Premier League News from all our rivals
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 30th June 2015
BERWICK extended their unbeaten run to three meetings with an impressive 57-35 victory over Scottish rivals Glasgow.
It was a solid, all-round team performance from the Bandits with five of their six riders bagging paid double-figures.
Team Manager John Anderson said: “I don't know anyone who would have bet money on us scoring anything like that against what is a very good side, but credit to our lads who rode out a hard race to get exactly what was deserved.”
EDINBURGH moved joint-top of the Premier League table after picking up a consolation point at Redcar before thrashing Plymouth 64-28 at home on Friday. The Monarchs sit level on points with Somerset, but currently occupy top-spot with a +4 points difference over the Rebels. Club Director Alex Harkess told the Edinburgh Evening News: “It was one of those where Plymouth arrived without a full team and we were under no real pressure but it was good to get back to winning ways after missing out at Redcar.”
GLASGOW are looking to bounce back from their heaviest defeat of the season so far by securing a healthy first-leg cup lead against Sheffield tonight.
The Tigers went down 57-35 at Berwick on Saturday on a night to forget for the Ashfield men.
Glasgow host their Sheffield Tiger rivals in the League Cup this evening and will be looking to replicate a similar performance to their 13-point league win over the Owlerton outfit last month.
IPSWICH will hand a debut to new reserve Ashley Morris against his former club Plymouth this Thursday.
The Witches moved to sign the 21-year-old to replace Ritchie Hawkins who had been struggling since picking up an injury earlier in the season.
Promoter Chris Louis said: “The couple of times I have seen him (Morris) this year I have been very impressed and his Elite League experience with King's Lynn will stand him well.”
NEWCASTLE picked up their biggest win of the season with a 63-26 victory over Scunthorpe in the Knockout Cup.
Nine, 5-1 maximum heat advantages helped the Diamonds overturn a 16-point deficit to go through to the next round of the competition.
Team Manager George English said: “The team rode very well and they used their heads and skill to ensure that we continued the night as we started it and didn't allow Scunthorpe back in.”
PETERBOROUGH have signed Swedish star Jacob Thorssell to boost their Premier League chances.
Promoter Ged Rathbone said: “We felt we had to react after a couple of home defeats in recent days and this deal highlights our ambitions.
“Jacob is a very highly-rated rider with plenty of top-level experience both in this country and in his homeland; he is a proven performer who expects to do very well in the Premier League.”
PLYMOUTH will be looking to build on their outstanding 47-43 win at Peterborough when they travel to Ipswich on Thursday.
An away win for the Devils would see them leapfrog their opponents and put them back in contention for Premier League play-off place.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “It has not been a happy hunting ground for us in the past but we have to go up there and get on with it.”
REDCAR battled their way to a stunning 47-43 home win against reigning champions Edinburgh to end a run of eight straight defeats.
Team boss Jitendra Duffill told the Gazette: “All the boys dug really deep all night; we've got to build on that because it was certainly a step in the right direction.
“I know we wouldn't have been fancied to win the meeting but it just shows what one signing can do – it completely changed the side around.”
RYE HOUSE are still awaiting further news on the recurrence of the shoulder injury which is keeping Steve Boxall on the sidelines.
Co-Promoter Len Silver said: “With a six to eight week waiting list to have this (MRI Scan) carried out via the NHS, a group of supporters kindly clubbed together so that he could have it done privately and of course much more quickly.
“Steve is still suffering some pain from the injury but is hopeful that the news will be good for him to return pretty quickly.”
SCUNTHORPE have been boosted by the news that two of their key riders could return to action over the next few weeks.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “Ryan (Douglas) could possibly be back for our trip to Redcar on Thursday evening; the final decision will be up to him.
“Josh (Auty) is targeting his comeback for the home clash against the Panthers so fingers crossed, we will be tracking seven of our own riders on that night for the first time in what seems an age.”
SHEFFIELD are confident of giving themselves every chance of reaching the League Cup Final when they head to Glasgow tonight.
Tigers Co-Promoter Damien Bates said: “We're confident with the good form we've been showing we can go there and give a good account of ourselves.
“We'll be aiming to keep it close and give us a chance of going through on aggregate when they come back to Sheffield.”
SOMERSET have snapped up Oliver Greenwood after being released by Peterborough and he will now come into their line-up to replace Benji Compton.
Team Manager Garry May said: “It just hasn't happened for Benji since he joined us and it had put more pressure on our other reserve Paul Starke.
“Ollie was in my original 1-7 but working hours meant he could not take his place – this is now longer an issue so I jumped at the chance to sign Ollie.”
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Last Updated : Tue 30 Jun 2015, 22:53 UK