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Wed 03 Jul 2013 by Comets Press Office
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 2nd July 2013
BERWICK were left without Swedish rider Robin Aspegren at short notice for their trip to Plymouth last Friday where they were beaten 50-40.
Bandits boss Ian Rae said: “We had to use rider replacement for Robin, which was unexpected, as he'd booked in at the airport in Sweden three hours before his flying time and was ready to fly when he fell violently ill and was told not to fly - not that he would have wanted to anyway, as when we spoke to him 20 minutes before his flight was due to take off he sounded seriously ill and in no way fit to fly let alone race, so hopefully he'll be back in action for out next meeting.”

EDINBURGH boss Alex Harkess was relieved to take maximum points from the Monarchs' clash with Leciester, admitting the 15-point margin did not tell the full story of the meeting.
Harkess told The Scotsman: “We struggled, and we struggled for long periods. And to win by the margin we did, I simply did not see that coming. We were helped by (Kevin) Doolan's engine failure in Heat 14, but we were going to get a 3-3 anyway which was enough for us to win the meeting. But I can't deny we struggled.”

GLASGOW star Henning Bager admitted the correct decision had been taken to abandon the Tigers' home clash with Ipswich after four races due to rain.
Bager said: “You want it to be on and you want to get the meeting done but it just kept drizzling and drizzling and it wasn't going to dry up. You can cruise around four laps easily but as soon as the tapes are up everybody wants to win, and that is when people start doing silly things.”

IPSWICH boss Pete Simmons hailed the Witches' best result of the season with a 47-43 triumph at Workington on Saturday to end the Comets' 100 per cent home record.
Simmons said: “If that doesn't make the rest of the Premier League sit up and take notice I don't know what will. We have showed what we can do, home and away, these last few meetings.”

LEICESTER co-promoter Alan Jones said the Lions had put in a creditable display at Edinburgh last Friday, missing out on a point after conceding 5-1s in each of the last three races to go down 52-37.
Jones said: “It was a far better performance than when we were last there in April for the cup fixture and particularly pleasing to see Robert Branford score so well in what was his best display since joining the club in April.”

NEWCASTLE boss George English was pleased to see new signing Chris Schramm make a solid home debut in the Diamonds' comfortable 60-30 home win over Rye House.
English said: “It was good to watch Chris steadily get to grips with his new home and he finished his account with a good paid win in Heat 11 behind Richie (Worrall) over good quality opposition, which indicates he has what it takes to score well in our reserve berth.”

PLYMOUTH are seeking revenge over Rye House when they host the Rockets at the St Boniface Arena in the Premier League on Friday.
Devils co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “We owe them one because they beat us down here in the League Cup at the start of the season but we have strengthened our side since then. We will be looking to cement our recent progress with the next three meetings all being at home.”

REDCAR boss Jitendra Duffill is aware of the threat a rapidly-improving Ipswich team will pose at the South Tees Motorsports Park on Thursday, with the Witches having won at Workington last week.
Duffill said: “They are packed with really capable riders so we are guaranteed another exciting match at the Motorpark. We all know about the spectacular Ben Barker and containing him is a must but the heats involving Adam Ellis and our strong reserves Carl Wilkinson and Max Dilger will be fascinating as it will show the speedway world just how well the young Brit is progressing.”

RYE HOUSE boss John Sampford admitted his side did not have the firepower to cope with Newcastle as the Rockets went down to a 60-30 defeat at Brough Park on Sunday.
Sampford said: “We are obviously disappointed with the final margin of the defeat, but it was not really unexpected. The Diamonds are a real powerhouse side – apart from a puncture, engine failure and fall, their top five was only beaten twice, which says a lot – and I'm sure we won't be the only team to suffer a defeat like this at Brough Park.”

SCUNTHORPE star Ashley Birks has taken over as club skipper with team-mate David Howe electing to concentrate on his own form and fitness.
Birks said: “The team has bonded. It's similar to last year, in that the average age of the team is young, and we're all so disappointed when we don't do well, so we push on hard because we want to win. We're working together and I think this could be the start of a really good second half of the season for us.”

SHEFFIELD newcomer Adam Roynon has expressed sympathy for club captain Simon Stead who is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a badly broken leg.
Roynon said: “I know better than most how hard it is to get a big injury when you're going well, it's the most frustrating thing in the world. I was looking forward to riding with Steady but it'll have to wait I guess, the main thing is that Simon gets himself back fit.”

SOMERSET boss Garry May is hoping for a trouble-free night in Friday's re-arranged KO Cup tie with Workington after a succession of incidents and accidents last weekend.
May said: “In the matches against Newcastle on Friday and then again at Rye House on Saturday, when we were left with just four riders for virtually the whole match, the boys' attitude and team spirit was just phenomenal in not wanting these setbacks to get the better of them. Although we may ‘only' have six points to make up on Workington, they are a strong side and we would have needed to be on top form with seven fit riders to book our place in those semi-finals, but these injuries have made our task all the harder.”
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