KGJ Shropshire Cup 2nd round Preview

The 2nd round of the KGJ Insurance Shropshire Cup takes place tonight with some big teams still in the competition, as well as some teams who are trying to make a name for themselves. Former winners Prince of Wales Hotel have a tough game against Hadley USC in a repeat of last year's quarter final. Captain Ian Smith says "another tough draw for the Prince we had a great game against them last year but I’m sure they will be trying hard to get a win over us this year.” Hadley USC haven't quite fired on all cylinders yet despite leading the Mid Shropshire League. St Georges are chasing them hard and will be on their guard against Tanners Shropshire team Battlefield on Bridgewater. . The Battlefield skipper Andy Jones says “Terry Gray the vice captain and I adopt the same approach to each match whether it is Cup or League. We do not bang the drum to the players about the need to win. We simply ask them to try to enjoy their game and to give 100% effort. Hopefully a good performance will flow from that. We give every team we play plenty of respect and we will certainly do that in the case of St Georges. However we fear no one. We are looking forward to seeing our old friend Glider ( Barry Gilder) who has played for Battlefield from time to time since the Mid Eighties. No doubt some good-natured banter will be going towards Glider and back!

Castlefields are another team who are former winners and will look to avoid and upset against Mid Shropshire team Allscott Heath. Allscott Captain Chris Hayward says "we are very much looking forward to the game at Chester Road. Our players know we have a tough match ahead and their game will be tested against a very good Castlefields side." Castlefields are challenging at the top of the Tanners League again, and will be a hard team to stop. The Tanners leaders Telepost finished runners up to Castlefields in 2016, and will look to go one better when taking on Market Drayton League leaders Bridgewater. Bridgewater skipper Greg Fordham comments "the Waterboys travel to Allscott for a interesting encounter with Telepost who are riding high in their league. We're not playing bad so should be set up for a good game with plenty of atmosphere with both sides looking forward to the challenge ahead."

Burway will look to cause another shock as they take on Tanners Shropshire Division One side Pontesbury on Severnside no.1 now. They beat Meole Brace last round but this would be a bigger shock against a good Pontesbury side. Hadnall are another Tanners side up against higher league opposition in Mid Shropshire Division One team Newport. Captain Graham Snelson says "we are facing higher level opposition. We are hoping confidence from decent league form can help us through what will be a tough match." There is a North Shropshire Derby between Hodnet and Prees on Madeley Cricket Club. Prees captain Tom Cooper knows it is a "tough local clash with Hodnet which could go either way. Shame we both have to travel so far when we could use a North Shropshire green from a division we both don't play in." There is an all Mid Shropshire clash between Bylet and Sir John Bayley which promises to be a close encounter with both teams in good form. The Bayley skipper Craig Baugh is "looking forward to a tight battle on a green leveller at Sinclair. My lads are geared up for it as Bylet will be. We're hoping to continue our good form and in the process halt Bylet's form. Don't really see any team as a clear favourite."

1Battlefield  St GeorgesAtBridgewater Small Green
2Newport  HadnallAtSevernside No.2
3Prince of Wales Hotel  Hadley USCAtHodnet
4Sir John Bayley  ByletAtSinclair
5Allscott  CastlefieldsAtChester Road Ladies
6Telepost  BridgewaterAtAllscott
7Hodnet  PreesAtMadeley Cricket Club
8Burway  PontesburyAtOld Shrewsbury No.2


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