Premier League News from our rivals
Photo by Dave PayneTue 13 Aug 2013
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 13th August 2013
BERWICK are planning to bring former favourite Sebastian Alden back into their team in time for Saturday's clash with Somerset – with the Swede agreeing to help his old club out following the serious injury to Ricky Ashworth.
Bandits boss Ian Rae said: “This came right out of the blue, but after discussing the matter with Rob Lyon at King's Lynn – who was sympathetic about the situation – and talking it though with everyone, we have elected to bring Seb back in as an injury replacement, if the authorities give us the all-clear.”
EDINBURGH wrapped up victory in the delayed Spring Trophy with a 52-38 win at Glasgow on Sunday to complete a 111-69 aggregate success, with skipper Derek Sneddon contributing paid-13 at reserve.
Sneddon said: “Everyone did well today, it wasn't as easy as the final score suggests and we had to work really hard. Six of us won races, it's a good sign with some hard matches coming up.”
GLASGOW star James Grieves has paid tribute to team-mate Joe Screen as the two riders go into the final weeks of their speedway careers, with both set to retire at the end of the season.
Grieves told The Glaswegian: “It's good to finish at the same time as Joe. We're both there together as Glasgow riders and it will be good at the end. Joe has been great, he's a great rider and a good team man. It's been good riding with him and winning the Pairs with him.”
IPSWICH kept up their impressive run with a 59-31 win over fellow play-off chasing side Redcar at Foxhall, with Ben Barker scoring a 15-point maximum.
Witches boss Pete Simmons said: “At the team talk before the meeting we thought we could win if everyone chipped in and that's exactly what they did. We only ran two last places all night, which certainly makes my life a lot easier. Another three points secured but there is still more work to be done starting with a tough one at home (on Thursday) against Workington.”
LEICESTER co-promoter Alan Jones admitted injuries to skipper Kauko Nieminen during the meeting and reserve Alex Edberg at Rye House the previous evening contributed to a surprise home defeat for the Lions against the Rockets.
Jones told the club's official website: “Each and every one gave it their best shot and we cannot ask for any more. We were forever chasing the points and the team did well under the circumstances. You cannot take anything away from Rye House who are a much under-rated team, and in my mind are in a false league position.”
NEWCASTLE kept on course for a high Premier League finish and a place in the play-offs with a dominant 58-37 win over Redcar, with Richie Worrall carding a paid maximum.
Diamonds boss George English said: “After Redcar went down heavily the night before we had a feeling we were in for a tough match, and despite the final score it was a harder affair than that made it look. But again our lads dug in and made sure we took the points at the end of the night.”
PLYMOUTH skipper Cory Gathercole will miss the remainder of the season due to knee and shoulder injuries suffered in a crash last month.
Gathercole said: “I have torn a few ligaments and there is a small fracture plus a lot of bruising. The injury should heal itself without surgery but it will take some time. I have had to take the decision to pull out of the remainder of the season. I do not like having to let the team down but I would probably let them down even more if I tried to carry on riding.”
REDCAR promoter Brian Havelock was left deflated by two heavy defeats for his side at Ipswich and Newcastle over the weekend, which saw them lose top position in the Premier League table.
Havelock said: “If the team performs like that over the next two weeks we will be going nowhere. Two apart at Ipswich and two apart at Newcastle, the others just wasted travel time and expenses with a total lack of commitment to the Redcar squad. I'm afraid to say they're not putting themselves in the shop window for next year!”
RYE HOUSE'S dramatic upturn in form continued with a dramatic 45-44 win at Leicester on Sunday, with the Rockets set to be further boosted by the impending return of Jason Garrity after injury.
Rye boss John Sampford said: “It was a great performance, and a great victory. Not many visiting teams will win at Leicester this season. Pontus (Aspgren), Josh (Grajczonek) and Tyson (Nelson) were really the architects of the work, and the other points chipped in from elsewhere gave us what we needed to get the win.”
SCUNTHORPE picked up another away point from a narrow defeat at Workington on Sunday, with promoter Rob Godfrey pleased with the efforts of his side who were strengthened by the mid-season signing of Nicolai Klindt.
Godfrey said: “We put on a good show, as we have everywhere since we signed Nicolai. Since then we've taken a league point from all our away meetings except one. We've entertained in all our recent away matches and taken the home team to the limit. Points have depended on Heat 15 each time - it's shown how far we have come from the beginning of the season.”
SHEFFIELD'S Damien Koppe is awaiting an MRI scan to assess the full extent of his knee injury with the club concerned that his season could be over.
Tigers boss David Hoggart said: “Sheffield have been fairly fortunate with injuries down the years but this season has just been crazy and I seem to be spending all my time on the phone booking guest riders. We are really up against it but there is a great determination amongst the riders to do well. I would say Ricky Wells is our only rider without a knock at the moment!”
SOMERSET'S busy home run continues this week with a Wednesday fixture at the Oak Tree Arena against Sheffield – and Rebels boss Garry May is keen that his side do not under-estimate the Tigers.
May said: “Sheffield might be towards to bottom end of the table, but doesn't make them any less dangerous an opposition that the likes of Workington who came here recently as league leaders, at the end of the day they still have to be beaten like everybody else. The aim is the same whoever we face at home.”
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Last Updated : Tue 13 Aug 2013, 22:18 UK