5 fixtures so do not want to be too far adrift after these games.” Bylet and Chester Road are just above the bottom two and have home fixtures to try and exploit those two meeting. Bylet host Wem USC who have enjoyed a good start to their season, getting two 5s away from home so far. Bylet will be happier to have an easier home fixture after facing three of the top five so far this season, but know they need to start winning well at home to keep away from trouble. Chester Road play St Georges, who have won on their green the last two seasons and have already won two away games so far, so know it won’t be an easy game for them. They haven’t won more than 9-5 at home and this needs to change so they can move up the table. 9th plays 10th as Meole Brace host Bowring, with both teams having recent troubles. Meole have lost their last three since beating Castlefields while the Bowring just got past the Bylet last week, but have got a couple of good 5s away from home so far this season. Hanwood are still hammering teams at home, like they have done since they returned to the league, but Burway have got 4 and 3 since they did and would want to repeat those 4 winners again. Hanwood finally got a decent away result last week and will not want to waste that.
Gameweek 9 Fixtures
Newport v Castlefields
Sir John Bayley v Wrockwardine Wood
Ifton v Hanmer
Chester Road v St Georges
Meole Brace v Bowring
Bylet v Wem USC
Hanwood v Burway