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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 14th July 2015
BERWICK bounced back from last heat Premier League disappointment at home to Ipswich on Saturday by picking up a 48-42 away win at Rye House in their Knockout Cup Quarter-Final 1st Leg on Sunday.
Bandits team manager John Anderson said: “After the last three meetings, I don't think anyone could have dared to believe we were capable of leading by so much and taking the win by six was astounding.
“We really have the boost we needed but we have to build on this immediately.”
EDINBURGH have suffered further injury woe after No.1 Sam Masters broke a bone in has hand while on Elite League duty with Leicester on Saturday.
The Australian is expected to be sidelined for around a month while Rob Branford has suffered a further setback and could also be out of action for another four weeks.
Monarchs promoter Alex Harkess told the Edinburgh Evening News: “We have to consider the possibility of signing someone to cover for Rob; we know we won't find anyone who will score six or seven points but somebody who can get two or three points would be ideal.”
GLASGOW have announced plans to revamp their former Ashfield Classic individual event.
Tigers co-owner Peter Facenna said: “We have got the facility now and we want to really make this as good as we can.
“I think we'll have a strong field and we're offering great prize money; we want all the top riders there and to make it a spectacle.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are looking for a replacement for Dimitri Berge who has quit due to a loss of confidence.
IPSWICH gave their play-off hopes a major boost with two wins in the space of three days.
The Witches comfortably saw off a depleted Rye House side 58-35 before picking up a hard fought 48-42 win at Berwick on Saturday.
Team manager Phil Hilton said: “It was a very good win for us with plenty of positives – now we need to push this form on to Thursday when we face Edinburgh.”
NEWCASTLE's hopes of a play-off place were dealt a major blow as they slipped to a 48-41 home defeat to Sheffield on Sunday.
Diamonds team manager George English said: “It was a very disappointing night where we had too many individuals that didn't perform; we just weren't good enough on the night and were outdone by the quality of Sheffield's guests.
“We now have to get nine points from our next three meetings to keep our play-off hopes alive.”
PETERBOROUGH let an eight-point lead slip with just three races to go to lose 47-43 away at Scunthorpe on Friday.
Panthers promoter Ged Rathbone described it as a disappointing and frustrating night. He said: “It is a meeting we should never have lost, but it is another point closer to being in the play-offs.
“It seems to me that we are getting no decisions from referees and it is now starting to cost us points.”
PLYMOUTH look to end a run of three successive defeats when they host Workington in the Premier League this Friday.
Devils co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “We have been losing at home because we are not matching the visiting teams out of the gate; if the team all perform together, they are capable of getting the right results.
“There are no easy matches in this league, it is a case of giving every team full respect but we have to make sure we get out there and do the job properly.
REDCAR boss Jitendra Duffill says he was relieved his side's 48-45 win over Somerset will stand after the Rebels had a protest kicked out by the Speedway Control Bureau.
The controversy came after Matej Kus won heat eight on a rider replacement outing after a discrepancy over the rider averages.
Duffill told The Gazette: “Mistakes were made but nobody at the stadium picked them up before or during the meeting and we did everything in good faith and with the blessing of the referee.
“To come from ten points down and win against one of the best sides in the league was something we should have been celebrating; it proved again that we can match the best.”
RYE HOUSE's return to racing at Hoddesdon didn't go to plan as they slipped to a 48-42 defeat in the first leg of their Knockout Cup Quarter-Final first leg against Berwick.
Rockets team manager John Sampford said: “You have to remember that this was the Bandits fourth fixture in a week whereas we have pretty much been sitting idle during the 42 days we've been away from here.
“Now it's down to us to believe that the tie isn't over; yes it's going to be tough, but we've got to travel up to Shielfield Park with the right attitude and the self-belief and give it our very best shot.”
SCUNTHORPE have been boosted by the news that Josh Auty will return to their line-up for this Friday's home clash against Ipswich.
The club No.1 has been out of action for over two months after suffering a broken hand in May.
Scorpions promoter Rob Godfrey said: “It will be fantastic to have Josh back; he's such a quality act at Premier League level and he's always top entertainment value.
“He nearly came back last week against Peterborough, but he was sensible about it and gave himself another week.”
SHEFFIELD have snapped up Italian racer Paco Castagna.
The Tigers made the move as they suffered further injury troubles when Ashley Birks was ruled out for the season after suffering serious shoulder damage in last week's League Cup clash with Glasgow.
New-boy Castagna said: “To finally find a club that gives me a chance to start my British career is so good for me.
“I know Sheffield is a good team and promotion and to be with such a team it really is an honour.”
The club are also expecting to find out further news today on stand-in skipper Andre Compton who missed Sunday's win at Newcastle with a wrist injury.
SOMERSET will be aiming for three more Premier League points when they host Glasgow on Friday.
The Rebels will welcome back Charles Wright and Brady Kurtz to their line-up who both missed last weekend's Knockout Cup ties against Plymouth.
Team manager Garry May said: “Of course it will be great to have Brady back following his excellent display in the opening round of the World Under-21 Championship in Lonigo where he finished fifth against a very competitive line-up.
“So I hope the Somerset fans will turn out in force come Friday night, not only to cheer the team on, but also to give Brady the reception he richly deserves.”
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