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Gameweek 24 Preview

Fields aim to take advantage, Hanmer give young blood chance, Can Wem win away again?

Castlefields will look to advantage of Ifton being short of regulars in Gameweek 24 as they close in on the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League. Ifton skipper Dickie Jones explains “we have 5 players missing due to Leighton’s wedding, so some of our young players will be called upon.” The Fields may be without their Isle of Man regulars Callum Wraight and Rich Goddard though, and will be wary of Ifton’s young guns who have made their mark on the league this season. Newport are in 2nd and host Wrockwardine Wood, with both teams wary of teams around them, the Newport looking to keep 2nd place and the Wrockites looking to fend off St Georges for 5th. Sir John Bayley have a home game too against Burway, a team they beat 12-2 last season, to apply the pressure on Newport, while Burway look to build on their fine home win over Hanwood last week. On the other hand Hanwood will look to bounce back from that as they host the Bowring, looking to fend off St Georges below and apply some pressure on the top three. Bowring are in 9th and could still get a top half finish with three real good results in their remaining games. St Georges are in form at the moment, with their home form having picked up to match their great away form this season, but face a tough trip to a Bylet side improving all the time. Captain Scott Harries comments “me and the lads are full of confidence for the visit of St Georges, we know it is a tough game especially given their brilliant away form this season but we have been fantastic at home so I have every faith in us delivering another positive result. I have a full side and hopefully the green will be running once again and the rain hasn’t dampened it to much. We still have everything to play for and with 2 out of our last 3 games at home we are looking to break our highest ever points tally and highest ever finish in our history. With the Harris Cup Final also coming up soon all the boys are fighting for places and to keep their individual form up. So it’s all to play for in our camp and we are looking to go out on a high, starting with looking to slay the Dragons.”

Wem USC are in that top half position in 7th at the moment and travel to Hanmer looking for three away wins in a row. Captain Scott Thomas comments “we are hoping to maintain our good home form and looking to pick up as many points as we can at one of our North Shropshire rivals. The Hanmer lads have had a tough season, something we can sympathise, and they’ll be looking to end the season well, so we’re looking forward to a good competitive game.” Hanmer skipper Dave Ellison will look to build on last week’s home win over another North Shropshire rival Ifton. “We look forward to another local derby tomorrow night against Wem. Our form has picked up the last three weeks and we hope to keep it going again and this is a good opportunity for the young lads to gain experience at this level. We realise that we can’t move up the league so we hope to finish the season with a flourish.” Meole Brace have dropped down to 12th and host Chester Road, who are a place below them. They have the Barlows Fire & Security Alan Mayhew Trophy Final to look forward to and places will be up for grabs! Chester Road will just want to make sure Hanmer don’t get to close to them before the last game of the season, as well as trying to move up the table to where they looked at being at the start of the season.

Gameweek 24 Fixtures:

Ifton v Castlefields

Newport v Wrockwardine Wood

Sir John Bayley v Burway

Hanwood v Bowring

Bylet v St Georges

Hanmer v Wem USC

Meole Brace v Chester Road

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