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Hanwood set for a quick rematch

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Mark Shore insists neither side has an advantage as Hanwood and Bowring prepare to do battle for the second time in three nights tomorrow.

Hanwood set for a quick rematch

The sides met in a County Cup clash last night and Shore will take his third-placed side to Bowring in the Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier League tomorrow.

But the Hanwood skipper said: “The games are slightly different, we had a couple missing last night and it will be different teams playing on Friday.

“So I don’t think playing again so soon favours either side really. Plus the County Cup game was at a neutral venue so there was no advantage there.”

With table-toppers Newport going to second-placed Wrockwardine Wood, there is the opportunity for Hanwood to make up ground. But Shore insists his only focus is on his side’s performance.

“It’s bunched up nicely apart from Newport (who are 13 points clear) so it’s building up for an interesting middle part of the season,” he added.

“They may take points off each other but it will be that way throughout the season, so we just have to look after ourselves and make sure we perform in what will be a very difficult game.

“We had a good win last week and coming back the week before to get a draw at Wrockwardine Wood seemed to really boost confidence throughout the team.”

Hanmer slipped to the foot of the table with defeat at Ifton last week and the fixture computer has not been kind wit three of their next four also on the road, including a trip to Wem USC tomorrow night.

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Bylet had a good win last week and skipper Scott Harries will look for his side to build on that when they go to St Georges.

“I was very happy with the team’s performance, we’d just been just dipping out the last few weeks so I felt we got our just deserts as a result like that had been coming the way we’ve been playing,” he said.

Elsewhere, Sir John Bayley go to Burway while defending champions Castlefields, who slipped to fifth after losing at Newport, entertain Ifton.

Chester Road host Meole Brace in the night’s other fixture.

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