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Photo by Dave PayneTue 27 Aug 2013
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 27th August 2013
BERWICK boss Ian Rae said a string of early errors were contributory factors to the Bandits' 20-point defeat at Rye House on Bank Holiday Monday, to follow on from losing at Leicester the previous evening.
Rae said: “We could have run Rye House much closer but we lost too many unnecessary and unlucky points too early on and really disadvantaged ourselves and had it not been for that then who knows what score we might have been capable off. The skills were there but the morale took an early hammering and it didn't help.”
EDINBURGH No.1 Craig Cook led his side to a convincing win over Rye House with a paid maximum, and stressed the importance of finishing top of the table ahead of the Premier League play-offs.
Cook told The Scotsman: “I never doubted we would guarantee our spot in the top six but we now must look to finish in top position so we can choose who we want to face in the group knockout stage, that can give you a big advantage.”
GLASGOW skipper Joe Screen has brought down the curtain on a hugely successful racing career, bringing his retirement decision forward after a crash at Redcar last week.
Screen said: “That crash was pretty scary, I was lucky to walk away with just injuring my hand. What happened last week, it was quite a shock. I've not dropped like that for a while which brought it home a little bit. I'm just going to get my hand right and take it from there.”
IPSWICH kept up their highly impressive run with a rampant 56-36 win at bottom club Glasgow to emphasise their position as serious Premier League title contenders.
Manager Pete Simmons said: “It was a very long day but everyone was up for it and it showed with a great effort in all departments. We just need the same attitude at Sheffield on Thursday night and we will certainly be pushing to get one of those important top positions in the final League table.”
LEICESTER co-promoter Alan Jones insists the Lions can still make the Premier League play-offs despite suffering an array of problems in their 38-51 defeat at Scunthorpe on Bank Holiday Monday.
Jones told the Leicester Mercury: “The team put up a commendable performance in the face of some bad luck. (Lasse) Bjerre rode courageously after being knocked about and that affected his performance. Magnus Karlsson was head and shoulders above everyone else and did not deserve to be on the losing side. The result is not the end of our chances, as there are still seven match points to be gained.”
NEWCASTLE remain well-placed in the Premier League table with home matches in hand after getting the better of top-six rivals Workington on Sunday, avenging a defeat the previous evening at Derwent Park.
Manager George English said: “We knew this match was going to be a tough one and so it proved with Rene Bach and co. really knowing the quickest way round Brough and we had to fight hard. Most pleasing was to see how Andrew Tully and Ludvig Lindgren upped their game from the night before, and with Anton Rosen taking his first home win it was a very positive night indeed.”
PLYMOUTH'S recent signing Hynek Stichauer has quit British Speedway leaving the Devils to operate the rider-replacement facility for their final matches of the season.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “Hynek has been suffering from a lack of confidence and has returned home to the Czech Republic. He knows that he has not been doing what was expected of him and will be taking a break from Premier League racing.”
REDCAR were handed a play-off lifeline with a convincing home win over Glasgow, with rivals Leicester then being unable to gain ground over the Bank Holiday weekend – scoring three points at home to Berwick but then missing out at Scunthorpe on Monday.
Redcar boss Jitendra Duffill told gazettelive.co.uk: “We knew we needed three points and other results to go our way too. But although the final play-off place is probably still Leicester's to throw away, they have a tough run-in with Edinburgh at home and Newcastle away.”
RYE HOUSE continue to be without Jason Garrity, who broke his leg in mid-May and whose comeback has been delayed in recent weeks with a run-out last Thursday proving problematic.
Rockets boss John Sampford said: “Jason had a practice at Sheffield and felt OK afterwards, only to wake up (on Friday) morning with more pain than before.”
SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey has confirmed the closing weeks of the season have given him a major boost, and that the Scorpions will return in 2014.
Godfrey said: “Richard (Hollingsworth) stepping down as team manager early in the season was a big blow. Although, in the end, team managing for the away meetings did me the world of good, because it got me closer to the riders; we have a good laugh during our away meetings. I can confirm that I do intend to run Scunthorpe Speedway next year.”
SHEFFIELD manager David Hoggart had no complaints over the effort from his injury-hit side as they missed out narrowly to local rivals Scunthorpe at Owlerton last Thursday.
Hoggart said: “We gave it everything but obviously we're disappointed not to get anything considering all the effort we put in. We hate losing but it's not through a lack of effort, the boys tried their hardest all night but it just didn't happen again.”
SOMERSET boss Garry May expects the Rebels' KO Cup semi-final against Edinburgh, which concludes at Armadale on Friday, to be too close to call.
May said: “Our two Premier League matches against Edinburgh this year have shown that this semi-final looks like it could be a very close affair, and although we lost both of those league matches, albeit narrowly, the slate will be wiped clean.”
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Last Updated : Tue 27 Aug 2013, 21:40 UK