The Greville Arms will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table as they host bottom side King George V in Gameweek 10 of the Summit Garage Staffordshire Premier Bowls League. They won 9-3 there last week so will be looking to at least match that points haul and the same result they got at the weekend against West Brom FSC, who they beat 9-1. They had four 14 winners, Chris Halford, Lee Kington, Josh Hale and Carl Fielding, but Darren Plenderleith got MVP for his 19 win. Only Andy Saunders won for the visitors, 21-12, to earn MVP and only lose by 28 shots overall. King George know that they are gonna have to battle to stay in the league after two home defeats. West Brom FSC will be hoping for more luck than the Greville game as they go to M&B Cheslyn Hay. M&B though will be looking to move away from joint bottom of the table, although they have a game in hand. Dudley Dell had a poor result last away game at St Georges after a whitewash in their last home game. But captain Nick Wyer knows “we are expecting a very tough game against St Georges. Myself personally knowing them through playing there on a Friday know how dangerous they can be. They are a side full of experience and will push us but i expect our class and home advantage to shine through. We always look to plus the sides around us so will be looking for 6/2 minimum, although we’re missing Nathan Dawes who will be big loss. We haven’t played at home for while due to one reason or another but hope to use the speed and trickiness of our green to get the right result.” St Georges have been playing well this season and will hope to build on their last result. The George will be looking to get back to near the top of the table as they have slipped from leading down to 5th, but do have a game in hand. They will be looking to build on their 4 winners at Moor Lane last week as they host the same team. Moor Lane though have been good this season, and captain Bob Hickman knows it is “always a tough green for the away team against very good players. We’ve done ok as a team and will give it our best shot.”
Castlefields will be looking to put their player troubles behind them as they return to action after a three week break as they face Chadsmoor, who are just two ahead of them. Captain Mark Taylor is “looking for a positive performance after a difficult couple of weeks!” Chadsmoor have also been out of action for a while and will look for more than one they got at Baddesley in their last game, but most of their players will know the Fields green well from playing it on a Friday night. Baddesley will be hoping for a repeat performance of that result as they host Ward End Cons. They know they need to be banging in some good home wins after a slow start, while Ward End Cons will want to match their 4 winners at Castlefields as they have struggled away so far. Royal Oak are top but face a tough trip to Windmill who they beat 9-1 last week. Windmill have been good at home so far this season, so it won’t be easy for the league leaders, but they know if their away form matches their home form they will stay top. Great Barr have been good at home so far this season and will be looking to at least reverse their 8-2 scoreline at Moseley CC last week. Moseley are still in the mix after their good start to the season and will want to stay up there. Penn haven’t played a home game for a month after going into the top two and will be looking for a good home win over Three Magpies, where skipper Rob Perry “just wants to play bowls.” Three Magpies got a good three at Ward End Cons last weekend and will want to match that.
Stretton Anglesey and Woodfield will want to gain an advantage ahead of their meeting next week. The league leaders Stretton face a tough trip to Willenhall Nordley who have had a good record at home so far this season. Captain Bill Pitt acknowledges “we are aware of the quality that Stretton have and we hope that we can continue our good home form to overcome a sharp outfit which they have already proved they are. We need to be sharp ourselves and play positive bowls if we are to get the result we want.” Stretton are four clear of Woodfield, and will want to stay there ahead of their meeting next week. But Woodfield are at home to Netherseal, and will look for a big win to reclaim top spot. Netherseal are 18 behind them and know if they are to have any chance of catching them then they will need to get as close to them as possible. Wrockwardine Wood are just behind in 4th place and will look for a good home win over 5th placed Broomfield to become nearest challengers to the top two. Sutton Park will be looking to bounce back after their 9-1 loss at Langley, while Langley will want to build on that result and move up the table. Baldwin are finally finding their feet in the league, and whitewashed Broomfield in their last home game as they entertain bottom placed Short Heath Libs. Captain Jim Kernick says “hopefully we can maintain our previous recent good home form after picking up 3 points in a narrow away loss last week. I have a full squad available for selection. We will by no means be under estimating our opponents who will most likely be visiting our green for the very first time. We must try to use that to our advantage though, and pick up a decent home result.” Short Heath were whitewashed in their last away game and will look to improve on that as they aim to move off bottom spot.