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Gameweek 14 Preview

Newport look to bounce back, Bylet and Ifton look to move clear, Hanmer’s favourable run starts

Newport look to bounce back from their defeat on Wednesday as they return home in Gameweek 14 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. Their recent good form ground to a halt at Burway, but were short of players who they hope to have back. Burway don’t have the best record there, but will want to not waste that good home win themselves. Sir John Bayley have a tough looking game at home to St Georges, who, apart from getting 2 at Hanwood, have been excellent away from home so far this season. But the Bayley have been good at home, and joint captain Scott Simpson says “we battled well on Wednesday and maybe the green caught some of us out expecting it to be quicker than it was. Battled to get 5 and will look to build on that and keep clawing away at Newport’s big lead. They have players who will have seen the green more than most but we play our green well when it’s like glass and I’m pretty sure it will be.” Hanwood will also look for a good home win against Chester Road, who have not fared well at the green since they came back into the league, and given the weather, could well be struggling again. But Chester Road know they need to battle away in the second half of the season as they 8 away games to come. Castlefields will be looking for a good home win if they are to have any chance of catching the leaders and defending their title. But they face Wem USC who have done well away so far this season, including 4 at Sir John Bayley in their last game.

Bylet will look to continue their recent good form with a home game to Meole Brace. Captain Scott Harries says “we are looking forward to the return game with the Meole boys, they played it very well against us on their quick green Wednesday so fair play to them. 4 points wasn’t bad for us when you look at how all the games went but we wanted 1 or 2 more before the game to continue our fine away form so we were slightly disappointed not to get more. But as I said credit to the Meole boys for how they played. We will be looking to match their score tonight or go one better, our green will be nice and sharp so we need to make home advantage count. Our home form has been good since this warm weather the last month so fingers crossed we can continue to perform and get the result we are after.” Meole Brace have also been good away from home with two wins on the road already, so, with their recent good record there, will be looking for another good result. Ifton are in 12th and will want to make sure they keep clear of trouble as they host Bowring. Ifton won their last home game 12-2, and will be looking to get near that again. Captain Dickie Jones says “with our green starting to get quick we will hope for a good win to get back on track after a disappointing performance on Wednesday night. Before that we have put in some good performances.” Bowring were struggling themselves but back to back 12-2 home wins has propelled them up the table, and with their good away form this season, will be looking for a good result themselves there. Hanmer are adrift at the bottom at the moment but have 8 out of their remaining 13 games at home, and will start to try and make that count as they host Wrockwardine Wood. Wrockwardine though coming off their green should have no fear for a flying Hanmer green, but will have little experience of it. 

Gameweek 14 Fixtures:

Newport v Burway

Sir John Bayley v St Georges

Hanwood v Chester Road

Castlefields v Wem USC

Ifton v Bowring

Bylet v Meole Brace

Hanmer v Wrockwardine Wood

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