The top three all face tough away trips in Gameweek 13 of the Summit Garage Staffordshire Premier Bowls League. The leaders the Greville Arms travel to M&B Cheslyn Hay who themselves are fighting for survival in a tough battle at the bottom. The Greville drew at Tanworth In Arden last week but won’t know as much about the green at M&B as they do at Tanworth, while M&B won 7-3 at home to St Georges last Tuesday to climb out of the bottom two. The George are second and go to Dudley Dell, who are still playing well after their terrible start. Dell captain Nick Wyer comments on “Monday we expect a tough game against an excellent team who know our green really well. They are full of quality 1-8 but I fully expect our lads to play how we can and get the job done on the night. We have started to perform well at home in recent weeks and hope that continues Monday night but will be taking nothing for granted.” The George will be looking for a good result to close in on the leaders, which is the same as Willenhall Nordley will do as they travel to bottom side King George V. However King George have picked up recently culminating in a win at West Brom FSC last week, and will be looking to keep that momentum now they have caught up to the pack above them. West Brom will be looking to bounce back from that loss as they host Moor Lane, who have struggled away after getting three in their first three away games, but need the points in a bid to survive.
Chadsmoor will look for two home games to get themselves off bottom spot as they look to avoid being relegated for the second successive season. They host Ward End Cons and then fellow troubled side Baddesley as they look to bridge the six point gap to Castlefields who are third from bottom. Captain Kevin Keary knows that “we need two big home wins to move up the table.” Ward End Cons will be hoping to get a decent haul themselves to avoid being dragged into trouble after their home loss, the only one in the league. Castlefields have a tough job themselves at Three Magpies, who are now in 3rd place and will be looking to try and catch the top two after their good recent form. The Fields know they will need to up their game if they are to keep in touch with the teams above them. Baddesley make two long trips to Windmill and Chadsmoor knowing they need some good winners in both not to be cut adrift at the bottom. Windmill have dropped down to 5th themselves and will want another good home win like they’ve been doing all season. Royal Oak are top and will look to keep themselves there, especially with a game in hand. Captain Mark Rose says though there is “no planning, just to continue what we had done all season. Dane Hopwood has done a fantastic job with the green and we have a great team spirit win or lose. We just need to keep striving to do our best, every shot really does make a difference!” They host Moseley CC, who themselves aren’t far off a top two place at the moment. Great Barr now find themselves in second after their shock double over Ward End Cons, and travel to Penn who are in 6th place but with a home game in hand, so themselves are still in contention. Great Barr won’t want to waste their last two good results, so will look for a good points haul there to keep themselves in 2nd place.
Stretton Anglesey and Woodfield will be looking to keep themselves clear of 3rd place as they look to take promotion as soon as possible. Stretton travel to Langley in a potentially dangerous game, Langley have won their last two home games 9-1. Skipper Sarah Beaman know “it’s going to be a tough game against Stretton as they are top of the league, but hopefully with very few of their team seeing our green before, will give us a good advantage at home. Although we aren’t doing as well in the league as we would like, we are putting in good home performance. Let’s hope it continues!” Woodfield host Broomfield, and will look to close the game after their two losses against Stretton. Broomfield have struggled since their opening away win on Langley, they’ve picked up just four points from their next five aways. Wrockwardine Wood are 17 behind Woodfield and know it will have to be a momentous effort to catch them from their next 6 games. They travel to Sutton Park who have been good at home so far this season. Netherseal and Willenhall Nordley are in with an outside chance of catching the top two, but know they need big wins against Baldwin and Short Heath Libs. But both away teams have picked up recently, however Baldwin’s green experience of Netherseal is at the different end of the scale compared to Short Heath, who have great knowledge of the Nordley green.