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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 30th September 2014
BERWICK have confirmed their home play-off clash with Workington on Saturday October 11 will be the final Shielfield Park action of the season.
Neither the Bandits nor the Comets can now qualify for the Final but the home side can still celebrate a highly positive campaign after a fourth-place finish in the regular Premier League standings.
EDINBURGH are through to the Premier League play-off Final after securing home and away wins over Workington last weekend to leave the Monarchs with four straight victories from their play-off group matches.
Skipper Derek Sneddon said: “We have a great season but now we have to finish the job. The boys were really up for it and we can't wait for the Final.”
GLASGOW saw their Premier League KO Cup hopes disappear with a heavy home defeat to Newcastle after the Tigers saw a host of riders ruled out in the build-up to the meeting.
Skipper Theo Pijper said: “We were always likely to struggle with the loss of Rusty (Harrison) and Kevin (Wolbert) in particular, and we hoped that with Victor (Palovaara) now down at reserve we could have seen a better points return from him. Newcastle unfortunately had too much firepower for us, on another day and with our own riders in the side I think we should certainly have won.”
IPSWICH are through to the KO Cup Final after a successful defence of their 40-point first leg lead against Plymouth, the Witches going down by just four on the night in the second leg at the St Boniface Arena.
Manager Brian Messenger said: “I was always confident that we would go through and had hoped for a win. However with three of our riders struggling that wasn't going to happen. Gino (Manzares) had two primary chains break tonight which didn't help his cause. I must say a big well done to Morten (Risager), Richie (Worrall) and especially Adam Ellis who all rode very well.”
NEWCASTLE roared to a 55-35 win at Glasgow on Sunday to book a KO Cup semi-final clash with Edinburgh – with Danny King smashing the Ashfield track record.
Manager George English said: “We were confident of making the semi, but the manner and size of our victory even took us by surprise and again Ludvig Lindgren top scored, as he did in the first leg magnificently backed up by Danny and Stuart Robson.
“With the top three taking 11 wins between them and Lewis Kerr also taking two it only left two heat wins for the home side who looked shell-shocked soon on in the night.”
PETERBOROUGH have confirmed their League Cup Final clash against Edinburgh goes ahead at the Showground on Sunday as they bid for a first trophy in seven and a half years.
The Panthers have also thanked Newcastle promoter George English as the Diamonds, a regular Sunday track, also need to race against the Monarchs in the KO Cup semi-finals, with that meeting now scheduled for Sunday October 12.
PLYMOUTH rounded off their senior campaign for 2014 with a 47-43 win over Ipswich in the KO Cup, although the first leg outcome meant it wasn't enough to take the Devils into the Final.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “Ipswich are a top three side with scoring power throughout their team.It was nip and tuck throughout the evening and the 40-point deficit proved too much to pull back. But, at least, we had some consolation from winning the meeting on the night.”
SCUNTHORPE go into a make-or-break week of play-off action without Nicolai Klindt, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a scaphoid injury, whilst the same problem seems set to leave Ryan Douglas on the sidelines too.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “We're going to throw everything we've got at these two meetings this week. The results didn't go quite the way we wanted them to last week; our regular lads went OK, but the guests struggled a bit. We need something from the meeting at Somerset; we have to pick up at least one league point.”
SHEFFIELD co-promoter Damien Bates says Simon Stead's PLRC victory and the British Under-21 success of Josh Bates has given the Tigers some consolation in an injury-hit season.
Bates said: “It hasn't been the best of seasons on track for us but with both Josh and Steady winning individual trophies it has certainly made it a lot better.”
SOMERSET step up their Premier League play-off bid with matches at home to Scunthorpe and away at Ipswich this week as they look to build on the point they gained at the Eddie Wright Raceway last Friday.
Rebels boss Garry May said: “With just three teams in the group it doesn't leave any margin for error to the extent that race points difference could determine which of the three sides progress through to the Final. So not only will we be looking for the maximum three match points from Wednesday night, but to also boost our race points difference in case that does become the deciding factor.”
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