Premier League News from our rivals
Photo by Dave PayneTue 30 Jul 2013
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 30th July
BERWICK star Matthew Wethers carded a paid maximum in the Bandits' home win over Glasgow as the Shielfield Park side overcame an early deficit to take maximum points from the meeting.
Berwick boss Ian Rae said: “Again the lads, after a sluggish start, really started to bang the points in and took Glasgow for everything they could. It was a good determined performance and we took all three Premier League points - not a bad night's work.”
EDINBURGH collected all three points from a 51-39 home win over Berwick on a track made difficult by heavy afternoon rain, with 5-1s from Craig Cook and Claus Vissing in Heats 13 and 15 seeing them through.
Captain Derek Sneddon said: “The track was difficult but the trackstaff did a great job, because at 3pm it was still raining and the track was really wet. They did well to get the meeting on.”
GLASGOW manager Sean Courtney is expecting good things from new signing Dakota North, whose Tigers debut was delayed last weekend by the postponement of their home match with Plymouth.
Courtney said: “I think he's an exceptional talent. He's been doing well for Peterborough. I think the fans will take to him well and to me, he can go as far as he wants in the sport. He's still in the Grand Prix Challenge and it shows just how capable he is.”
IPSWICH star Rohan Tungate bounced back from recent crashes to score a full 15-point maximum at Foxhall as the Witches moved past Edinburgh and into the League Cup Final.
Co-promoter Chris Louis told lovespeedway24.co.uk: “Rohan needed that following big knocks at Peterborough and Poole. Leigh (Lanham) has not had the easiest of seasons but I have a sneaky feeling that everything will come good for him when we need it to.”
LEICESTER co-promoter Alan Jones admits the Lions need points on the road after being limited to two from a 49-44 home win over Sheffield on Sunday.
Jones said: “The chase for a top six finish is getting very tight indeed and we desperately needed all three match points. We now have to win all of our remaining home fixtures by the maximum three match points and the point we dropped has placed more emphasis of securing results on the road.”
NEWCASTLE boss George English regarded the Diamonds' derby draw at Redcar last Thursday as two points gained after an incident-filled night of action.
English said: “After our dodgy start with tape touching and tape offences we really didn't give ourselves a fair crack of the whip, but Ludvig (Lindgren) and Richie (Worrall) hauled us back to a good place and at the end of the night a draw was a far better result than it looked like we'd get initially - but if we'd been fair to ourselves from the off then a decent win could have been ours, too. But two league points are better than none.”
PLYMOUTH promoter Ashley Taylor is convinced the Devils can still make a charge for the play-offs following their impressive win at Workington last Saturday.
Taylor said: “It is still all to play for. We have five home and five away matches remaining. If we take maximum points from our home fixtures that will put us on 32 points. Then it will be all about what the other teams do and what we can pick up from our away fixtures.”
REDCAR were held to a 43-43 draw by close rivals Newcastle in a fiercely-contested derby clash at the South Tees Motorsport Park, despite No.1 Ulrich Ostergaard aggravating a foot injury in a crash.
Manager Jitendra Duffill told gazettelive.co.uk: “What held us up was our No.1 not scoring any points. After heat 10 we were six points down and it was difficult to see where we were going to get heat advantages from but the lads dug deep and many thanks to Carl Wilkinson.”
RYE HOUSE boss John Sampford has confirmed No.1 rider Olly Allen could be back in contention for the Rockets' Northern tour this weekend after missing two months with a broken arm.
Sampford said: “Olly has had his cast removed and will let me know more on Wednesday. I will, though, get guest cover on standby in case he is not yet fit. We are in a very good frame of mind at the moment, definitely on the up.”
SCUNTHORPE came agonisingly close to taking a Premier League point from Somerset on Friday, going down to a 41-49 defeat at the Oak Tree Arena.
Scorpions star Nicolai Klindt said: “I am enjoying riding for Scunthorpe. I'm glad Rob (Godfrey) has given me the opportunity. Once I have another meeting or two at home, I think I'll be really good around there, and we can start winning at home by more than one point. But the six away matches in August are the key – we have to avoid injuries and pick up plenty of points from those. We just need to keep on working and I'm sure we can make the play-offs.”
SOMERSET are building up to a vital series of home matches, kicking off against top-six rivals Redcar on Friday and then Workington on Tuesday.
Rebels boss Garry May said: “Redcar are up there in the upper reaches of the league table on merit and have had a great year, so we'll need to be at our very best if we are to take all three league points from the match, which is very much the order of the day. Then we have Workington, and if that match is anything like the second leg of our Cup tie against the Comets at the beginning of July, then the fans will be in for another great night's entertainment.”
SHEFFIELD have booked Richard Lawson to guest for injured Simon Stead against Newcastle on Thursday, and former Tigers No.1 Ricky Ashworth is also in line to help out his old club in August.
Co-boss David Hoggart said: “Richard has helped us out this season and we are pleased to welcome him back on Thursday. And I think every Sheffield fan will be delighted to see Ricky back in a Tigers race jacket for a couple of meetings as we are well aware of how popular he still is on our terraces.”
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