Premier League News from our rivals
Photo by Dave PayneFri 09 Aug 2013
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 6th August 2013
BERWICK manager Ian Rae said the Bandits' win over Edinburgh last Saturday, secured in a last-heat decider with David Bellego giving an outstanding display, was one the riders were desperate to achieve for seriously injured No.1 Ricky Ashworth.
Rae said: “We spoke to the lads after the Scunthorpe match and to a man they wanted to race tonight and dedicate their performances to Ricky and what a performance it was to beat the favourites for the League title by two points in a last-heat decider.”
EDINBURGH boss Alex Harkess admitted the Monarchs' 44-46 narrow defeat at Berwick came as a slight setback, although he still took the positives from a point gained.
Harkess said: “I'm disappointed that having got our noses in front we couldn't finish the job but an away point is always useful.”
GLASGOW suffered at the hands of former favourite Josh Grajczonek who inspired a Rye House victory at Ashfield last Sunday.
The Tigers' next opportunity to end their troubled sequence of results comes with a trip to Sheffield on Thursday.
IPSWICH boss Pete Simmons was pleased with a solid display from his side to get the better of Berwick 56-37 at Foxhall and keep themselves very much in the frame for a play-off place.
Simmons said: “Mission accomplished as we got the three points and it was achieved with every rider in the team performing well. Now to get the same result over Redcar to keep those league points coming in.”
LEICESTER co-promoter Alan Jones admits dropped home points could prove costly and puts more pressure on their forthcoming away trips to Rye House and Redcar.
Jones said: “We are making it really difficult for ourselves to remain in the top six and a play-off position at the end of the season. Whilst all the leading teams have dropped points at home our record is the worst of them all because in five out of the eight wins we have not collected the maximum three match points.”
NEWCASTLE put on a power-packed performance to defeat Sheffield 66-29 at Brough Park with Richie Worrall and Andrew Tully unbeaten – to gain revenge from a 41-49 loss at Owlerton three nights earlier.
Diamonds manager George English said: “This was a highly satisfying victory, especially after the manner in which the match was won by Sheffield down in Yorkshire on Thursday. All the lads pulled their weight and scored brilliantly well.”
PLYMOUTH have a major concern over skipper Cory Gathercole, who picked up a knee injury in the Devils' home match against Rye House just over a month ago.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “We are awaiting the results of a scan to assess the full extent of the injury. We will have to look at the long term situation and consider the options once we have had a discussion with Cory.”
REDCAR promoter Brian Havelock is desperate for the Bears to maintain their momentum from an impressive win at Plymouth when Scunthorpe visit the Eddie Wright Raceway on Thursday.
Havelock said: “We must ensure that we win our home matches in order to maintain an eventual top six finish and therefore a play-off place. Similar to last season when they made an inspired signing and finished strongly to take the title, Scunthorpe have woven their magic again with the acquisition of Nicolai Klindt. It is going to be tough on Thursday but that is great news for the paying public.”
RYE HOUSE raced to a remarkable away win at Glasgow, taking the verdict 47-43 despite tracking a weakened side – with guest No.1 Josh Grajczonek scoring an outstanding maximum.
Promoter Len Silver said: “This was an astonishing victory given the weakness of the side, and one achieved on a very difficult track. Josh was totally brilliant, closely followed by Jason Bunyan with a captain's performance. But all the boys gave their absolute all.”
SCUNTHORPE battled their way to a point from their away match at Leicester on Saturday, with a last-heat 4-2 from Thomas Jorgensen and Nicolai Klindt leaving them beaten by just three on the night.
Scorpions boss Dave Peet said: “We had a few wounded soldiers in the camp, but the boys showed a lot of grit and determination, and we've come out with it with a point. It was particularly satisfying to see the reserves scoring so well – they kept us in it.”
SHEFFIELD suffered a night to forget at Newcastle, going down 29-66 and seeing Facundo Albin, Damien Koppe and Joe Haines all suffering knocks which leave them battling to be fit for this week's matches.
Co-boss David Hoggart said: “Thankfully there are no broken bones for Facu. Damien aggravated his old shoulder injury and Joe was also complaining of pain in the shoulder from a previous knock in training. As everyone can imagine we were all a bit down after the meeting and we await further updates ahead of this week's meetings.”
SOMERSET boosted their top-six hopes with a convincing 58-33 home win over Redcar, with boss Garry May impressed with the debut of new signing Simon Lambert.
May said: “After nerves got the better of him in his opening ride, ‘Lambo' was definitely on the pace and rode better than his final score would suggest. So that's another three league points safely in the locker, but we can't rest on our laurels as we have an important week of matches coming up.”
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Last Updated : Fri 09 Aug 2013, 18:50 UK