The top two face tough away games in Gameweek 14 of the Summit Garage Staffordshire Premier Bowls League. The league leaders the George travel to a Willenhall Nordley side who have been in good form recently. Skipper Scott Simpson says “tonight will be a tough game and they will look to get a good result. We will have to play well to win but we have the side to do so. Should be a real good game.” The Greville Arms have been in fine form recently, but go to Moor Lane who have also been in good form to move into third, despite being whitewashed last week. There is the second installment in the Shropshire derby as St Georges host Castlefields, with both teams looking for the win. St Georges stand in joint skipper Nige Evans says it is a “big game tomorrow against a good side but as a team we need a a solid home win like our last game at home.” M&B Cheslyn Hay host Dudley Dell with both teams safely in mid table, while the bottom two meet with West Brom FSC hosting Moseley CC. Both teams know they require an extraordinary end to the season to have a chance of survival.
Penn know they need a big home win over Netherseal to have any chance of survival. Penn spokesman Rob Burroughs says “in we are in last chance saloon now. We have had a lot of close games go against us and we must turn this into wins to have any chance of survival. We have six cup finals left and need three big wins at home to give ourselves a fighting chance. But that’s not easy in this quality division.” Netherseal still aren’t safe themselves but know a good away performance will ease their worries. Second bottom Great Barr also know they need a big home win over Windmill, with the visitors eyeing up a potential promotion if they can get that elusive away win. At the top and King George V know that as long as they don’t suffer any heavy defeats they will win the title, while their hosts Royal Oak still aren’t safe yet. Ward End Cons are in second and will be looking to reverse an 8-2 defeat at Tanworth in Arden last week. Captain James Cosgrave Jnr says it is a “big game at home against a good Tanworth in Arden side. Going to try and get as many points as possible, which hopefully keeps us in the hunt of going up.” Stretton Anglesey are still in with a chance as well as their visitors Woodfield.
Two of the top three meet as Baddesley host Short Heath Libs. Baddesley know three home wins will mean promotion, while Short Heath realistically have to win to have any chance of going up, given they have played two more games. Willenhall Nordley are sandwiched between them and travel to Sutton Park who have a good record at home despite the one home loss. Wrockwardine Wood host Heath Hayes with the hosts looking for a finish in the prize money and the visitors looking to get off bottom spot. Wrockites captain Martin Gaut says “we good a steady three points at their place and if we can back that up with an 8-2 at home that’ll be good for our average points. Important thing now is making sure that we don’t falter at home for the rest of the season.” Baldwin could still be in the promotion picture but really could do with a win at Broomfield who have struggled for form recently. “The next 3 weeks are going to be important as we have 3 home games on the bounce. It is important we pick up points as we missed out on any last week against Baldwin.”