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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 21st April 2015
BERWICK got their 2015 Premier League campaign off to a winning start with a 46-44 last heat victory against Scunthorpe.
Luck didn't appear to be on the Bandits' side with seven engine failures and an exclusion but a pass by top scorer Thomas Jorgensen against his former club in Heat 15 was enough to secure three league points for the hosts.
Team Manager John Anderson said: “To pull off such a dramatic win in the last race was a magnificent achievement after all our engine problems and unexpected as I doubt many believed we could have managed that.
“We got our first three league points of the year, and in a thrilling way too!”
EDINBURGH suffered a mixed weekend in the League Cup with a home win and an away defeat.
The Monarchs put in a classy display at Armadale on Friday to beat Berwick 58-32 but slipped to a 51-42 defeat on their trip to Glasgow which saw them surrender their place at the top of the Border Group.
Following their loss at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium, club promoter Alex Harkess told the Edinburgh Evening News: “Too many of our riders did not do as well as they should have and left themselves short – that summed it up really.
“There were a few tape malfunctions and we just didn't work the gates out and this made life very difficult for ourselves.”
GLASGOW moved to the top of the Border Group in the League Cup with a big win over Scottish rivals Edinburgh.
The Tigers put in a solid team display to race their way to a 51-42 victory.
Top scorer Aaron Summers was delighted with his performance and heaped praise upon his teammates.
He said: “All the boys chipped in and pushed hard. We dropped a few little points from mistakes but we had the win so it was good.
“We're a solid team right the way through – even the boys below us top two or three are digging deep which is great.
IPSWICH need six points from their two League Cup matches this week to guarantee themselves a place in the semi-finals of the League Cup.
The Witches need back-to-back victories at home to Rye House and away to Plymouth to book a place in the next round.
The Foxhall outfit picked secured a draw at Somerset last Friday, and despite conceding a last heat 5-1 to deny them the away win, team manager Phil Hilton was still pleased to get a result under the circumstances.
He said: “I can't be too disappointed that we didn't win as everybody rode their best, we were missing Gino (Manzares) and unfortunately the home team managed to rally round at the end to stop us taking the win.
“Not many teams go away from there with anything so we have still done very well.”
NEWCASTLE bounced back from two defeats with a 53-39 League Cup win against Scunthorpe on Sunday.
After away losses on Thursday and Friday, the Diamonds got back to winning ways with a much improved team performance on the Fossway.
Returning Newcastle rider Christian Henry said: “It's only our second meeting at home so everyone has been trying different set-ups.
“We have got a good side and when everyone is going well we will be pretty hard to beat.”
PETERBOROUGH are on the look-out for a new team member once again after No.1 Olly Allen revealed his 2015 season was over.
Allen suffered serious ankle damage in a crash at the end of March and the injuries sustained are worse than first expected.
Club chief Ged Rathbone said: “Moving forward we now have to plan for the rest of the season and we have some big decisions to make.
“We have been able to call on some very good guests since Olly was injured and we could consider continuing down that route. We have also searched high and low across Europe for a potential number one signing and have so far drawn a blank.”
PLYMOUTH round off their 2015 League Cup fixtures with a home meeting against Ipswich this Friday.
The Devils have had a tough start to their campaign and regardless of Friday's result, will finish bottom of the Southern Group.
But co-promoter Ashley Taylor wants to end the cup on a winning note and thinks the return of captain Kyle Newman gives them a good chance of doing just that.
“We were without Kyle against Rye House and only had five points from the rider replacement rides which is less than we would have expected from Kyle if he had been riding,” he said. “With Kyle back in the side, I am confident that we are more than capable of beating Ipswich.
REDCAR go into their opening Premier League fixture of the season against Peterborough on Thursday with some confidence behind them after picking up their first win of 2015 last week.
The Bears raced to a 53-40 home victory against Scunthorpe and team manager Jitendra Duffill was thrilled with his side.
“We all needed a bit of a boost and getting that win will certainly lift everybody's spirits and it's amazing what just one victory can do,” he told the Gazette.
“I was really pleased with every single one of them and we certainly deserved our victory.”
RYE HOUSE suffered a 50-37 home defeat in their Premier League opener against Sheffield on Saturday.
It was a tough night for the Rockets in a meeting which was forced to be abandoned with just the final heat to be completed following a horrific crash involving Simon Stead – and by that stage Steve Boxall had already crashed out.
Rockets boss John Sampford said: “Steve suffered muscle and tendon damage to his right shoulder and thigh in his crash on Saturday. The prognosis by his doctor is that Steve is probably facing an absence of around three weeks, although Steve himself will no doubt aim to bring that date forward.”
SCUNTHORPE will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Redcar in the League Cup on Friday.
The Scorpions suffered away defeats at Berwick and Newcastle over the weekend but are hoping to make it two out of two at home and are looking to use the momentum from their 53-37 victory over the Diamonds last week.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “We rode extremely well last Friday – every single one of our riders did their job and we're looking to maintain that momentum when Redcar visit.
“It may be our last League Cup match but that doesn't make any difference – we still want to win the meeting and win it in style.”
SHEFFIELD suffered a major blow after losing both Simon Stead and David Bellego to injury during the side's win at Rye House on Saturday.
Stead suffered a broken arm and a broken femur whilst Bellego will be out for around six weeks with a hip injury and Jason Garrity has been named as his replacement.
Co-promoter Damien Bates said: “Our thoughts are with Simon and David, it's a massive blow to the team but more importantly we wish the lads well.”
“When I called Jason it took two minutes to agree everything, he's jumped at the chance to ride for us and I think he will be a real crowd pleaser.”
SOMERSET wrap up their League Cup programme when they host Peterborough at the Oaktree Arena on Friday.
The Rebels pulled off a last heat 5-1 to fight back for a draw against Ipswich last week but want to end their home cup campaign with three points.
Team manager Garry May said: “Although our League Cup ambitions took a big dent with last week's draw, at the time of speaking we still have an outside chance of finishing second place in our group with a home win on Friday. We will be looking to finish our group matches on a high with a home win.”
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Last Updated : Tue 21 Apr 2015, 17:56 UK