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Gameweek 13 Preview

Top three away again, Fields and Road look for home form, Wem & Burway aim to bounce back

The top three of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League are all away again and will be looking for another away victory in Gameweek 13 like they did in Gameweek 12. League leaders Newport travel to a Burway side who have unusually struggled at home this season, including a home defeat to Sir John Bayley. Joint captain Russ Davies knows it is a “tough game tomorrow, they are flying at the top of the league. But we go again, hopefully get some more points on the board before the return visit on Friday. The green is looking lovely and plays well so hopefully get a few early points but they are storming the league this year so far, fair play!” Newport continued their fine form with a win at Wem USC on Friday, and know another win here would be a big statement going into the 2nd half of the season, and are hoping that Pete Farmer nets his record breaking 27th consecutive win in the league. Sir John Bayley are second and desperately trying to keep Newport in reach. They go to St Georges, a green they have never won at, hoping to have a lot more luck than last season, when they had 3 winners and several close losers. St Georges though have struggled at home so far this season, continuing in their last home game, an 8-6 win over Ifton. So joint captain Ian Gaut says “another home game and no idea how we are going to perform. But hopefully everyone brings something like their best game and we can turn in the sort of result our players and green should be seeing.” Hanwood are away again at Chester Road, looking for another away win after defeating Meole Brace 12-4 on Friday. Chester Road have struggled badly at home this season, suffering two home defeats and not winning over 9-5 yet. Skipper Paul Fowles says “we are in need of a good result. It is another hard game we have to start winning our home games to keep out of the bottom place. We played well Friday and just lost, hopefully we will play as well tomorrow.”

Wem USC will look to bounce back from their defeat against Newport on Friday, but it doesn’t get any easier as they host Castlefields, who won by 1 on there last season, a defeat which Wem failed to recover from. Castlefields though find themselves 26 points behind the league leaders at the moment, and know they will have to go some to recover that gap. Captain Alan Peach is on holiday so Graham Rogers takes over the reins tomorrow night and comments, “well it helps when we have a full squad to pick from for starters the last four weeks we’ve been 4 sometimes 5 short. No disrespect to the players that came in though and with all the away games recently i.e. Hammer and Wrockwardine Wood, being very quick hard to play. We go to Wem tomorrow and that will be hard to play up and down the banks but we have a good squad of players to cope with it. There was good signs last week of us getting back to winning ways with a hard fought 5 points probably should of been six really to stay in touch with the top three we have to get a result tomorrow. Realistically Newport are flying at the moment and we have played a lot of tough away games first half of season so it’s gonna be a big ask but we’ll keep going to keep up with top three. When you have the likes of Mike Beer and Callum Wraight in your team you’ve always got a chance.”

Bowring enjoyed a great home win over Hanmer and will hope to continue that form, but face an Ifton side who got a great 6 at St Georges and have hit some good form too. Bylet are another team in good form, and travel to Meole Brace looking to build on their 5 they got at Burway. Meole lost heavily in their last home game, but Bylet will be a different prospect to Hanwood, a team with several ex-home bowlers in their ranks. They will be looking to bounce back and get their home form back that saw them beat Castlefields several weeks ago. Wrockwardine Wood will aim to reclaim their early season form, as tough fixtures have seen them tail off in recent weeks. But they will look for a big win over Hanmer, who have started to struggle again on their travels after a decent start on them, getting just 2 at Bowring last week, although will look to win those close games to get a better result this time round.

Gameweek 13 Fixtures:

Burway v Newport

St Georges v Sir John Bayley

Chester Road v Hanwood

Meole Brace v Bylet

Bowring v Ifton

Wem USC v Castlefields

Wrockwardine Wood v Hanmer

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