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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 26th May 2015
BERWICK enjoyed a good Bank Holiday weekend going unbeaten in their two meetings.
The Bandits secured a 52-38 Premier League win over Redcar on Saturday before battling their way to a hard-fought 45-45 draw away at Workington in the League Cup on Monday, mainly inspired by a 14+1 points haul from the in-form Thomas Jorgensen.
EDINBURGH progressed through to the next round of the Premier League Knockout Cup with a 103-77 aggregate victory against Sheffield.
Club Director Brian Gray said: “It was a solid performance from the boys beating Sheffield a bit easier than most of us anticipated.
“I expected the Tigers to be stronger but it was really all over by Heat 8; it certainly was an entertaining evening though.”
GLASGOW captain Aaron Summers said his side's 46-43 defeat at Newcastle on Monday was a meeting the Tigers should have won.
Said Summers: “It's definitely points dropped; it shouldn't have happened, we should have had all the points.
“One point is better than nothing, it might just get us over the line when we need it, it's just a shame it wasn't the full three.
IPSWICH booked themselves a place in the League Cup Semi-Finals with a 49-41 win at Plymouth on Friday.
Team Manager Phil Hilton said: “I'm very pleased with the way the team turned it around; they all got stuck in from the start and the team spirit was there for all to see.
“We must keep this momentum going now and start picking up some much needed league points in the coming weeks starting at Redcar on Thursday night.”
NEWCASTLE came from nine-points behind to pull off a 46-43 home win against Glasgow.
Team manager George English said: “I am very proud of what we have achieved; to come back from nine points down with a weakened team against a strong Glasgow side is sensational.
“Lewis Rose was sensational and our whole team deserves so much credit for the way they pulled together.”
PETERBOROUGH picked up a 46-44 Knockout Cup victory at home to Plymouth on Monday, but the meeting was overshadowed by the loss of Lewis Blackbird mid-meeting.
Panthers boss Carl Johnson said: “He has broken the ring finger and little finger on his right hand; doctors are suggesting he will probably be out for between four-to-six weeks.
“But knowing Lewis and knowing the fact the British Final is three weeks away, I'm sure he will be desperate to return sooner.”
PLYMOUTH have given themselves a good chance of progressing through to the next round of the Knockout Cup after going down by just two points (46-44) in a spirited performance away at Peterborough on Monday.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “It was good to see Todd Kurtz getting among the points with a couple of race wins in his first meeting of the season.
“Although we have a history of going to Peterborough and getting good results, we have already lost twice at home to the Panthers this season so we can't be complacent.”
REDCAR's miserable May continued with a heavy 58-32 loss at Rye House on Monday.
A tough meeting saw the Bears win just three of the 15 races as they slipped to their fourth successive defeat.
The Bears now face home and away fixtures against Ipswich on Thursday and Saturday respectively.
RYE HOUSE picked up an impressive 58-32 victory at home to Redcar on Bank Holiday Monday, but are awaiting an update on a possible injury to captain Edward Kennett.
Team Manager John Sampford said: “It's a bit unfair to focus on just a few of the boys; I was really pleased with all of them because everybody contributed to that result.
“They suspect that he (Kennett) has one or more broken bones relating to his little finger but he won't know for certain until the swelling has gone down enough to enable it to be x-rayed.”
SCUNTHORPE suffered a heavy 57-33 home defeat against Somerset on Monday meaning the Scorpions have won just one of their 13 meetings in 2015.
Team manager Dave Peet said: “It was an extremely tough meeting for us; we won't be pointing the finger because there was no lack of effort from our boys, we were simply beaten by a better side.
“We now have to focus on our next meeting at Plymouth on Saturday; the lads have far from given up and there's much more to come from us.
SHEFFIELD bowed out of this year's Knockout Cup after suffering a 103-77 aggregate defeat against Edinburgh.
Reserve Arthur Sississ said: “It's a shame we are out of the cup, but we've just been so unlucky and we hope our fortunes will change pretty soon.
“We've lost so many riders now, we've lost almost all our team. There is only really me and Josh (Bates) still standing from the start of the season.”
SOMERSET moved to the top of the Premier League table after a stunning 57-33 away victory at Scunthorpe on Monday.
Team manager Garry May said: “All the boys rode superbly; despite Scunthorpe having strengthened their side up ahead of this match, I still thought we could come and get the win and the boys did that and more besides!
“It's the best possible way to prepare for our next home match against Newcastle at Oaktree on Friday.”
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Last Updated : Wed 27 May 2015, 06:57 UK