Premier League News from our rivals
Photo by Dave PayneTue 24 Jun 2014
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 24th June 2014
BERWICK co-promoter John Anderson has apologised to supporters after Saturday's home meeting against Redcar was heavily delayed after the paramedic was taken ill.
“That an appointed Medical Officer – the one single official without whom racing cannot take place – would be taken unwell to the extent he decided to leave the stadium, is something we could not have anticipated, and is hopefully unlikely to ever strike us again.
“We would love to have a second Medical Officer on duty, but this is just not possible, not just on economical grounds but also logistically.”
EDINBURGH made it an incredible 20 matches unbeaten at the start of the season with a 57-38 home win over Rye House – despite conceding two 8-1s during the course of the meeting.
Monarchs boss Alex Harkess said: “We definitely weren't at our best and losing these two heats was a disappointment, but we still had a bit to spare in the end.”
GLASGOW manager Stewart Dickson insisted he was always confident of taking a home win over Ipswich on Sunday – despite Anders Thomsen joining Christian Henry on the sidelines early in the meeting.
Dickson said: “I've said it for long enough that we've got a decent side and we're maybe one rider away from being pretty competitive here, there and everywhere. But you just don't know what you're getting from one meeting to another.
“I knew Ipswich fancied their chances. But I knew they wouldn't beat us - I don't rate them travelling. We've raced three home matches in the league and we've got eight out of nine points.”
IPSWICH emerged from a gruelling Northern tour with just one point to show from their efforts in three matches in three days.
The Witches were beaten 38-55 at Scunthorpe on Friday before gaining a point from a 43-47 reverse at Workington, but then were left point-less again at Glasgow with a 40-53 defeat.
NEWCASTLE moved into the Premier League play-off places with a 53-40 home win over Sheffield – doing their work in the opening ten heats as 43 of their points came in those races!
Manager George English said: “The Diamonds performed well, the power was certainly in evidence as we took the win we deserved, and in a match where the racing was top-draw too, so it had everything you want from a speedway match. But it's just as well we took the good start as from Heats 11-15 they beat us 10-23!”
PETERBOROUGH have appointed former rider Carl Johnson as team manager after a spell as machine examiner at the Showground.
Co-promoter Trevor Swales said: “It is vital that we have consistency in the team management role – and Carl provides that. I'm not able to get to all meetings while Blayne (Scroggins) has also struggled with work commitments since taking a new job recently. Carl knows the club, he knows the sport and he is available for all home and away meetings.”
PLYMOUTH were edged out by Somerset in a tight West Country derby on Saturday, going down 38-40 in a match curtailed two races early due to a lengthy delay following a crash to Stuart Robson.
Co-promoter David Short said: “We apologise to the spectators but there was just not enough time to complete the final heats because of the delay. We began well enough and had a good early lead, but we let it slip.”
REDCAR promoter Brian Havelock says a team change could be on the way with a former Bears rider reportedly lined up for a return.
Havelock told Speedway Star: “I wanted to make the change before Saturday's match but the guy I want to bring in was not available so it will probably be next week. He'll come in at reserve but I still haven't decided who to pull out.”
RYE HOUSE star Jason Garrity has spoken of his delight at securing a track reserve position for the British Grand Prix at Cardiff next month, thanks to his fifth-place finish in the recent British Final.
Garrity said: “It is really great news. I just want to build up towards it in July with some good form over these next few weeks.
“Hopefully, I'll get a ride on the night, but at the very least I'll get to go out on the track (at the Millenium Stadium) for the practice on the Friday.”
SCUNTHORPE have confirmed Nicolai Klindt will remain with the club for the remainder of the season after an impressive run of results since signing as a short-term replacement for Anders Mellgren.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “There's no doubt his introduction into the team went a long way to helping kick-start our season after an inconsistent start.
“It's all worked out very well for Nicolai. He's also just signed as a doubling-up rider for Elite League Leicester. His home meetings will now slot together, at Scunthorpe on a Friday and then at Leicester on a Saturday.”
SHEFFIELD boss Joe Screen admits his side are overly-reliant on in-form No.1 Simon Stead, who scored another bumper 17-point haul in Sunday's defeat at Newcastle.
Screen said: “It was a disappointing performance again to be honest – a few riders were having issues and it was the same old story. We are a one man show at the moment with Steady and then we just have to see what comes with it which is hugely frustrating."
SOMERSET will be without Pontus Aspgren for their home clash with Berwick this Friday as the Swede has been advised by his doctor that the broken bone in his hand needs more time to heal.
Rebels boss Garry May said: “Of course we would have preferred to go into any match with a full 1-7, but there is no point rushing Pontus back into the side only for him to suffer further damage to the hand and be ruled out for an even longer time period. We coped well enough with rider replacement last Saturday against Glasgow, in fact it ‘scored' a paid maximum for us against the Tigers!”
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