Premier League News from all our rivals
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 7th April 2015.
BERWICK team manager John Anderson praised his side after picking up a consolation League Cup point away at rivals Glasgow.
After suffering a “disappointing” 49-44 home defeat the previous day, the Bandits bounced back to pull off a shock result in the return fixture to get their first points on the board.
Said Anderson: “We generally showed up well and Claus (Vissing) was exceptional but again we're concerned about an injury, this time to Thomas Jorgensen, but at the moment we're not sure on just how bad or not it is.”
EDINBURGH's Sam Masters has set an early target for his fellow team mates – by predicting they will win the league again in 2015.
The Monarchs won their first silverware of the season on Saturday after a 81-78 aggregate victory over fierce rivals Glasgow to win the Spring Trophy.
Now Masters is challenging his fellow Armadale riders to add plenty more trophies to the club cabinet over the course of the season.
“Myself, Cookie (Craig Cook) and Sedgy (Justin Sedgmen) are all back and it's just a case of trying to pull the other boys along too,” he told the Edinburgh Evening News.
“Hopefully we are all capable of adding something to our averages and that's the key to winning the league.”
GLASGOW team boss Stewart Dickson says he was pleased his side got their League Cup campaign off to the perfect start with home and away victories over Berwick.
The Tigers fought hard to earn a 49-44 away win on Saturday before battling their way to a 47-43 win over the Bandits the following day.
Said Dickson: “Everyone had one or two problems, we threw away some silly points, but the most important thing from my point of view is that we won the matches and that makes me very happy.
“If I'd have been offered six points before Saturday, I would've grabbed it with both hands.”
IPSWICH team manager Phil Hilton has praised his side's efforts, despite slipping to a 56-37 away defeat at Peterborough in the League Cup on Monday.
The Witches were on the receiving end of 5-1 maximum heat advantages in all three of the opening races and were never able to recover from their disappointing start.
Said Hilton: “Obviously disappointed with the scoreline but I can't fault any of our team for the effort they put in – they all battled hard.
“The track conditions were very heavy and our boys struggled initially to adapt to this.
“We must put this behind us and regroup straight away as the next meeting at Foxhall on Thursday against Somerset will require everyone to be fully focused!”
NEWCASTLE boss George English says his side's opening 53-37 home win over Workington on Sunday was the perfect confidence booster to take them into their first League Cup meeting.
The Diamonds reversed the scoreline of the first leg of the Ian Thomas Shield to tie on aggregate – but missed out on the silverware in a race-off.
English was disappointed not to win the Shield, but is in positive mood ahead of Newcastle's trip to Redcar this Thursday.
“People felt we couldn't win heats and we have proved them wrong,” he said.
“If anyone had told me that we were going to win by that margin before the meeting I would have been very pleased and to beat a side as good as Workington by sixteen points is a great result – it's a massive boost for us.”
PETERBOROUGH got their season back on track with two League Cup wins home and away on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Panthers pulled off an impressive 47-43 away win at Rye House before dominating Ipswich to race to a 56-37 home victory on the same day.
Boss Carl Johnson was quick to praise the character shown by his team.
He said: “The losing start to the season hurt the guys and the way they have responded is extremely pleasing.
“We have showed everyone what we are capable of doing and these two results are no surprise to me.”
PLYMOUTH's fixtures come thick and fast later this week when they take to the track four times in four days.
The Devils get their Premier League campaign up and running away at Sheffield on Thursday, before two League Cup meetings against Peterborough and one against Rye House.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor is hoping his side can build on their hard fought 46-43 home win over Somerset last Friday but is expecting a tough few days against some strong opposition
He said: “As far as I am concerned, there are no easy matches in the Premier League and we are in a strong League Cup group.
“Despite their injury problems, Peterborough still look to have a useful side but we're looking forward to it.”
REDCAR boss Brian Havelock cursed his side's bad luck after they went down to a battling 47-40 defeat away at Sheffield.
The Bears pushed Sheffield all the way and were never more than nine points adrift during the meeting.
Havelock says his team need to take the positives from their trip to Owlerton ahead of their meeting against Newcastle this Thursday.
“I knew our middle order had to do something so we had a talk midway through the meeting and they responded well,” he told the Gazette.
“Had we had a full team I think we could have won but it is a difficult place to go and get a result so I'm not displeased with that performance.”
RYE HOUSE team manager John Sampford was left “shell-shocked” after his side fell to a 47-43 home defeat against Peterborough on Monday.
The loss was the Rockets first defeat in their opening four meetings on a tough afternoon at Hoddesdon.
Sampford says it's important his side learn from their mistakes and look ahead to their upcoming fixtures.
“One or two of our riders weren't able to match their performances in our earlier matches, but we also know inside that we've still got a team with great potential,” he said.
“We've just got to pull ourselves together and move forward from it.”
SCUNTHORPE team manager Dave Peet is refusing to press the panic button despite his side losing their opening two meetings of the 2015 campaign.
The Scorpions slipped to a 53-40 home defeat on Monday to rivals Sheffield in the League cup.
But Peet is remaining positive and is quick to reiterate there is still “a very long way to go.”
He said: “Sheffield gave us a bit of a spanking, but we are still looking very rusty – we're not going to worry too much about things yet as it's still very early days.
“Josh (Auty) was just brilliant – he was on it from the word go.
“It's all progressing, just more slowly than we'd like.”
SHEFFIELD continued their superb start to the 2015 season with a 53-40 away victory at rivals Scunthorpe on Monday.
The Tigers put in a solid team performance to ensure their 100% record remained intact.
The Owlerton outfit are looking good for a place in the League Cup Semi-Finals and boss Jack Lee was delighted with his side once again.
He said: “The team spirit is great, everyone did their job and it is a superb win for the lads.
“It's a long season and there are some very good teams in the Premier League, but the early signs for us are very encouraging.”
SOMERSET team manager Garry May says he is excited ahead of his side's meeting against Rye House this Friday.
The Rebels will be looking to build on the four League Cup points they picked up against Plymouth last weekend to boost their chances of a Semi-Final place.
May expects the Rye House match-up to be pivotal to the club's hopes of progression in the competition.
He said: “It is vital that we do not allow them to take any points away from Friday as our qualification group is still wide open and any of the five teams still has a chance of making it through and any slip-up could prove costly.
“It will be a tough encounter, and although I believe we have enough fire-power to see them off, it has all the makings of being a cracking match.”
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