Premier League News from our rivals
Photo by Dave PayneTue 05 Aug 2014
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 5th August 2014
BERWICK will bring Alex Edberg back into their team this week with local youngster Liam Carr rested from Premier League duties.
Bandits boss John Anderson said: “When Alex was himself rested with a view to regaining confidence following a sickening series of crashes, we told him the door would be open at Berwick if and when he was scoring freely again in his domestic meetings in Sweden.
“Both Alex and the club feel he is ready to return, and with Liam finding Premier League racing a bit difficult at present, we are making this move to improve the club's prospects of achieving what might be our best season since I took over here.”
EDINBURGH star Sam Masters collected victory in the club's long-established individual event, the Scottish Open, to continue a good run of recent form.
Masters said: “I found the right setup last week when I scored a maximum, I made a slight adjustment after my first race tonight but everything went perfect for me after that.”
GLASGOW co-promoter Colin Hamilton says the recent signing of Swede Victor Palovaara continues a policy of bringing in younger riders, with four of the Tigers' 1-7 aged 20 or under.
Hamilton said: “Alongside Anders (Thomsen), Kasper (Lykke) and Dimitri Berge we have a fairly youthful and exciting looking side and much for our supporters to look forward to.”
IPSWICH hit top form at Foxhall last Thursday with a 60-34 win over Berwick in a meeting which saw the Witches record only two last places.
Captain Ritchie Hawkins said: “Berwick are a very good team with a strong away record this year so I was expecting a tough night. To be honest the scoreline makes it look like we won easily but there was a lot of hard racing out on track and I hope the fans enjoyed watching it.”
NEWCASTLE picked up a useful away point at Redcar last Thursday with former Diamond Rene Bach impressing as a guest for Danny King – but manager George English felt an even better result was possible.
English said: “Newcastle rode well, one of their best away this year, but there were still niggling little lackings that meant we fell short of a win I believe was well within our capabilities. But at least we took one league point.”
PETERBOROUGH boss Carl Johnson said the Panthers had under-achieved in the Premier League Fours on home territory, as they made an early exit at the semi-final stage.
Johnson said: “We were definitely good enough to win the meeting in my opinion and it is disappointing to not even make the final. Things didn't go our way in the last two heats of the semi, but we only collected one point from four races and that's not good enough on our own track.”
PLYMOUTH boss Lee Trigger says the club's top priority now has to be on their appearance in the KO Cup semi-finals, with a play-off challenge now looking unlikely.
Trigger told the Plymouth Herald: “We've got the semi-final against Ipswich to come, and our aim between now and then will be to get the team ready for it. Our aim is to make ourselves invincible at home, so that when Ipswich do come to our place, they are going to find it very difficult.”
REDCAR boss Jitendra Duffill was delighted with a 47-43 home win over Newcastle after guest Lewis Blackbird crashed out of the meeting in his second ride.
Duffill told Gazette Live: “We were always going to be up against it after losing Lewis, especially after he started so promisingly. The odds looked stacked against us after that and it was going to take a huge effort. But the team pulled together and that was an immense effort to win with just five riders from early on.”
RYE HOUSE moved off the foot of the table with a 55-41 win over Redcar at Hoddesdon with Luke Bowen scoring a four-ride maximum and Oliver Greenwood impressing on his home debut with paid-eight.
Rockets promoter Len Silver said: “It wasn't just the points that young Olly scored that impressed me; it was the way he put himself about on the track.”
SCUNTHORPE boss Dave Peet admits away form is currently hampering the Scorpions, with Monday's 37-53 defeat at Glasgow preventing them from moving up from their current fourth place.
Peet said: “We do need to address our away performances; we believed we get something out of this meeting, but it just wasn't our night. The sun was playing havoc, but it was the same for both teams. We just didn't get going, while Glasgow were very strong.”
SHEFFIELD star Ty Proctor still hopes to be back in action in the near future as he undergoes daily treatment on a troublesome leg injury.
Tiger co-promoter Damien Bates said: “Ty will be assessed on a regular basis over the next week or so and is seeing the former Sheffield Wednesday and England physio Alan Smith. He's trying to get fit and get back on the bike but at this stage it's a case of wait and see what happens.”
SOMERSET boss Garry May is calling on Rebels fans to give their riders a big welcome back when they return to home action on Friday having triumphed in the Premier League Fours last weekend.
May said: “We still have the League Championship itself to go for, we are the defending League Champions and we want to retain that title. But all that is for later, right now we are going to enjoy the glory of being the Premier League Fours Champions, and hopefully all Somerset fans will be at the Oaktree Arena on Friday when we take on Rye House to give these boys the congratulations they richly deserve.”
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