Premier League News from our rivals
Photo by Dave PayneTue 10 Jun 2014
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 10th June 2014
BERWICK boss Ian Rae is calling on his team to put their defeat at Newcastle behind them in order to build on their positive start to the Premier League campaign.
Rae said: “We found a home side far sharper from the gate and more competitive away from the start than expected which reflected in the score, which was deserved by Newcastle. We now have to not sit back on our good start and remember if we want to get back to good wins we have to ride like we had done earlier on in the season - which we will do.”
EDINBURGH have one foot in the League Cup Final after an emphatic 63-28 first leg semi-final win over Sheffield at Armadale – with Steve Worrall, Justin Sedgmen and Craig Cook all going through the meeting unbeaten.
Monarchs boss Alex Harkess said: “We really were outstanding tonight and I'm very happy with the lead we got. In spite of the score there was some entertainment and as always the team worked really well together.”
GLASGOW legend James Grieves believes a positive mental attitude and a successful new signing in Christian Henry can see the Tigers turn their fortunes around.
Grieves said: “I don't think for one minute that there's a rider in that team that's not trying
“I just think that it's in their heads at the moment, they're not dialled in. It's not clicked for them, and maybe with time or an engine change or something, it might just click. You never know - a new, fresh face in the team with Henry might do it."
IPSWICH boss Chris Louis is confident of making progress in the KO Cup after a remarkable 65-25 first leg win over Somerset, as he does not expect a repeat of their previous visit to the Oaktree Arena.
Louis said: “That points difference should be enough to see us through; we did lose by the same margin down at their place in the League Cup but I believe we have progressed since then.”
NEWCASTLE boss George English was delighted to see the Diamonds spark their season by becoming the first team to beat in-form Berwick in the Premier League with a 51-40 success at Brough Park.
English said: “At last we have returned back to winning ways to do this over a previously unbeaten Berwick makes the achievement all the more impressive. The racing was suitably superb for a close local derby and I think the determination shown tonight sets us up at last for a good run in the Premier League.”
PETERBOROUGH could move for a short-term replacement for injured reserve Oliver Greenwood, who is currently on the sidelines with a broken collarbone suffered when he was guesting for Newcastle earlier this month.
Panthers boss Trevor Swales said: “We are still assessing a number of options, but it is safe to say we will more than likely be taking up one of them in the near future.”
PLYMOUTH are bracing themselves for a tough Northern tour to Redcar and Edinburgh this week, with a doubt over the fitness of Kalle Katajisto after a recent crash.
Devils co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “We had a good result in our cup match at Redcar, which enabled us to progress in the competition with an aggregate win. So it is important that we take something out of that match ahead of our visit to Edinburgh on Friday evening.”
REDCAR promoter Brian Havelock admits he is contemplating team changes, but is uncertain as to which direction to take. Havelock told Speedway Star: “There's no-one obvious around on a 6.15 average or less who is any good. The break is a good thing in one way as it gives me breathing space and time to think about which way to go. I don't know what to do and will have to discuss it with the other directors and see which way they want to go.”
RYE HOUSE boss John Sampford had no complaints after his side slumped to their heaviest home defeat in 23 years, as Somerset raced to a 58-37 win over a much-changed Rockets team at Hoddesdon.
Sampford said: “We simply came up short in too many areas. To begin with, we were using three guests, but only one of them came up with the goods tonight. Steve (Boxall) is also clearly still experiencing machine issues, and we had Luke (Bowen) with his own problems as well.
“Somerset, on the other hand, were rock-solid throughout. You just can't afford any weak links against a team like that or they will blow you out, as they've now done home and away.”
SCUNTHORPE are hopeful of completing a hat-trick of 2014 wins at local rivals Sheffield when they make the short trip to Owlerton on Thursday.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “There's been some cracking meetings between the two clubs in 2014, and it promises to be another one. Of course, we'd love to win at Sheffield for a third time in the same season – that would be unbelievable.”
SHEFFIELD boss Joe Screen admitted the Tigers' 28-63 defeat at Edinburgh in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final had been a night to forget.
Screen said: “We were really disappointed, because that was a bit of an embarrassing result in the end. A lot of the lads struggled and had bad meetings, and overall it was just a really poor performance.
“It's hard for us with the number of rain-offs we've had, and it's been tough for the riders to get going. When we came up against a strong side like Edinburgh who have been riding regularly it was always going to be very difficult, but we didn't expect to get beat like that.”
SOMERSET boss Garry May insists his side can still turn around a 40-point KO Cup deficit against Ipswich on Friday – despite their disastrous first leg performance at Foxhall last week.
May said: “In reality all the pressure is on Ipswich as they have everything to lose, and having already been to the Oaktree Arena in the League Cup and lost by 40 points, which would have be greater but for the use of the tactical rides, which aren't permitted in the KO Cup, there will jitters amongst their riders even before a wheel has been turned.”
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