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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 12th May 2015
BERWICK will try and defend a four point lead in the Knockout Cup 2nd Leg at Ipswich after picking up a 47-43 home win on Saturday.
Team manager John Anderson said: “The win on the night was the big issue for us as we needed to get back to solid winning ways; whilst we know four points may not get us through to the quarter finals, we will give Ipswich the fight of their lived when we go there on the 21st (May).
“Ben Barker really hit the form we knew he was capable of with a good 16 points and he was well backed up by our choice of guest Richie Worrall who was excellent value for his 13 points.”
EDINBURGH continued their unbeaten start to the 2015 Premier League campaign with a 52-40 home victory against Newcastle on Friday.
Drizzle throughout the meeting made it tough for both teams, but the Monarchs fought their way to a 12 point win.
Club Director Alex Harkess said: “The conditions made it a hard night for the riders but I always felt we had things under control.”
GLASGOW face a busy spell with three meetings in six days, starting with a televised home clash against Sheffield tonight. Tigers boss Stewart Dickson said: “All of a sudden, it looks like Sky have picked the best match because they (Sheffield) are sitting near the top of the league and deservedly so – it's going to be interesting!
“At the moment, we're at the bottom of the table because we've not raced matches, but come Sunday, we should be sitting with two home wins and the worst I'm looking for is a point at Ipswich. That's the target; it's a big week.”
IPSWICH will be looking to build on their away league consolation point at Newcastle from Sunday when they host Glasgow at Foxhall this Thursday.
The Witches battled hard to pick up their first league point of the season in a 48-43 defeat away at Newcastle and Club Director Chris Louis is expecting another tough test against Glasgow.
He said: “They have strength from top to bottom including riders such as Nick Morris, Richard Lawson and Aaron Summers – if the lads thought last Monday was tough then think again, this one could be even worse!”
NEWCASTLE picked up their first Premier League points of the season with a 48-43 home win over Ipswich on Sunday.
Diamonds' Team Manager George English had mixed emotions after the meeting.
He said: “I'm delighted to pick up three league points but also frustrated to give them a consolation point at the end.”
PETERBOROUGH reclaimed their place at the top of the Premier League with a comprehensive 56-36 home win against Workington on Sunday.
The Panthers will be looking to take confidence from their perfect start to the league campaign when they travel to second placed Sheffield on Thursday.
Team manager Carl Johnson said: “We beat a very strong team in very convincing fashion and we are all delighted to keep the good start going.”
PLYMOUTH are looking to make it two Premier League home wins out of two when they host Sheffield on Friday.
The Devils got back to winning ways at the St Boniface Arena last week with a 52-41 win against Redcar.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor: "We should not be having problems at home, so it is good that we are starting to show a bit of form because we have some strong opposition coming up in the next couple of meetings.”
REDCAR will be looking to return to winning ways when they entertain Workington in the Premier League this Thursday.
The Bears suffered back-to-back defeats in the space of four days last week, losing heavily at home to in-from Sheffield before suffering a 52-41 defeat away at Plymouth.
RYE HOUSE were held to a 45-45 home draw against Scunthorpe on Saturday.
Rockets' Captain Edward Kennett raced to a faultless 18 point maximum, but was disappointed his side didn't pick up the three league points available.
Said Kennett: “I felt really confident and I was making consistent starts.
“They (the Rye House guest replacements) did their bit, but it's never the same in terms of team atmosphere.
“We just have to do the best we can; but we'll take the draw.”
SCUNTHORPE will be without reserve Nike Lunna when they take on Rye House at the Eddie Wright Raceway on Friday.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “Nike is one of the reserves for the Finnish Grand Prix on Saturday; it will be an absolutely fantastic experience for the lad, rubbing shoulders with the best riders in the world and I'm chuffed for him.
“However, it does present us with a challenge in that Nike is now on a 3.00 average and therefore it's difficult to replace him.”
SHEFFIELD are targeting a minimum of a consolation league point when they travel to Glasgow tonight which would see them return to the top of the Premier League table.
Team Manager Jack Lee said: “It's a proud night for Sheffield Speedway to feature on live TV and we are honoured to be on Sky Sports.
“I'm sure we will go up there and give a good account of ourselves.”
SOMERSET will be looking to continue their unbeaten home run in 2015 when they host Berwick on Friday.
Team Manager Garry May said: “Berwick may not have had the best of starts to the season, but they certainly have the riders who could test us problems on Friday night.
“In saying that, we showed in our lasting outing here when we saw off a very strong looking Sheffield side that we have the riders to see off these sorts of challenges; I expect us to have too much strength throughout for Berwick to be able to handle.”
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Last Updated : Tue 12 May 2015, 22:39 UK