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Photo by Dave PayneTue 26 Aug 2014
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 26th August 2014
BERWICK boosted their play-off position with six points out of six from a home double-header against Rye House and Newcastle, although the return trip to Hoddesdon on Sunday resulted in defeat.
Bandits boss John Anderson said: “We would have liked to have taken a league point or two, but we're still in the hunt for a good end of season Championship play-off place and we can still climb a place or more before the cut off date.”
EDINBURGH maintained their perfect home record with a 57-35 win over Berwick at Armadale to keep the pressure on Somerset at the top of the table.
Monarchs boss Alex Harkess said: “We thought the Bandits would improve on their last visit, and they did a bit, but it was another excellent display by the team.”
GLASGOW star Kasper Lykke says the Tigers can still dream of a play-off place following their impressive away win at Workington last Friday, although they were then limited to two points from the Bank Holiday double against Newcastle.
Lykke said: “Of course we can aim for the play-offs. We might make it. I haven't been looking too much at all the scores but from what I'm hearing, we have a chance, so of course we're going to go for it."
IPSWICH kept up their excellent run of form with a 60-36 home win over Workington last Thursday, to add to their two recent away wins which have put the Witches into a strong position.
Manager Brian Messenger said: “They all did so well again and are just keeping everything going in the right direction. I think as long as we can win our remaining home fixtures we should be okay for a playoff position.”
NEWCASTLE boss George English is awaiting news on Simon Nielsen and Lewis Rose ahead of the Diamonds' final regular-season fixtures, after both riders were involved in crashes over the weekend.
English said: “Simon is off to his native Denmark with a view to getting his injured shoulder sorted while Lewis is off to his Norfolk base to get a scan done on his damaged knee ligaments. He had been to the RVI but he only had it x-rayed here which showed no bones broken, but he needs the scan to reveal the full damage.”
PETERBOROUGH boss Carl Johnson knows his side must hit back quickly from successive home defeats to Ipswich and Somerset if they are to take advantage of their matches in hand and break into the top six.
Johnson said: “A second successive home defeat is obviously a big disappointment. We put ourselves in a great position early in the meeting, but let it slip. The tactical ride changed the meeting and our gating from then on was not good enough.”
PLYMOUTH were relieved to secure all three points before the final race when they defeated Peterborough at the St Boniface Arena last Friday.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “Things were a little more comfortable for us than in recent meetings. But what was important was the quality of the racing. Forget the scoreline, there were two teams of racers out there and they provided the spectators with some superb and spectacular speedway.”
REDCAR boss Jitendra Duffill praised the team effort from the Bears in their win over Sheffield last Friday which made it four points in two nights against the Tigers.
Duffill told gazettelive.co.uk: “I know Sheffield came with a pretty decimated team but we can only beat what is put out in front of us. And with a number one like Simon Stead and reserves like Taylor Poole and Josh Bates, it was never going to be easy. I'm really pleased for everyone.”
RYE HOUSE suffered a heavy defeat at Berwick on Saturday but quickly turned the tables on the Bandits with a 58-37 home win the following evening to move off the bottom of the Premier League table.
Manager John Sampford said: “It was a powerful performance against very strong opposition. 13 out of 15 heat wins says a lot. It really was a solid all-round team effort, and hopefully one that we can build on in the closing weeks of the season.”
SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey has described this week's action as “make or break” for the Scorpions, who face four matches in five days.
Godfrey said: “This is the most important week of the season for us so far. In particular, the two home meetings are absolutely massive. We can't afford either Redcar or Workington leaving here with a win.”
SHEFFIELD boss Joe Screen admitted the Tigers' extensive injury list had caught up with them in their 37-53 defeat at Redcar on Friday.
Screen said: “We are still up against it at the moment, and although we gave it our best shot we just didn't quite have enough in the end. Fingers crossed Leigh Lanham and Andre Compton can come back soon and we can get back to full strength, because we really want to try and finish the season strongly."
SOMERSET are looking for revenge over Peterborough when the sides meet at the Oaktree Arena on Friday – after the Panthers snatched a draw on their previous visit.
Promoter Debbie Hancock said: “I know the boys want to put right the fact that the Panthers are the only side not to be beaten at the Oaktree Arena this year, going away with a draw to their name in our League Cup match here back in April, but more importantly, they want to collect another maximum three league points to keep Somerset at the top of the Premier League table.”
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Last Updated : Wed 27 Aug 2014, 23:45 UK