Premier League News from our rivals
Photo by Dave PayneTue 09 Jul 2013
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 9th July 2013
BERWICK secured a 54-36 win over Scunthorpe on an eventful night at Shielfield Park to move back above the Scorpions in the Premier League table.
Bandits boss Ian Rae said: “This was an extraordinary in almost every way but the lads dug deep and rode with determination despite everything falling round their ears. A good effort with a good result.”
EDINBURGH star Craig Cook completed another successful weekend by taking track records at both his home circuit and also Glasgow – where he slashed a full second off the previous Ashfield best in the Monarchs' away win.
Boss Alex Harkess said: “Craig commented before Heat 5 that if he got a clean start he would have a go for the record. It just shows the amazing form he is in. He's happy and so are we.”
GLASGOW boss Sean Courtney was left deflated after the Tigers suffered a 42-48 local derby defeat at the hands of Edinburgh at Ashfield on Sunday.
Courtney said: “It's not good enough. I'm deflated for the supporters who have been great again.
"If we had won, it could have saved us a bit of respect for the season but I'm just disappointed.”
IPSWICH boss Pete Simmons is still optimistic of reaching the League Cup Final after his side worked hard to restrict Edinburgh to a six-point home win in last Friday's home leg, despite No.1 Ben Barker crashing out of the meeting in Heat 13.
Simmons told lovespeedway24.co.uk: “We are not too unhappy to try and make up six points. It's do-able and that's the main thing.”
LEICESTER co-promoter Alan Jones says it is crucial for the Lions that key riders return to fitness as they push for a play-off place, with Lasse Bjerre having missed the heavy defeat at Workington and Magnus Karlsson still struggling with an arm injury.
Jones said: “It is never easy trying to pick up points at Workington, and the rider-replacement facility just did not work at all for us as we only collected four points when you could expect much more from Lasse at Derwent Park. That said, there are still ten matches remaining and if we can get Magnus and Lasse back to fitness there is every reason to believe that we will be one of the six clubs in the play-offs come September.”
NEWCASTLE are celebrating a place in the League Cup Final after overturning a four-point first leg deficit against Sheffield with a convincing 62-34 win at Brough Park on Sunday.
Diamonds boss George English said: “Solid scoring from top to bottom – that's what gave us such a dominant performance. The lads were completely up for a win and a Final place – and a big win at that. All seven Diamonds were at least paid for a win and that strength in depth will bring us success right through to the end of this season I'm sure.”
PLYMOUTH will set a new record for the longest unbroken run of speedway in the city when they take on Ipswich in a re-arranged Premier League match at the St Boniface Arena on Friday.
The Devils are in their eighth year of racing at the venue, and co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “The team did not complete the 1954 season with the final meeting that summer taking place on July 7. So this will become the longest unbroken run of speedway in Plymouth.”
REDCAR hope to welcome Czech Republic international Matej Kus back for their Knockout Cup semi-final clash with Rye House at the South Tees Motorsport Park on Thursday.
Manager Jitendra Duffill said: “The boys know how important this fixture is in terms of seeking silverware this season. We have to build up a reasonable margin of victory to take to the Rockets' tight and technically demanding track later in July. We are optimistic that Matej will be back in the ranks after his absence through injury in the past month. He will undergo a late fitness test in Prague.”
RYE HOUSE face a crucial run of three matches in three days this week, starting with their trip to Redcar in the first leg of their KO Cup semi-final on Thursday, followed by league matches at Scunthorpe and at home to Edinburgh.
Rockets boss John Sampford said: “This really is a season defining week for us. You couldn't ask for three tougher matches in three days, but everyone knows what is required of them; we've got to get ourselves focused so that we can do the business.”
SCUNTHORPE boss Dave Peet says his side were out of luck at Berwick on Saturday when they were beaten in a meeting featuring multiple incidents and re-starts.
Peet said: “The lads suffered a number of falls. The injury concern we have is Michael Palm Toft. He came off at Scunthorpe on Friday, and again fell tonight, after a coming together with Ash (Birks) in Heat 10. Michael had a check-over with the doctor, and we think he may have broken a couple of ribs in the fall at Scunthorpe; he was a bit short of breath.”
SHEFFIELD co-boss David Hoggard says the club are still keen to get something out of their season despite their exit from the League Cup at the hands of Newcastle in last weekend's semi-final.
Hoggart said: “There's no doubt things have gone against us this season but there's no point anybody connected with this club standing around feeling sorry for themselves. We have to approach the rest of the season determined to do as well as we possibly can and we want to provide entertainment.”
SOMERSET are chasing a Premier League Fours and Pairs double when they compete in the Fours at Peterborough on Sunday, having already secured the Pairs on home territory earlier in the season.
Rebels boss Garry May said: “It might seem an obvious thing to say, but the key in a competition such as this is to not running any last places, by ensuring that you don't do that then you are at least keeping your score-chart ticking over with points.”
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Last Updated : Tue 09 Jul 2013, 20:15 UK