King George V are hoping that familiarity does not help The George in Gameweek 5 of the Staffordshire Premier Bowls League. Captain Jason Galvin knows “it’s going to be a tough game as the George have got a good side and they have got 3 players who used to play for us. But we have got a good eight out so will give it our best shot. It’s a tough league so it’s gonna be a real struggle this year for us.” The George will be hoping to start producing away as their home form as been good so far. St Georges face a tough test at home to the Greville Arms. Skipper Peter Grimston admits “it’s going to be hard as I think they won at ours last year but we are at home so hoping to get a good result, but know it will be tough.” St Georges have enjoyed a good start to the season after their difficulties last year, so the Greville will have their work cut out. Dudley Dell finally kick started their season last week and will be looking for their first home win against M&B Cheslyn Hay. But M&B got a good 3 at Tanworth In Arden last week and will have knowledge of the Dell green. Willenhall Nordley will want to bounce back from that shock home defeat and have the perfect chance at home to Moor Lane. But Moor Lane have had a good start to their season back in the top division so will hope to pile more pain on the Nordley lads. West Brom FSC didn’t miss Greg Smith last week and will hope to continue their good start at home to Tanworth In Arden. Tanworth know with their tough home green that if they can string some away results then they can achieve their aim of challenging for the league this season, and scored a good 3 last time out at M&B.
It’s all been home wins so far in the league so it could be a case of who blinks first to gain that advantage at the top of the table. Bottom hosts top as Penn play Moseley, although Penn do have a home game in hand. Penn skipper Rob Perry is looking to “go out and look to everyone to do an individual job for the team” as they host table topping Moseley CC. Moseley started off the season with a good 4 at Baddesley and would dearly love the same. Three Magpies and Windmill are just behind Moseley CC and Three Magpies captain Mitch Harvey knows “with the league so tight at the top we will be looking for a big home win on Monday to keep the good start to the season going.” Windmill did get a good 3 at Castlefields in their first away game, and would love to match that again. Castlefields’ away form hasn’t been so good this season but captain Mark Taylor is hoping that some of their players will have green knowledge. “We’ll be looking for a positive return from another tough away fixture. We’ll be hoping for 4 winners but know that isn’t an easy task. We have a strong team out tomorrow and will be grateful of the added green knowledge provided bu our Birmingham links. We need to strive for improved performances, especially on the road to start pushing up the table.” They travel to Ward End Cons who have started strongly at home. Chadsmoor host a Great Barr side who have done well at home but struggled away, as they look to keep up their decent home form with two 7-3s in their opening matches. Royal Oak host Baddesley hoping for another big home win as Baddesley have struggled the most away so far, getting just 2 winners combined from their opening 2 away games.
Wrockwardine Wood are hoping that the long distance doesn’t affect them as they travel to Netherseal. Skipper Martin Gaut admits “it’s too far away and we should be in East and West leagues,” so Netherseal will hope to exploit any travel sickness on Wrockwardine’s part. Woodfield are unbeaten and will look for a good home win over Short Heath Libs, but Short Heath will have some good green knowledge on their side. Stretton Anglesey and Broomfield are locked on 25 points, 8 behind Woodfield, and will want to get the upper hand on challenging the table toppers. Stretton got 3 at Sutton Park on their last visit to Warwick & Worcester so will want to up their game, but Broomfield have enjoyed a good start to the season. Baldwin got their first win of the season last week and will be hopeful at getting their second at a winless Langley side who have struggled so far this season and will know they need to get their season started if they are to finish in the top half. Willenhall Nordley B had enjoyed a good start to the season before getting just 2 at Baldwin, and will need to be on their game as they travel to Sutton Park, who have had two good home wins so far this season.