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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 21st July 2015
BERWICK endured a tough weekend with back-to-back defeats against their two Scottish rivals.
The Bandits went down 54-38 at home to Edinburgh on Saturday before losing 58-34 at Glasgow on Sunday.
The Shielfield outfit will be looking to hold on to their six-point lead over Rye House in the home leg of their Premier League Knockout Cup tie this Saturday.
EDINBURGH picked up six-points on their travels last week to return to the top of the Premier League table.
The Monarchs secured a hard-fought 45-45 draw in an entertaining encounter at Ipswich before an impressive team display saw them race to a 54-38 victory at Scottish rivals Berwick.
Reserve Max Clegg told the Edinburgh Evening News: “Berwick have got a very good home advantage because their track is so big and it can be a difficult place to go for some riders and teams and that underlined the importance that win had for me.
“Now we are top of the league again, I think that gives us a psychological advantage over our rivals who might fear us a bit more.”
GLASGOW had a busy week with four meetings in four days and were happy with their performances and results overall.
In the Premier League, they bounced back from a heavy 58-32 defeat at Somerset in perfect style by picking up a 51-39 away win at Rye House before seeing off rivals Berwick 58-34 at Ashfield on Sunday.
Not only did they move into joint third in the second tier, they also progressed through to the next round of the League Cup after holding off a second leg charge from Sheffield.
Popular racer Richard Lawson said: “Unfortunately we've got not got all seven riders but we've got a good team spirit here and we're still winning matches, that's the main thing.”
IPSWICH gave their play-off chances a big boost by bagging four Premier League points from their two meetings last week.
The Witches battled their way to a 45-45 home draw against Edinburgh before edging a 47-43 win in a controversial meeting at Scunthorpe.
Ipswich team manager Phil Hilton said: “It's a shame about all the incidents and the one between Rohan (Tungate) and Josh (Auty) caused a lengthy stoppage, but if you put all that aside, the track was in excellent condition and it produced some very good racing for the fans.
“That was a very hard fought meeting but we got there in the end with everyone chipping in for the win.”
NEWCASTLE ended a run of three straight defeats with another powerful home victory over Scunthorpe for the second time in the space of three weeks.
The Diamonds included new signing Tero Aarnio in their line-up as they romped to a 60-33 win over the Scorpions.
Newcastle team manager George English said: “I was very pleased with how the team performed; we were solid throughout and Lewis Kerr was superb.
“We had been looking to bring Tero in for a few weeks and the unfortunate injury to Lewis Rose has enabled us to make the change now; I was happy with how Aarnio fitted in and we are looking forward to watching how he gets on in the next few weeks.”
PETERBOROUGH are sweating on the fitness of two of their riders ahead of this weekend's trips to Workington and Glasgow.
Simon Lambert crashed on Monday during an individual meeting at Kent while Lewis Blackbird is still struggling with a back injury he sustained just under two months ago.
Panthers promoter Ged Rathbone said: “Lewis is going to London to have some work done on his back. It is a waiting game for us at the moment, but we are not going to put Lewis under any pressure to return until he feels right.
Meanwhile team boss Carl Johnson said: “Simon told me he is in a fair bit of shoulder pain and has a suspected dislocation.
“We've all got our fingers crossed for good news as we certainly can't afford to lose a rider who has been fantastic for us throughout the season.
PLYMOUTH will welcome back No.1 Ryan Fisher to their line-up for the visit of Edinburgh this Friday.
The Devils will be looking to build on last week's 50-40 victory over Workington when they host the Premier League leaders.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor says: “We will not be put off by the fact that Edinburgh are top of the table; we can match the best in the league as long as we do what we have to do.
“There is ability in the Plymouth side with six riders capable of producing a good result, it is just a case that we have to control the meetings and that means making our percentage share of the starts.”
REDCAR picked up their fourth win in five meetings with a hard-fought 50-43 victory over rivals Newcastle.
Bears team manager Jitendra Duffill told The Gazette: “Credit must go to Newcastle for fighting back in the middle of the meeting after we got away to a terrific start but we threw a lot of points away ourselves.
“Since the arrival of Jonas (B. Andersen) we have proved that we are a match for anyone at home and the aim has now got to be to start picking up points away too.
“It's a shame that we are already over half way through the season; making the play-offs is not impossible, but we'd need to pick up a few wins away from home and probably need a few other results to go our way as well so it would be very difficult.”
RYE HOUSE suffered a fifth straight defeat as they went down 51-39 at home to Glasgow on Saturday.
Rockets team manager John Sampford said: “Glasgow are a quality side as they've shown with their results this season; we were beaten by the better team on the day, it was as simple as that.
“Edward (Kennett) and Nikolaj (Busk Jakobsen) were at the races and Anders (Mellgren) was also in there but we badly missed Kasper (Lykke) and we struggled elsewhere.
“We desperately need Kasper back – that will take the pressure off the other guys.”
SCUNTHORPE suffered a narrow 47-43 home defeat to Ipswich on Friday, but have appealed against the decision to allow Witches rider Rohan Tungate to continue racing after a controversial incident.
Tungate collided with Scunthorpe's Josh Auty after the conclusion of Heat 10 which left the Scorpions No.1 with a broken hand in his comeback meeting for the club.
Team manager Dave Peet said: “We're not in this to cause problems for the Ipswich Witches.
“A rider cannot be seen to seemingly take the law into his own hands; it may have been done in the heat of the moment but it's still unacceptable.
“We have a rider who could be sitting on the sidelines for the rest of the season because of it and what we're primarily after is justice for that.”
SHEFFIELD made it eight meetings unbeaten at home in all competitions with a 49-41 win over Glasgow last Thursday – but it wasn't enough to see them qualify through to the next round of the League cup.
The Tigers put in a determined display but went down by six-points on aggregate.
Team manager Jack Lee said: “We thought we had a chance of making up the points but unfortunately Glasgow knew what they had to do and we just couldn't get any sort of lead in the first half of the meeting.
“All the boys gave it their all and we did well to come away with a win on the night.
“Unfortunately 14-points was just too much and it's a shame because if we hadn't have had those injuries in the first leg it might have been a different story.”
SOMERSET host Ipswich this Friday in a big battle between two of this year's major play-off contenders.
The Rebels will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record at The Oaktree Arena this year with what would be another big win over the Witches.
Somerset team manager Garry May said: “It goes without saying that we will be looking for not only the win in order to gain another three league points, but to also send Ipswich away from the Oaktree with nothing to show for their troubles.
“With (Danny) King and (Rohan) Tungate having recently won the Pairs Championship at the Oaktree Arena, we know that it is going to be another tough match for us, but one that I feel we are more than capable of winning.”
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Last Updated : Tue 21 Jul 2015, 17:26 UK