This week's Premier League News from our rivals
Photo by Dave PayneTue 07 Oct 2014
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 7th October 2014
BERWICK close out the Shielfield Park season on Saturday with a play-off match against Workington which also doubles-up as the first leg of the Border Trophy.
Club director George Hepburn said: “We're very proud to be in the play-offs for the first time in our history. Adding the Border Trophy to the play-off pecking order will make every point in both matches even-more-vital to the aggregate result, ensuring the usual Bandits/Comets 'edge' is fully evident, I think!”
EDINBURGH will stage a double-header on Friday with Newcastle visiting in the re-arranged first leg of the KO Cup semi-final, and the Monarchs then take a two-point lead into the second leg of the League Cup Final against Peterborough.
Manager Alex Harkess said: “The Diamonds ran us very close on their last visit but we've got to ensure this time that we build a big lead to take down to Newcastle on Sunday.”
GLASGOW have re-arranged their final Premier League match of the season with Workington for Sunday October 26, and will also welcome Berwick in the League Cup on the previous Sunday.
IPSWICH missed out on taking points from their play-off group fixture at Scunthorpe on Friday, their 41-49 defeat meaning the trip to Somerset on Friday is now crucial.
The Witches took maximum points from their home matches but now need to avoid defeat by seven or more points at the Oaktree Arena in order to reach the Final.
NEWCASTLE are out to create a KO Cup upset when they take on Edinburgh in this weekend's semi-final, starting at Armadale on Friday with the return at Brough Park on Sunday.
Manager George English said: “Edinburgh are a good side but if we are on our game and ride as well as we did in the last meeting it will be all to ride for in the second leg. We go into the tie as underdogs which suits us and hopefully we can pull off a shock. We need to keep the scores close going into the second leg because they ride our track well.”
PETERBOROUGH chief Mick Horton is to end his second stint in charge of the club at the end of the current season, leaving the Panthers' future uncertain going into the winter.
Horton said: “I didn't come into it expecting to make money and I could have lived with losing a little bit, but we're talking losses of around £60,000. Unfortunately I was let down by some potential investors and the crowds just haven't been good enough.
“The move to a Tuesday race-night certainly couldn't be classed as a success but our Sunday home meetings have all been well attended and I'm hopeful that someone will step in to ensure this great sport continues in Peterborough.”
SCUNTHORPE stage their final fixture of the season on Sunday when local rivals Sheffield visit in the Premier League, followed by the National League clash with Buxton.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “We'll also be honouring the legendary Kenny Smith, our former team manager and co-promoter, who did so much for the Scorpions in our first few years at the Eddie Wright Raceway before cancer took him away from us in 2009. The winner of Heat 15 of our match against the Tigers will receive the Kenny Smith Memorial Shield for 12 months.”
SHEFFIELD will launch the 2015 season in style – with a benefit meeting for hugely popular former club captain Ricky Ashworth on March 22.
Ashworth, a former Premier League Riders' Champion, saw his career ended in a horror crash last season and was in hospital for a year.
Sheffield co-promoter Damien Bates said: “We are only too pleased to host this meeting and I have no doubt the place will be packed. We feel this is an appropriate way to start the 2015 season.”
SOMERSET need to defeat Ipswich by seven or more points at the Oaktree Arena on Friday if the defending champions are to reach the Premier League Grand Final for a third successive season.
Promoter Debbie Hancock said: “Apart from the Grand Final itself, matches don't come much bigger than this. Friday night is a must win match for us, so the rally call is for all those Somerset Rebels fans out there to get down to the Oaktree Arena on Friday night and get behind the team as they bid to qualify for what would be an unprecedented third successive Championship Grand Final.”
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Last Updated : Tue 07 Oct 2014, 19:58 UK