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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 19th May 2015
BERWICK made it two home wins on the trot with a 55-37 victory over Newcastle on Saturday.
Co-promoter Dennis McCleary said: “It's amazing how a good win like that puts so many smiles back on so many faces.
“The feel-good factor definitely came back and we only hope we can keep a hold of it for a good length of time.”
EDINBURGH maintained their unbeaten start to their 2015 Premier League campaign with a 48-42 away win at Newcastle on Sunday.
Monarchs promoter John Campbell told the Edinburgh News: “We have so many riders who can score points and that is a big advantage to have when the scores are close.
“I think because of our top end strength we were always going to come through; I'm very pleased with the result.”
GLASGOW were delighted with their televised 53-40 victory over Sheffield last Tuesday.
Tigers captain Aaron Summers said: “It was great to see such a big crowd there; there was plenty of support and it always urges us boys to go even harder when people are behind us.
“They're (the club owners Michael and Gerry Facenna) putting a lot of work in and long days so it's great to see such a good night like that for them.”
IPSWICH face a big week of cup action with two meetings in two days in two different competitions.
The Witches need to overturn a four point deficit at Foxhall against Berwick on Thursday in the Knockout Cup before travelling to Plymouth on Friday needing a minimum of three points to ensure qualification in the League cup.
Team Manager Phil Hilton said: “After a week of two frustrating rain-offs, I'm looking forward to seeing the boys ride two important cup matches this week; I feel it is about time for the boys to start firing on all cylinders!”
NEWCASTLE team manager George English felt a refereeing decision played a big part in their 48-42 home defeat against Edinburgh on Sunday.
Said English: “(Ludvig) Lindgren was very unlucky to be excluded in heat eleven which was the defining moment of the meeting.
“I'm disappointed to lose the match but we were struggling with a weakened team.”
PETERBOROUGH continued their unbeaten start to the 2015 Premier League with an impressive 45-45 draw away at Sheffield on Thursday.
Team boss Carl Johnson said: “We were unlucky not to come away with another victory in all truth, but we are three points clear at the top of the table with three meetings in hand on our closest challengers; it's difficult to be disappointed in a position like that.
“It was a very good meeting and we are very pleased to keep our unbeaten run going.”
PLYMOUTH co-promoter Ashley Taylor says he is seeking revenge from last season when his side host Ipswich in the League Cup on Friday.
He said: “The fate of Ipswich and Rye House is in our hands- we remember last season's KO Cup outcome and this gives a chance to redress the balance by returning the compliment.
“Ipswich may be bottom of the Premier League, but it is still early in the season and we know that Ipswich are a better side than their league position would indicate.”
REDCAR promoter Brian Havelock issued a public apology following Thursday night's abandonment against Workington.
He said: “I feel for all the fans, especially for those who travelled over from Workington; I can assure them that it was a freak occurrence and no-one regrets that it happened more than me.
“Believe me, I'm as angry as most of the fans that it was called off because it will cost us the thick end of £3,000 to call it off.”
RYE HOUSE put in a dominant performance to beat Workington 60-30 on Saturday and 99-81 on aggregate to progress through to the quarter-finals of the Knockout Cup.
Captain Edward Kennett said: “It was a great all-round performance by the boys; they all worked hard which also made my job a lot easier.
“The most important thing is that we are through to the next round and we're looking forward to that already.”
SCUNTHORPE have signed Ben Wilson in time for their next home meeting on Bank Holiday Monday – a match where Ryan Douglas will also make his first appearance of the season for the Scorpions.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “With the Lunnatic (Nike Lunna) and Ben Wilson at reserve we should have the best reserves in the league whilst Ryan Douglas is a rider who can challenge for the number one slot.
“We will have a solid seven riders and we have to remind ourselves that that is how we won the league previously.”
SHEFFIELD boss Damien Bates has spoken of his sadness for Ty Proctor after he was told the rider could no longer compete in the UK this season.
Bates told The Star: “The sad part about it all is that he has done a good job for the team; he's had his injury problems, but this season he has been in the points and doing a great job.
“There is nothing we can do about it now and the lad is now back home in Australia with his career in tatters.”
SOMERSET boss Garry May is warning his side against any complacency when they host Scunthorpe this Friday.
Said May: “Scunthorpe might come to the Oaktree Arena languishing in the lower reaches of the Premier League table, but as was the case with Berwick last week, they have riders in their ranks who have shown a liking for riding here.
“The Somerset boys are all riding well and I would hope that we will have too much in the locker for Scunthorpe to deal with.”
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Last Updated : Tue 19 May 2015, 23:06 UK