Premier League News from our rivals
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 16th June 2015
BERWICK got back to winning ways with a 51-39 away win at Redcar last Thursday.
Team Manager John Anderson said: “We know Redcar are not having a great season, but the Bears are still a side with so much talent that to win is still an achievement to be proud of and we rode well so got the result we deserved.”
The Bandits host Plymouth this Saturday but look set to be without No.1 Ben Barker who was involved in a heavy crash at Monday's British Final.
EDINBURGH's unbeaten home record came to an end on Friday with a 48-42 defeat at the hands of fierce rivals Glasgow; but the Monarchs went and stunned the Tigers two days later with a 51-39 away win of their own in the reverse fixture.
No.1 Sam Masters told the Edinburgh Evening News: “Friday was disappointing because our supporters expected so much more from us.
“Revenge is probably too strong a word because it's only league points at stake at the end of the day, but we wanted to put on a show at Ashfield, we did and it's great to get our winning run back on track again.”
GLASGOW ended the unbeaten home run of their rivals from Edinburgh, before slipping to a 51-39 home defeat to the Monarchs just two days later.
Tigers Captain Aaron Summers said: “We all know ourselves when it's one of those days when we think about it and know we need to sort it out.
“They were definitely up for it and it just didn't go to plan for us – we made some silly mistakes.”
IPSWICH bounced back from a disappointing home defeat to Newcastle on Thursday by ending Peterborough's winning home run just 24-hours later with a hard-fought 46-44 victory after coming from eight points behind.
Witches Team Manager Phil Hilton said: “After four heats I was thinking ‘not again', but to their credit all the boys dug in, worked out the track and thoroughly deserved the win.
“As a club we desperately needed this result to make sure everyone knows what we are capable of when the whole team works together.”
NEWCASTLE suffered a mixed week with an impressive 49-43 away win at Ipswich on Thursday before slipping to a narrow 46-44 home defeat at the hands of Peterborough on Sunday.
Diamonds Boss George English said: “As predicted it was going to be one hard match and so it proved, but it was a fair result.”
The Byker outfit travel to Sheffield this Thursday before hosting Plymouth on Sunday.
PETERBOROUGH suffered their first home defeat of the Premier League campaign on Friday to Ipswich before picking themselves up to continue their recent good form on their travels with a 46-44 away win at Newcastle.
Panthers Promoter Ged Rathbone said: “Beating a full-strength Newcastle team, full of riders who are excellent at Brough Park, is no mean feat.
“Everyone will be aware of how disappointed I felt on Friday, but I'm very proud of the response from our riders to pick up a fantastic result.”
PLYMOUTH will be looking to overturn a two-point deficit against Peterborough in their Premier League Knockout Cup Second Leg fixture this Thursday.
Devils Co-Promoter Ashley Taylor said: “We beat Peterborough on our way to the KO Cup semi-finals last season, now it is down to the side to ride as a team again.
“It is a very important meeting with a lot at stake and it is up to the guys to show what they can do.”
REDCAR have axed Rafal Konopka, but are yet to announce his replacement until the official paperwork is completed and approved by the sport's governing body.
Bears Team Manager Jitendra Duffill told The Gazette: “I am sad to see Rafal go but someone had to make way; Everyone has been saying we need to make changes but the only way to do that was by losing someone.
“Making a change is going to make us stronger, there's no doubt about that.”
RYE HOUSE narrowly missed out on a consolation league point at Workington on Saturday in a 50-42 defeat – despite riding the majority of the meeting with only five riders.
Rockets Team Manager John Sampford said: “Unfortunately, we lost Steve (Boxall) after his first ride, but I am proud of the boys for their fighting spirit; they never gave up.
“The five of them rode their hearts out to get us so close to that match point.”
SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey believes their home fixture against Glasgow this Friday will be “the match of the season so far.”
Said Godfrey: “In Nick Morris, Richard Lawson and Aaron Summers, they have three riders who are all of No.1 standard and the rest of their side are no slouches either.
“But I'm convinced if we ride like we did last week, we can beat them, but it's not going to be easy by any means.”
SHEFFIELD star Jason Garrity suffered last heat heartbreak at the British Final on Monday – but says he can't complain overall.
“Don't get me wrong I'm absolutely gutted I binned it in the final because I wanted to be British Champion and I wanted to be going to Cardiff, but that's speedway I guess.
“I had another fantastic night though and there's definitely plenty I can take from the British Final to push me on for the rest of the season.”
SOMERSET will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table when they travel to Ipswich on Thursday and host Workington on Friday.
Team Manager Garry May said: “I know that the boys are all raring to get back in action at the Oaktree Arena, but I am sure that Workington will give us a good test.
“They might currently be near the bottom of the league table, but with them having only ridden five matches, it's a bit of a false position so we will not be taking anything for granted come Friday night.”
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