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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 14th April 2015
BERWICK's Thomas Jorgensen is looking forward to going head-to-head with his former club Scunthorpe in the Bandits' Premier League opener this Saturday.
The Shielfield Park outfit get their league programme underway the night after their League Cup trip to Edinburgh and the Bandits are looking to get off to a winning start.
Jorgensen fondly remembers his time at Scunthorpe but has been full of praise for the people of Berwick for “making him feel at home”.
Said Jorgensen: “I had three good seasons there (Scunthorpe), and I have to thank them for all the help I got, but I had to leave – it was my choice and I wanted this great new challenge here.
“When I walk around the town here everybody knows who I am, they tell me they saw me racing and they wish me luck – it makes me feel so welcome and I want to repay their friendship with some big points on Saturday.
EDINBURGH director Brian Gray has praised the Monarchs' team spirit and says they have carried on from where they left off in their successful 2014 campaign.
The Monarchs put in an impressive display to pick up all three League Cup points last Friday after beating Workington 56-37.
Gray is predicting another big year for his side and described the team as “stunning”.
“I witnessed first hand the camaraderie in the pits and the excellent leadership shown by Captain (Craig) Cook,” he said.
“The atmosphere encompassing these guys is tangible and our new youngsters have quickly found out that we work as a team and even if one of them has an off day, he'll get backed to the hilt and encouraged.”
GLASGOW team manager Stewart Dickson says switching his riding order about paid dividends after picking up three more League Cup points on Sunday.
The Tigers beat Workington 53-38 to go top of the Border Group.
Dickson was more than happy with his team's performance, but thinks there's still more to come from the Tigers.
“We moved the pairings about and Dimitri Berge responded excellently with ten points – I'm really pleased for him and James Sarjeant who are beginning to come to the party now.
“Nick (Morris) and Victor Palovaara had off-days, but it's a team event and once they're all firing on all cylinders, we'll be something else to watch.”
IPSWICH team manager Phil Hilton is expecting nothing less than three points when his side host Plymouth in the League Cup on Thursday.
The Southern Group is wide open and three more points for the Witches would keep them in the hunt for a semi-final place.
Hilton is expecting to welcome back Ritchie Hawkins to his side's line-up, who withdrew from his first heat against Somerset last Thursday, and is hoping they can build on last week's 46-28 home win over the Rebels.
“It was a convincing win, everyone did their bit and the reserves especially looked a lot sharper and they covered well for Ritchie.
“They all knew what was required and they simply went out and delivered.”
NEWCASTLE face a busy week with three meetings in the space of four days.
It will be a testing period for the Diamonds who got their League Cup campaign off to the perfect start with a 50-40 away victory at Redcar last Thursday.
After the win, skipper Ludvig Lindgren said: “It was a very good result and you can't fault the team performance, it feels good to get the first away win of the season and to make it four points in the League Cup is great.
“We know that this is how good we can be and even better so it should be a good year. I believe 110% in this team and in myself that we can do very well.”
PETERBOROUGH are hoping that at least one of their two representatives can race their way to a podium finish at tonight's British Under-21 Championship Final at Coventry.
Ollie Greenwood and Robert Lambert will go head-to-head with 14 other riders with the hope of being crowned British Under-21 Champion.
Robert Lambert, who is one of the meeting favourites, said: “It will be a tough night and it should be an exciting one as well.
“My first target is to make it to the semi-final or final and then see what happens.
“I would obviously love to end the night on top of the podium, but there is no pressure on me at all.”
PLYMOUTH co-promoter Ashley Taylor has challenged his team to get back to winning ways when they host Rye House in the League Cup on Friday.
The Devils suffered one of their heaviest ever away defeats in a 66-24 battering at Rye House last Saturday, but put in a much improved performance to come away from Peterborough with a consolation point the following day.
Said Taylor: “It had all the hallmarks of being a disastrous weekend, but the riders showed what they are made of in the return match at Peterborough.
“Now we have to go to Ipswich on Thursday and do what we can before taking on Rye House at home.”
REDCAR boss Jitendra Duffill has called for patience ahead of his side's League Cup clash with Scunthorpe this Thursday.
It's been a tough start to the 2015 season for the Bears who are yet to win a meeting.
But Duffill is hoping his side can turn things around and get their season back on track.
“We are struggling for points from reserve at the minute but I did expect and state publicly that they would take time to get dialled in and that we would need to be patient,” he said.
“It's just unfortunate we are struggling as a team and that obviously puts more pressure on everybody.
“However, I can reassure everybody that we are determined to turn this around and all of our riders are 100% committed and are doing their best.”
RYE HOUSE kept their League Cup semi-final hopes alive with a comprehensive 66-24 victory over Plymouth on Saturday.
The Rockets moved back to the top of the Southern Group after ending a run of three consecutive losses.
Anders Mellgren, who has been associated with the Hoddesdon outfit since 2012, was delighted with the team's performance and was even happier to pick up his first paid maximum for the club.
He said: “I have been so close to a maximum with Rye House before and it is great to finally get there!
“We are still very much in with a shout in the League Cup – we all believe that we can get through this group and reach the semi-finals.”
SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey is looking forward to a busy week which sees the Scorpions race four meetings on four successive nights.
The Scorpions have away meetings at Redcar, Berwick and Newcastle with a home League Cup fixture against the Diamonds also.
Godfrey is staying positive, despite a difficult start to the season and is confident his side will soon start progressing and getting results.
“When you put together a new team like this, the riders need laps, simple as,” he said.
“This team is going to improve in every meeting – for starters, the two reserves are going to get better and better, they both have massive potential and we've already seen that.
“I urge everyone to come along again this week for the visit of Newcastle. It's going to be a great night of fantastic speedway action and we will move on and see what the four meetings this week bring.”
SHEFFIELD youngster Josh Bates is looking to defend his British Under-21 title at Coventry tonight – but admits it will be tough.
The 19-year-old pulled off a shock result by winning last year's meeting but isn't putting any pressure on himself ahead of tonight's showpiece event.
“Honestly I'd be happy with a top five place, delighted with a rostrum place and I'd be over the moon if I could win it again,” he said.
“It would be the best day of my life all over again if I could win the meeting again this year – it would mean everything to me.
“But it's going to be very tough this year because you've got riders like Robert Lambert and Kyle Howarth who are very fast and have started the season well.
SOMERSET boss Garry May says a Rebels win is “vital” when they host Ipswich in the League Cup on Friday.
The Oaktree Arena side currently lie three points behind the top two in their group and May says it's important his team continue their unbeaten home run going against the Witches.
“We are now well and truly at the business end of possible qualification for the League Cup semi-finals and it is vital that we win Friday's match at home to Ipswich whilst at the same time stopping them from picking up any points from the match.
“Our particular group is still wide open and with us having two home matches left, we shall be looking to keep our excellent home form going in a bid to make it through to those semi-finals.”
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Last Updated : Tue 14 Apr 2015, 13:14 UK