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Photo by Dave PayneTue 03 Jun 2014
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 3rd June 2014
BERWICK co-owner John Anderson paid tribute to both his team and stand-in manager Dennis McCleary as the Bandits kept their form going with an impressive 52-43 win at Plymouth.
Anderson said: “We're on a real roll at the moment and all the lads put in vital points in this win. Dennis has done almost everything in speedway, refereeing, announcing, time keeping, secretarial and programme editing amongst many other things and at Plymouth he made his team managerial debut – and what a way to do it. He had the team spirit running high from the off and called a team meeting mid-match just when it was needed and got the perfect response.”
EDINBURGH are unbeaten in 16 matches this season after two more dramatic away matches resulted in a 45-45 draw at Ipswich followed by the narrowest possible win, 45-44 at Newcastle with Craig Cook holding his nerve in a last-heat decider.
Manager John Campbell said: “Another fantastic effort by the Record Breaking Scotwaste Monarchs to extend their unbeaten record after staring defeat in the face at Newcastle.”
GLASGOW have brought 2011 title-winning Tigers team member Christian Henry back to the club as a replacement for Mark Lemon.
Henry said: “I spat my dummy out a bit when I got dropped by Newcastle, but I'm over here now for the season, so it would have been a bit stupid to go home. I had a bit of time to think about it and here we are - back at Glasgow. It should be good. I didn't know Mark was going out for me, which is a little bit unfortunate, but the same sort of thing happened to me.”
IPSWICH have switched riding order for the first leg of their Knockout Cup tie against Somerset at Foxhall on Thursday.
Gino Manzares and Cameron Heeps have exchanged positions, with Heeps now going out in Heat 1, whilst Adam Ellis has declared himself fit after suffering a knee injury at Rye House last weekend.
NEWCASTLE were edged out by league leaders Edinburgh in a thrilling Brough Park battle on Sunday which went right to the wire before the Monarchs snatched a 45-44 victory.
Diamonds boss George English said: “Edinburgh are a superb side this season and deserved to take the win, but a least the Diamonds gave them a seriously hard match to deal with and they know they've had to work hard for their points. There were again points lost where we should never have lost them but that's how speedway goes at times.”
PETERBOROUGH will be without fast-improving reserve Oliver Greenwood for their upcoming fixtures after he suffered a fractured collarbone in a crash when guesting at Newcastle on Sunday.
Panthers co-boss Blayne Scroggins said: “I'm gutted for young Ollie. He has already had more than his fair share of bad injuries in his career and this is another one.
“It goes without saying that we wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in action for Panthers soon.”
PLYMOUTH co-promoter Ashley Taylor said his team had paid the price for too many last places when their improved home record was ended by Berwick, who notched a nine-point win at the St Boniface Arena.
Taylor said: “We had too many non-scoring rides for a home team with last place in 12 of the 15 heats. We struggled to get out of the gate and were beaten by a Berwick side, who performed well as a team.”
REDCAR boss Jitendra Duffill is backing Polish reserve Rafal Konopka to bounce back from a difficult spell.
Duffill said: “Rafal just seems to be trying a bit too hard at the moment which is why he is making a few mistakes. I'm sure he will benefit from dropping to reserve and I know he has the ability to become a very good scorer once he gets a bit more experience.”
RYE HOUSE boss John Sampford says his side should go into this weekend's Premier League clashes with Somerset in a positive mood – despite the Rebels' impressive home form.
Sampford said: “Somerset's record at home speaks for itself, but we will go there in a positive frame of mind to score as many points as we can. It's all about the riders performing to their potential, and Peterborough and Plymouth have already shown that it is possible to take something away from a trip there. It can be done.”
SCUNTHORPE boss Dave Peet says the continued fine form of recent signing Nicolai Klindt was a positive to take from last Friday's defeat at Somerset.
Peet said: “Nicolai is really on it at the moment; he's been superb in every meeting since he joined us. Fair play to Somerset, they're a strong team and you can't take anything away from them. But we just fell away at the end.”
SHEFFIELD youngster Josh Bates is expected to be fit to take his place in the team for Thursday's clash with Glasgow at Owlerton, despite suffering muscle damage in a crash last weekend at Stoke.
Co-promoter Damien Bates said: “Josh missed Mildenhall's meeting on Sunday as a precaution, he just feels battered and bruised and it's muscle damage. He is confident that with some physio this week he will be fit and ready to go in what is a big meeting at Owlerton this week.”
SOMERSET face three matches in three days this weekend with a home and away double against Rye House on Friday and Saturday preceded by a trip to Ipswich in the Knockout Cup.
Rebels boss Garry May said: “It's going to be a busy three days, but one that we are more than capable of dealing with. The aim at Ipswich on Thursday will be to keep the scores as close as possible ahead of when we stage the second leg, before we then take on Rye House.
“Having already beaten Rye House home and away in the League Cup earlier in the year, it does perhaps give us a bit of an advantage, but by the same token Rye will be looking to avenge those defeats so we cannot afford to take their challenge lightly.”
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Last Updated : Tue 03 Jun 2014, 23:38 UK