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Tue 20 Aug 2013 by BSPA Press Office
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 20th August 2013
BERWICK boss Ian Rae admitted his side were left in a tough situation by losing Kozza Smith and Nicki Barrett to injury in the weekend clash with Somerset, with the Rebels taking full advantage over the closing stages.
Rae said: “Somerset are a hard enough side when you have a full side firing well, but even before we lost both Kozza and Nicki they were starting to erode our lead and once we were down to five men there really wasn't much doubt that we'd have problems - which we did and, well done to Somerset for taking the win.”

EDINBURGH were indebted to guest reserve Josh Bates in their 49-41 win over title rivals Somerset at Armadale, as the Mildenhall regular won two races late in the meeting including getting the better of Rebels No.1 Jason Doyle.
Monarchs boss Alex Harkess said: “It was a great meeting between two very good sides and what a bonus it was for us to get two race wins from our young reserve.”

GLASGOW boss Sean Courtney was left cursing the Tigers' misfortune has his side missed out on a long-awaited victory in a last-heat decider against Somerset on Sunday.
Courtney told The Glaswegian: “We are all working hard and the fans are turning out in numbers, and we deserve some luck but we are just not getting that. We feel like we are getting our heart ripped out all the time. We had a lot of bad luck, bad decisions against us that cost us the match.”

IPSWICH have switched their riding order for the visit of Plymouth to Foxhall on Thursday, with Morten Risager and captain Leigh Lanham exchanging places in the team.
Witches boss Pete Simmons said: “Plymouth have made plenty of changes during the season due to long term injuries and also lack of form. They are sure to put up a better show than when they were last here. It's in no way a meeting we can take for granted but a good result on Thursday will set us up nicely for the busy weekend ahead.”

LEICESTER will continue to operate rider-replacement for injured skipper Kauko Nieminen for a vital Bank Holiday fixture programme, whilst Alex Edberg will definitely miss the home match against Berwick on Sunday.
Lions co-promoter Alan Jones said: “After the win at Redcar last week we are back in the frame for a top six finish and it is very much in our own hands now whether we succeed or not. There are two teams in the top six who are within our reach and we have to believe that we can overhaul one of them in the final reckoning.
“But to do that we have to gain all three match points against Berwick on Sunday and go to Scunthorpe the next day and pick up at the very least a draw which will give us another two match points. It is going to be tight but if we duplicate the same ‘can do' attitude as we did to surprise the Redcar team then anything is possible.”

NEWCASTLE'S new signing Anton Rosen is set for a busy debut weekend with the Diamonds as the club face the trip to Workington on Saturday before hosting the Comets the following evening.
Newcastle boss George English said: “Anton comes to us with the assistance of Ludvig (Lindgren), who will no doubt be instrumental in helping his fellow countryman settle down. We are back in the groove of Premier League encounters this coming weekend and what an action-packed two days we have to look forward to.”

PLYMOUTH newcomer Kalle Katajisto has been ruled out for the rest of the season after crashing on his debut at Scunthorpe, with the Devils moving to bring in ex-Scorpions rider Michael Palm Toft as his replacement.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “Kalle was detained in the Hull Royal Infirmary over the weekend and has fractures to his jaw bone, which will require an operation. It was unfortunate for Kalle, who must have had one of the shortest of debut meetings.”

REDCAR boss Brian Havelock says visiting Glasgow duo Joe Screen and James Grieves, who both retire at the end of the season, should be given a warm welcome ahead of Thursday's meeting at the South Tees Motorsports Park.
Havelock said: “I am sure that both Joe and James will get a rousing reception when they are introduced on the pre-match parade and we all wish them well in their impending retirement. However, sentiment must not get in the way of our task to turn a recent bad run of results around and get maximum points to allow us to stay in contention for a play-off place. It is getting too tight for comfort.”

RYE HOUSE boss John Sampford accepted the final result had been fair as the Rockets and Ipswich fought out a 45-45 draw at Hoddesdon in difficult conditions due to rain.
Sampford said: “A draw was the fair result. Because of the wet weather, the track had to be prepared slick in order to get through the meeting, but that also made gating paramount. Although it was a team effort, particular credit has to go to Ben (Morley), who is less experienced at this level than the other riders, but really used his head to ride sensibly in the conditions. Apart from one race where he fell, he scored good points consistently throughout the night.”

SCUNTHORPE'S former captain Wayne Carter, now 42, will lead a Halifax Dukes side into action at the Eddie Wright Raceway on Monday in the second half of a double-header following the Scorpions v Leicester Premier League encounter.
Meeting organiser Richard Hollingsworth said: “It'll be great to see Wayne back in a competitive meeting. He comes from Halifax, so he was the natural choice to lead out the Dukes next Monday. He also has major connections with Scunthorpe and sometimes I think that maybe not enough is said of the great work he does at this club.”

SHEFFIELD will again track Richard Lawson as a guest for the injured Simon Stead when they face Sheffield on Thursday, with Jason Bunyan and Oliver Greenwood also stepping in for the Tigers.
Co-promoter Neil Machin said: “We have burnt the midnight oil patching up our team and we really hope we can push Scunthorpe hard. As always we thank the guys who are stepping in for us and we will continue to scour the sport to see what we can do in terms of rebuilding the team, but so far a combination of factors have made it impossible.”

SOMERSET are riding high after a successful Northern tour brought wins at both Berwick and Glasgow and the strong possibility of a high finish in the Premier League table ahead of the play-offs.
Rebels boss Garry May said: “Our boys are riding well at the moment and we are determined not to let the good work of last weekend go to waste as we look for a top two place in the Premier League to take us into the play-offs. It would be great to see the Oaktree Arena packed with Rebels fans to cheer the team on against Ipswich on Friday in what has all the makings of being another classic encounter.”
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