Newport & Fields face tough away tests, Bylet aim to keep up form
The top two of the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League face tough away trips in Gameweek 20. The leaders Newport face a trip to 5th placed Hanwood, who have been excellent at home so far this season. Hanwood joint captain Mark Shore comments “big game against the league leaders. We know this will be a tough fixture as Newport look to get as many as possible to push for the title. I think the draw will be critical in this fixture to ensure we maximise our points haul.” Second places Castlefields face a tough trip themselves to Burway, but did win there last year, although it was a very wet night. Burway joint skipper Russ Davies is hoping the weather is kinder to them tonight! “Well I tipped Castlefields as my title winners at the start of the season in the preview, and I still think they can do it. But we owe them one from last year when they came and beat us 10-4 at Burway. We have almost a full squad to pick from, with just Pete Griffiths missing due to over 50s gymnastics commitments. But all our players are looking forward to it, playing much better than the results suggest, but we like the Castlefields lads and usually have a bit of banter and a pint. So should be a good night, hopefully we put a dent in the title bid and prove me to be wrong!” Sir John Bayley will look to take advantage as they host Ifton. The Bayley are coming off two tough away games but have been good at home so far this season. However Ifton are in excellent form at the moment, moving from near the bottom to 7th place, and will look to continue their push to finish top half.
Bylet are another team in good form as they host a Hanmer side who have started to struggle away. Captain Scott Harries says “we return to our home comforts for the visit of Hanmer in good spirits. Our away form has tailed off slightly recently so it’s important to keep banging in the results at home. We’ve been in excellent form these last few months at home, the weather has been kind and we’ve played a very sharp green superbly, it’s been a real weapon for us this season. Hopefully the rain holds off and we can put in another great performance and result in. We will treat Hanmer like we do everybody else though, it’ll be a tough game, they are in a perilous position so they will be fighting for every point which means we need to stay focused to get our job done!” Chester Road find themselves still second bottom despite their win at Wem USC last week and will want to make sure they build on that against Wrockwardine Wood. They have struggled at home though this season, but Wrockwardine have struggled at their green in the past, however have now rediscovered their early season form. Wem USC will look to bounce back from that home defeat as they travel to Meole Brace, and try and match their last away performance at Burway where they drew. Meole have been up and down this season but are still in 8th place and chasing a top half finish. They are only 7 points off St Georges in 6th but the Dragons will look to take advantage of consecutive home games to ensure they finish at least there and try and make inroads into the teams above. They host Bowring, who have done very well away recently, including an away win on Wem USC.
Gameweek 20 Fixtures:
Hanwood v Newport
Burway v Castlefields
Sir John Bayley v Ifton
Bylet v Hanmer
St Georges v Bowring
Chester Road v Wrockwardine Wood
Meole Brace v Wem USC