King George V will look to build on their 8-2 win over Dudley Dell from the weekend as they aim to move away from the bottom of the table in Gameweek 9 of the Summit Garage Staffordshire Premier Bowls League. Captain Jason Galvin said “we played well against the Dell. Could have had 7 winners but Paul Lamb ducked out 20 after being 20-14 up.” Best winner for them was Tom Pritchard 6 while Jason Westwood was best for the visitors 13, and Simon Homer got MVP for that run out. They face the Greville Arms tonight, a totally different prospect given their extra knowledge of the green. “It will be a hard game against the Greville, they have got 2 ex-KGV bowlers who have been down there practising for the county and they have 2 merit winners this year. So think it will be difficult to beat them but we need to.” The Greville are only one place above King George V but 6 points better off and 6 points off top. M&B Cheslyn Hay replaced King George V at the bottom of the table, albeit with a game in hand, and face a hard task at leaders West Brom FSC. Skipper Aaron Tapper comments “we are looking for a good 2 or 3 winners away at West Brom, with Reece Farr getting to last 8 of the competition. Also Chris Ward, Dave East and Reece getting into the latter stages of the Staffordshire Merit yesterday will mean they go into tonight’s game full of confidence regardless of us missing myself and Lee Hulse.” West Brom FSC will be looking to at least keep their lead at the top with a good home win. The George are two points behind them and face a tough trip to Moor Lane, who have been doing very well at home this season. Dudley Dell won on St Georges last season, but despite their improved form they will be hard pressed to match it given St Georges have improved a lot on last year’s struggles. Willenhall Nordley are still up the top given their good start but will want to start getting in good home wins again, but Tanworth In Arden got a good three at Moor Lane last week.
Royal Oak will look to extend their lead at the top as they host Windmill, who currently sit in 3rd place. They are top by two points, with a game in hand, and have an impressive home record this season. Windmill have struggled on the road so far this season, so will be hard pushed to improve on that there tonight. Three Magpies are now third after getting three winners at Ward End Cons at the weekend. Ben Lynch and Gareth Herbert were best winners 14, with Gareth getting MVP. For the home side it was David Room their top card 5 but Mel Jordan got MVP for his 6 win. Three Magpies face Penn at home, who were unlucky just to get two on their last away game at Royal Oak. Ward End Cons have another home game against Baddesley, who picked up in their last game at home to Chadsmoor, but know they need to improve on their away form. Moseley CC sit well placed after their good start, and host a Great Barr side that have been good at home but have only got a maximum of 2 points away. Captain Nick Peters knows “it’s always a tough game when we play Great Barr as they have some good players. However we are looking to continue and build on from our last home game against Castlefields which could have easily gone the other way. We are in form and I have a full selection of players to choose from.” Castlefields and Chadsmoor are the bottom two, and know their form needs to start improving if they are to move up the table.
Woodfield will look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last week but won’t have an easy task at Netherseal. Netherseal themselves will be looking to keep their home form like their last home game, a 9-1 win, if they are to sneak into the top two. Stretton Anglesey could be top after tomorrow night as they have two home games on the bounce. They face Willenhall Nordley and then Short Heath, both teams having struggled on their travels so far this season, although Nordley did start the season with 4 at Wrockwardine Wood. Short Heath haven’t got going so far this season, and a home game against Baldwin, a team unfamiliar with their green, might be able to kick start their season. But captain Tony Rhodes knows they are both “tough games. Don’t know much about Baldwin but Stretton are different class. We will try our best.” Baldwin come off a whitewash in their last home game, so will want to build on that in their away form. Wrockwardine Wood are in third but will be ruing missed chances away as they have had three winners in every game and lost by less than 8 each time. They travel to Broomfield who have slipped down the table after their good start and will be eager to get back to form. Sutton Park will be looking to build on their win against Woodfield last week, but face a tricky trip to Langley, who had a good win last week against Wrockwardine Wood. Captain Chris Sadler says “we’re going into the fixture away at Langley with a positive feel. A win at home against the league leaders is always a massive boost. Since the Summit started we always seem to have played Langley every season, giving us good green knowledge. The Park go there with nothing to lose, we set out to win the game, hopefully the green is challenging as this could help us!”