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Top three away, North Shropshire Derby again, Hanwood look for home bounce

The top three are all away in Gameweek 16 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League as they look to make the jump on their opponents. Leaders Newport travel to St Georges, and given that a lot of their team used to play there, and that the Dragons have struggled at home this season, would usually be looking for a win. But captain Sam Millward says “last time we won the league we got four there so I’d take that!” But St Georges skipper Ian Gaut comments “we know they expect to win on our green and it really is about time we played our green how we should and send them packing!” Second placed Sir John Bayley travel to Meole Brace, a green they nearly won on last year when getting 6 winners. Meole aren’t as strong as then, but captain Andy Wigginton knows his team has shown plenty of fighting spirit this season. “After 2 of the hardest games we are likely to play, a freaky fast green at Bylet and an always extreme test at Newport, a welcome home game is one to look forward to.Will be difficult one as Bayley will come looking to win and previous years this is the time Meole tend to blow up and have some indifferent results. Hopefully the spirit and the keenness that our inexperienced side has will keep us in good stead for these tough run of fixtures. Maybe a bit of luck maybe due as we were absolute robbed of a few points at their place early in year when played decent only to get nil. Also a cooler night will be nice as a few of us tend to sweat up in the paddock!” Castlefields went third last week after thrashing Hanwood 13-1 and face a trip to one of their bogey greens in the Bowring. But they will be buoyant after last week and home captain Rich Lawson knows it is “going to be another tough game. They’ll be coming here looking for the win, hopefully the heavy showers forecast will miss us and not take the edge off our green as we’ve been playing it well now it’s running. I’ll take any kind of win against very strong opponents.”

Chester Road and Ifton meet in a North Shropshire Derby and both come off excellent results last week. Chester Road won at Hanmer to put distance between themselves and that team at the bottom, and captain Paul Fowles comments “as I have been saying we are playing better than the results have been showing. On Friday we played really well on a very quick green. The lads showed good resolve and did not let the green get to them. It was a first effort which hopefully we can build on.” On today’s games he adds, “it will be a hard game they know our green well and are a good team. On the flip side we are playing better so should be a good game.” Ifton captain Dickie Jones knows “we usually do ok there, 5 or more would be good as they had a good away win last week and they can’t afford another home defeat.” Hanmer are adrift at the bottom now and will be hard pressed not to let them be further adrift after travelling to Burway. Burway had a great home result last time round at home to Newport and will be looking for something similar, while Hanmer have struggled recently on their travels. Bylet are up to the heady heights of 7th place, and a trip to Hanwood will hold no fears for them given their confidence. Hanwood will be reeling after last week’s single winner at Castlefields and will want to take advantage of the three teams above them all playing away. Wrockwardine Wood are another team that will look to take advantage of teams above them being away as they host Wem USC. They have whitewashed them in the past but Wem are a different team this year, getting some good away results, but have lost a few at home recently.

Gameweek 16 Fixtures:

Meole Brace v Sir John Bayley

St Georges v Newport

Bowring v Castlefields

Burway v Hanmer

Hanwood v Bylet

Wrockwardine Wood v Wem USC

Chester Road v Ifton

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