Moor Lane and Tanworth In Arden are looking to take advantage of home games in Gameweek 14 of the Summit Garage Staffordshire Premier Bowls League to get out of the bottom two. Moor Lane host West Brom FSC and captain Bob Hickman knows the importance of the match given where they are. “Having dropped into the bottom two for the first time this season every point is going to be very important at the end of the season. But will be tough tomorrow against a good supporters team, but will give it our best shot.” West Brom bounced back last week at home, and an away win could still give them a chance of the title. Tanworth are now bottom after being away from trouble most of the season. Skipper Stuart Bishop knows “as it’s getting tight at the bottom of the league we will be looking for a full house. It will be tough as St Georges have some very good players and the weather has gone against us over the weekend.” St Georges will look to build on that win and put behind them any relegation worries. King George V will want to stay out of trouble but face a tough trip to Willenhall Nordley, who are looking at the title. But given that the top two are at home also, it may be difficult for there to be much change up there. The leaders the Greville Arms host M&B Cheslyn Hay while the George play Dudley Dell. M&B will be wanting as many points as possible in trying to avoid being put back in the bottom two, while the Dell will want a strong finish to win some money, which would be a great achievement given their poor start.
With the top 5 separated by just 5 points every point is going to be important and any slip could stop a team being promoted. Leaders Great Barr host Penn, who despite being 6th, have a game in hand and could still yet get promoted. But they know they need a good away result to keep in touch with the top team at the moment, while Great Barr will want to capitalise on that away win last week and stay top. Moseley CC won at Royal Oak last week to draw level with the previous leaders and know they cannot slip up after getting that vital win. But Royal Oak will want to make up for that loss. Three Magpies are just behind in 4th, and may fancy an away win at Castlefields who have struggled at home so far this season, although remain unbeaten. The Fields though know that they need the points to stay out of the bottom two. Skipper Mark Taylor comments “we’ll be looking for a strong home performance to put a good win on the board. The team battled well at the Maggies last week, and despite 4 valuable away points it was hard not to be disappointed with not being able to turn that into an away win.” Windmill are in 5th and will think they could get a win at Baddesley who have been struggling for form so far this season. But Baddesley know that they need to start picking up good home wins to have a chance of getting out of the bottom two. Chadsmoor are just above them and visit Ward End Cons, who are 8 points above them and will want a good home win to avoid being dragged into it, especially given teams below have a game or two in hand.
Stretton Anglesey and Woodfield will both fancy their chances of being top on their own after tonight’s game as they host Langley and travel to Broomfield respectively. Langley have struggled away since their win at Broomfield on the opening night, while Broomfield are now bottom after a run of poor results, but did beat Netherseal last home game. Wrockwardine Wood and Netherseal know they need a run of wins to be able to have any chance of catching the top two. Wrockwardine host Sutton Park, who are another to do well at home and struggle away. Captain Chris Sadler says “Sutton are looking forward to the challenge tomorrow night at Wrockwardine. We kept our unbeaten home record going last week so hopefully we can have a few winners and pick up a couple of points to boost us up the table.” Netherseal travel to Baldwin, a green they will be unfamiliar with, and know that Baldwin have picked up at home recently. Willenhall Nordley were shocked at home by bottom side Short Heath Libs last week, and will want to make up for that. Captain Bill Pitt says “we need to bounce back from last week’s poor home performance with hopefully a decent away performance against a good Short Heath side who have recently stringed together some good wins. We would like to return the result from last week although Short Heath did play our green exceptionally well and we need to up our game to reverse this.” Short Heath could make a late dash to the money places if they keep their good form up, so will want a good win themselves.