Premier League News from our rivals
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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 12th August 2014
BERWICK were convincing 59-33 home winners over Sheffield to complete a positive week which saw the Bandits move into fourth place after also winning at Redcar.
Manager John Anderson said: “These lads said on Thursday at Redcar when we won that they wanted this steak of wins to run and run, but I doubt if even the most optimistic of supporters could have imagined how dominant we could be over Sheffield as we took them apart.”
EDINBURGH go into a massive run of Premier League fixtures this week with their televised trip to Berwick on Tuesday being followed by three more matches in the next three days.
The Monarchs travel to Somerset on Wednesday and Sheffield on Thursday before hosting Somerset on Friday – and they are then at Newcastle on Sunday!
GLASGOW skipper Theo Pijper is hoping his 12-point maximum in the Tigers' last home outing proves a sign of things to come for the remainder of the season.
Pijper said: “I can beat any rider on my day, so I'm focusing on my engine and my clutch at the moment and the rest of the bike is not too important for me. It needs to be absolutely perfect. It is important how you look after your stuff.”
IPSWICH kept their good run going with a 55-40 home win over Rye House to keep up the pressure in the race for the play-offs.
Witches boss Brian Messenger said: “It went more or less to plan with every rider playing their part again. I believed before the meeting that we had the strength in depth to beat them and so it proved. It's always nice to have several riders eligible and deserving of a place in Heat 15.”
NEWCASTLE have made a fixture change which will see Edinburgh visit Tyneside on Sunday to avoid the possibility of going a nearly a month without a home meeting.
Promoter George English said: “It's a testament to our excellent relationship with the promotion at Edinburgh that we have been able to arrange this fixture shuffle, as many teams face an uphill struggle to accommodate re-staging meetings thanks to the sporadic weather we've experienced this year.”
PETERBOROUGH are hopeful of having new signings in place in time for their home clash with Ipswich on August 19, with Ryan Fisher and Lewis Blackbird currently on the sidelines.
Manager Carl Johnson said: “The search for new riders is ongoing and we are finally making good progress. We are currently involved in talks with riders and their parent clubs, and we hope to be in a position to make a team announcement in the next few days.
“I would like to thank the fans for their patience as it is taking time for us to attract the right riders who we feel can help us to reach the play-offs and challenge for honours.
PLYMOUTH return to action after three weeks of inactivity when they take on Rye House in a Premier League match at the St Boniface Arena on Friday evening.
Devils co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “We keep promising our supporters that we want to finish as high up the table as possible. We have won our last three home matches and we need to keep that run going, starting with this week's fixture against the Rockets.”
REDCAR boss Jitendra Duffill had no complaints after his side were beaten at home by Berwick for the second time in the Premier League season.
Duffill told gazettelive.co.uk: “They were better out of the starts - we were consistently out-gated and obviously the track was slick because it had been a hot day so passing was at a premium. We were poor at the starts, and not for the first time this season. It's been a bit of an Achilles' heel for us all year.”
RYE HOUSE were left frustrated by a narrow home defeat at the hands of Somerset, despite having held a ten-point lead, coming one day after a thumping defeat at the Oaktree Arena.
Rockets promoter Len Silver said: “We desperately wanted to show that our new-look side is capable of beating the good teams – and we should have won the match. Unfortunately, moral victories count for nothing in this league. The whole atmosphere of the meeting seemed to change with that 8-1. Up until then, we were head and shoulders above them.”
SCUNTHORPE will be going for a clean sweep of Premier League wins over Sheffield this season when the sides meet at the Eddie Wright Raceway on Friday – having won the last seven PL encounters between the clubs.
Scorpions promoter Rob Godfrey said: “We've had the Indian sign over Sheffield in recent years, but we won't be complacent going into Friday's meeting. Sheffield have been recently strengthened by two new signings in Ben Wilson and Nico Covatti, plus they have a potential trump card, in Taylor Poole, at No 7.
“We've been firing at home recently, and we need to put in another performance along the same lines to ensure we take all three points on Friday.”
SHEFFIELD have joined the clubs who will honour Birmingham season tickets for the remainder of the campaign – with the Tigers having now signed former Brummies favourite Nico Covatti.
Tigers management member Simon Parker said: “Being based in the West Midlands, I know how passionate the Brummies fans are about their speedway, and I was desperately sorry that the club was unable to complete the season.
“Now that Sheffield have signed Nico Covatti, there will be Birmingham fans who wish to continue to support him at his new club and they will receive a very warm welcome at Owlerton.”
SOMERSET face a massive week of action starting with home and away clashes with league leaders Edinburgh as the top two in the Premier League meet – and the trip to Armadale on Friday is the start of a Northern tour for the Rebels.
Promoter Debbie Hancock said: “Outside of the actual play-offs, matches don't come any bigger than this. Our boys have been excellent all year, especially at home, and have hit a good run of form which has taken us into second place, hot on the heels of the Monarchs, so the call is for all Somerset fans to get to the Oaktree Arena on Wednesday and get right behind the team for this top-of-the-table clash.”
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