Dudley Dell will look to bounce back in Gameweek 4 of the Summit Garage Staffordshire Premier Bowls League after three defeats in their opening three games. They will have good green knowledge of the Willenhall Nordley but Nordley themselves will want to build on their fine away win there two weeks ago. Moor Lane are another team needing a good home win although they’ve had a solid start. They host King George V, and captain Bob Hickman was “pleased to have 3 winners in the first match and had a fantastic win on their green on Saturday in the Warwick and Worcester League. We know they will be coming out all guns blazing so we have to be on our guard as they have some excellent players who know our green very well.” Moor Lane only had three winners in their last home game against the Greville Arms so will be wanting more winners this time round. King George V have been dealing in 7-3s at home and away so far and will want to start improving on that if they are to reclaim their title. West Brom FSC had a great start but St Georges beat them 8-2 two weeks ago. St Georges are back in form this season so will be looking for a good haul there, and West Brom will have to cope with their loss of their talisman Greg Smith. Greg has moved over to the George to strengthen their team and that will help with the visit of the Champions the Greville. Greville got 5 winners at Moor Lane but know the George have got a good side who have had a decent start. Tanworth in Arden won their first home game 8-2 and would love to repeat that against M&B Cheslyn Hay. But M&B have had a good start, however wouldn’t have played the green for a few years.
Castlefields will be looking to start winning well as they host Baddesley after only getting 2 winners there two weeks ago. Captain Mark Taylor says “the aim is to at least match the 6-2, in our favour, in the reverse fixture. That’s the minimum aim. It’ll be the first time on our green for quite a few of their players so we’re hoping that will benefit us. We want to get a big win and than kick on, and start moving up the table a little bit.” Baddesley got no winners in their only away game so far so will want to be improving on that. Windmill have had a good start and will want to maintain that, but face a trip to Moseley CC who earned a whitewash in their opening home game. Spokesman Darrell Handley knows “tomorrow night’s game is going to be extremely difficult for us as they play their home green very well. We had a great result at home but we have a difficult night ahead and look forward to the challenge.” Ward End Cons entertain Penn looking to at least match their 7-3 home win last game. Captain Marc Franks says “every home game is big for us, we need to keep our home form consistent throughout the season. Penn will be another hard game for us.” Penn got three in their last away game, and will be wanting to at least match that scoreline. Royal Oak are joint top of the league but visit Great Barr in a tough game. Great Barr had a good home result last home game, but Royal Oak got a good three in their only away game so far. Three Magpies enjoyed a good home result over Chadsmoor and will want to maintain that form when they visit Burns Street. Chadsmoor will be hoping a lack of green knowledge will hinder Three Magpies.
Baldwin will be looking for their first win of the season, but have a tough game against Willenhall Nordley B, who have had a good start. However captain Bill Pitt is “aware that the Baldwin have not made the best of starts in the league however, they can be just 1 game away from changing their fortunes. We are not familiar with the Baldwin’s green but if we apply ourselves in the correct manner we hope to be able to put ourselves in a position of hopefully obtaining a positive result to maintain our good start but we are only too aware that we are only as good as our next game.” Netherseal will be wanting to build on their win at Short Heath Liberals last week and also improve on their two winners at home to Stretton Anglesey two weeks ago. Skipper Ian Woodward said last week was “a really good team performance on a green in superb condition. Our star performer then was Andy Milsom who arrived without his woods. He borrowed a set from Craig Barker and played the corners immaculately.” Onto tonight’s game and Ian admits “we are playing on a green we know well and anticipate we can get 4 winners. If we can nick the aggregate that would be a bonus.” Stretton will look to build on those 8 points they got last game and start living up to their favourites tag. Woodfield are a team who’s had a good start, and travel to Langley who lost at home to Broomfield first game of the season and need to start winning to be able to make the top half. Short Heath Libs are another team without a win and will want to make up for their no winners at Wrockwardine Wood the last game, while Wrockwardine know that any winner is building on that result. But captain Martin Gaut says “when we went over there last year we only had two winners. We’d like three or four this time around.” Sutton Park defeated Broomfield 9-1 last game and Broomfield will be wanting to reverse that scoreline at least, while Sutton Park know another three winners like their last away game would be a good return.