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Bayley face tough Hanwood trip, Bylet face leaders, Can Hanmer repeat history? 

Sir John Bayley face a tough trip to Hanwood in Gameweek 18 of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League as they look to keep Newport in sight. They find themselves 8 points behind the leaders, and will do well to bridge that gap come tonight. Joint skipper Chris Worthington knows “it’s definitely in Newport’s hands. They seem to be getting a point on us each week so we could do with getting something back ahead of going there next week. We are at full strength this week and we are going to be stronger squad for the remainder of the campaign. We are on a high from a good win in the County Cup last Saturday and hopefully we can take that form into tonight.” Hanwood have been awesome at home so far this season, like usual, but the Bayley were so close to winning on there last season, losing by just 2 chalks. Newport will fancy gaining a few points tonight as they travel to Bylet. But the Bylet have been really good at home lately, and will relish the challenge of facing the league leaders, led by ex Newport player Scott Harries. “Me and the lads are really looking forward to this one tonight! We welcome the league leaders and challenge that lies ahead of us. We’ve been in tremendous form in the league at home recently, we had a magnificent win over Newport in the Harris Cup last week so hopefully we can produce the same performance again against them. They will be up for it, they are chasing the title but I’m confident that with our green screaming and if we perform to our level then we can come away with a positive result, I’ll take any win that’s for sure!”

Castlefields in third know if they are to catch Newport they will need to win at Chester Road, who have struggled for home wins this season. Chester Road skipper Paul Fowles knows “it will be another tough game, they will be coming to win to keep up with the top two. We need to get as many as we can to hopefully pull a few points on teams around us.” Chester Road have a big cushion over bottom placed Hanmer, who know they need a faultless run in now. They drew at St Georges last season, and know that they are going to need to repeat that again if they are to start closing the gap. Captain Dave Ellison knows “it’s looking a bit perilous for us at the moment but everybody is in good spirits and we keep plodding on. If we lose our remaining four away games we will finish bottom. But we played well there last year and drew 8-6 and the same kind of result will be most welcome. It’s a place that doesn’t hold any fears for us because the green seems to suit us a little bit. It’s never really rapidly quick, it’s a nice pace all over and should suit us. I think we’re not far from getting an away win, we just need that bit of luck.”

Bowring will be looking to push on from their win last week at Wem USC, and host Wrockwardine Wood with both teams having former players from the other side. Captain Rich Lawson is expecting “a lively encounter, Stuart has put a good team together. They’ve had a good season especially at the start but we had a really good away win last week and if we show that kind of form Friday then we should get the home win. I’m expecting it to be pretty vocal with plenty of banter, the forecast isn’t great for Friday night and I hope it doesn’t spoil what should be a great match, but we’ll just have to get on with it whatever the weather!” Wrockwardine have struggled lately but are still in 5th place, and know that would still be a great finish for them. Wem USC will look to bounce back from that home defeat as they travel to Burway. They have had some good away results this season, including 6 at Wrockwardine Wood, the same score Burway got there last week. Burway though have found their form at home again, hammering Hanmer 13-1 last home game. Meole Brace are another team in form after winning at Hanmer last week, but face another form team in Ifton, in what could be a close encounter. Ifton had a great record on the other green at Meole, so will hope to transfer that over.


Gameweek 18 Fixtures:

Hanwood v Sir John Bayley

Chester Road v Castlefields

Meole Brace v Ifton

St Georges v Hanmer

Bowring v Wrockwardine Wood

Bylet v Newport

Burway v Wem USC

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