Top two clash, Hanwood look to overturn Bowring cup result, can Burway whitewash Bayley again?
The top two clash in Gameweek 10 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. Newport have been flying recently but travel to a Wrockwardine Wood who enjoyed a good start but slipped up last home match against Hanwood, rescuing a draw from 4-0 up. However they did get a good 5 at the Bayley last week, so bounced back quick enough. Newport skipper Sam Millward knows the green hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for his team in recent years. “I think the last 3 years we’ve only come away with 4 winners and Wrockwardine are flying this year so it’ll be a tough game for us. We’re without Kevin Keary and Mick Jones as well so we’ll give it our best as we always try to do and see what we can get out of the game.” Castlefields are just below Wrockwardine Wood and will be hoping to exploit those two teams taking points off each other as they host Ifton. Ifton have picked up recently, including a fine win midweek in the KGJ Insurance County Cup over Wrockwardine Wood, so Castlefields will need to be wary.
Hanwood will be looking to get one back on the Bowring as they beat them in the KGJ Insurance County Cup on Wednesday. But the Hanwood joint skipper Mark Shore says “the games are slightly different, we had a couple missing last night and it will be different teams playing on Friday. So I don’t think playing again so soon favours either side really. Plus the County Cup game was at a neutral venue so there was no advantage there. It’s bunched up nicely apart from Newport so it’s building up for an interesting middle part of the season. They may take points off each other but it will be that way throughout the season, so we just have to look after ourselves and make sure we perform in what will be a very difficult game. We had a good win last week and coming back the week before to get a draw at Wrockwardine Wood seemed to really boost confidence throughout the team.” Bowring have struggled at home so far, and find themselves at the wrong end of the table after such a good season last year. Another two teams meeting after Wednesday are Burway and Sir John Bayley. This game resulted in the most incredible result last year as Burway managed to whitewash the reigning champions, but skipper Russ Davies knows there home form hasn’t been that good so far this year apart from their opening 13-1 win over Ifton. “Our home form has been 100% win rate but not exactly 100% convincing at times. We all know the strength of SJB and the serious talent they have, but we are as always confident in our ability as a team, we will take it as it comes. Teams have come down and taken it to us this year and played the green well, but we have enough experience and talent ourselves capable of a good result as last year showed! But a home win is what we will be going for.” The Bayley beat Burway comfortably on Wednesday and will be fired up after last year to get some winners of there own.
Wem USC are doing well after last year’s hard season and will be looking to pile on the pain for bottom side Hanmer, who having been away last week, are again the next three out of the four, with a home game against Castlefields sandwiched in between. So they know that they are going to have to up their away form so they don’t get cut adrift at the bottom. Wem USC captain Scott Thomas says his team are “looking forward to tomorrow night’s game. We’ve been playing well at home and hope to keep this going against one of our Whitchurch League rivals. Obviously we’d love a repeat of last year’s result but will be taking nothing for granted against a Hanmer side who will want to get off bottom spot as soon as possible.” Chester Road and Meole Brace are in that gaggle of teams at the bottom of the table, and will be wanting a good result to keep themselves clear of the bottom. Chester Road have only managed 9 points maximum at home so far this season, and this needs to change if they are to move up the table. Meole have done well so far considering they lost a lot of players over the Winter, and would love to repeat their win at Ifton here. Bylet beat St Georges last season on the top green but know that the Dragons will be wanting revenge for that victory. St Georges got themselves back to winning ways last home game but Bylet come of a very good home win over Wem USC last week so confidence will be flowing.
Gameweek 10 Fixtures:
Wrockwardine Wood v Newport
Burway v Sir John Bayley
Castlefields v Ifton
Chester Road v Meole Brace
Bowring v Hanwood
Wem USC v Hanmer
St Georges v Bylet