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Gameweek 17 Preview

Premier Division

The top two are away in Gameweek 17 as they look to gain an advantage of going into the final week. The leaders Greville Arms travel to Willenhall Nordley, who in 3rd place could still win the league with two wins, while The George go to West Brom FSC, without Greg Smith due to league rules. Captain Elliot McGuinness says “realistically this is a must win game for us if we want to win the league. We’ve not really been able to capitalise on a couple of slip ups from the Greville over the past few weeks but need to put the pressure on with an away win tomorrow.” At the bottom and Tanworth In Arden need a big home win over Dudley Dell to have any chance of staying up. The Dell could still finish top 4 with a couple of good results. King George V are second bottom, and play a team just a place and three points ahead of them in M&B Cheslyn Hay in a relegation 22 pointer! Moor Lane will hope to capitalise on that but travel to St Georges looking for 4th spot. Skipper Bob Hickman comments “with the league as it is every point is vital. Going to St Georges will be a tough ask as we don’t have a great knowledge of the green but we will give it our best shot.”

Division 1

Leaders Moseley CC know that two solid results will see them promoted. Captain Nick Peters says “as a captain I’m chuffed to see my team at the top of the league with only 2 games to go. However as we know in the league everything can all change in just one fixture. Obviously we’re going to the Three Magpies with our spirits high after some very good performances recently. We would love to win over there but whilst we are very much locals we have always struggled to win. We just need to get as many 21s as we can to keep the pressure on the teams below us.” Three Magpies are in 3rd place, just one point behind Royal Oak, who host Chadsmoor. Royal Oak come off two good away results, and will fancy their chances against a team with limited green knowledge. Chadsmoor need the points to avoid relegation at the bottom. Penn are in with a chance too, but so are Castlefields if they get three good results from their remaining games. Great Barr will look to bounce back after just three points from their last two games, but can still go up with two positive results against Baddesley, who are virtually down. Captain Bob Jones says “we know what we have to do if we want promotion. The main target is 4 points for an away win with as many winners as possible. We have not quite got our strongest 8 out due to work and holidays but we will give it our best shot.” Windmill could also go up with two good results against Ward End Cons, but the visitors still need the points to guarantee survival.

Division 2

Stretton Anglesey need 7 points to gain the title if Woodfield whitewash Wrockwardine Wood. Wrockwardine though are in joint 3rd and will want to stay there for a successful season. Stretton travel to Baldwin, who have got better as the season went on and are just 3 points off 3rd place. Captain Jim Kernick says “we’re hoping to end our home campaign with a win in order to finish as high up the table as possible, but I’m sure that league leaders Stretton will have other ideas. We have been very strong at home so far, bar the first fixture when Woodfield caught us cold. All in all I believe we’ve done relatively well in our first season in the Summit League and we’ve definitely enjoyed the experience. Irrespective of our final two results we will try and build on it and challenge further next year.” Netherseal are also level with Wrockwardine in 3rd, and travel to Sutton Park, who could still finish in the prize money places. Willenhall Nordley are in 6th and will fancy a win on Broomfield, who have struggled in the second half of the season. Langley are bottom and will want to come off there but entertain a Short Heath side who have been excellent recently, and could finish in the top half still.

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