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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 28th July 2015.
BERWICK bosses issued a public apology following the club's exit from the Knockout Cup on Saturday.
The Bandits held a six-point lead from their away leg, but slipped to a 50-40 home defeat to Rye House who had not won at Shielfield Park for nearly 40 years.
Berwick team manager John Anderson said: “The team fell woefully short of the mark in far too many departments and I can only sincerely apologise to supporters for what they had to endure.
“We fully understand how the fans feel and I can assure everyone we feel the same pain and despair as we've tried everything this season to get a winning side and still nothing has worked and we end up suffering a match like that.
In a later statement, Anderson said: “We really want new partners to join us to take the club forward, or we want to sell it on as a going concern to a suitable buyer.”
EDINBURGH snatched a last-gasp consolation league point as they went down 48-42 at Plymouth on Saturday.
A last heat 5-1 from Craig Cook and guest Brady Kurtz salvaged what could prove to be a vital addition to their league tally come the end of the season.
Monarchs promoter John Campbell said: “I'm sure we all felt we were capable of winning but the track was super-slick and if you missed the start and weren't clever enough to nip in on the second bend then you were basically a goner – it was a dreadfully disappointing meeting.”
GLASGOW have signed Czech Republic rider Hynek Stichauer as their new reserve to replace the outgoing Dimitri Berge.
Tigers team boss Stewart Dickson said: “He (Stichauer) has always been in the main body of teams; he got a wee injury and lost his place at Berwick but we're hopeful he can come in and do a job.
“We're not asking him to score sevens, eights and nines, if he rides to his average he'll keep the balance of the team which is important.
“We've managed to skip July pretty unscathed but it's getting a bit tight so we need to strengthen.”
IPSWICH fell to their third home defeat of the season as they went down 47-43 to Glasgow on Thursday.
The meeting was a big blow for the Witches who were looking to bolster their current play-off place position but an injury to reserve Stefan Nielsen the previous night created a much tougher task for the Foxhall outfit.
Team manager Phil Hilton said: “Too many inconsistencies and last places cost us dear and if this doesn't get sorted out we will continue to struggle to get the desired results.”
NEWCASTLE manager George English will have team decisions to make ahead of their Premier League trip to Rye House this Saturday.
Christian Henry is still struggling with a serious back injury which he sustained just over a week ago in a high-speed crash at Workington.
Meanwhile, Lewis Rose, who was recently replaced by Tero Aarnio, has received confirmation that he has a broken scaphoid and could be out of action for at least another month.
PETERBOROUGH promoter Ged Rathbone has praised the sport's governing body ahead of this Sunday's Premier League Fours tournament.
The BSPA have granted the event hosts special dispensation due to their current injury woes.
Said Rathbone: “I applaud and thank the BSPA for giving us permission to track Robert (Lambert) and Emil (Grondal).
“We now hope to be able to field a team worthy of such an occasion and capable of challenging to win the club's first trophy for some time.”
PLYMOUTH have snapped up James Wright and expect him to make his debut in this Saturday's home clash with Somerset.
Devils co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “The signing of Wright should give us a big push to the end of the season in our bid for a top six finish to reach the play-offs.
“We need to win our home matches and we hope the fans will support us in good numbers to help push us over the line.”
REDCAR's 37-35 Knockout Cup home win over Edinburgh came at a cost with injuries to two of their key riders.
Jan Gravesen suffered severe bruising while Bears No.1 Lasse Bjerre has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2015 season after sustaining a severely dislocated hip.
Redcar chief Brian Havelock told The Gazette: “The hip bone came right out of the socket and they operated at 2.30 am.
“The news is that he may have to lay on his back for eight to ten weeks and could still need another operation during that time.”
RYE HOUSE are through to the semi-finals of the Knockout Cup after picking up a win against all the odds away at Berwick.
The Rockets trailed by six-points from the first leg and had lost their previous six meetings. But that run came to an end after a 50-40 victory saw them win at Shielfield Park for the first time in 38 years.
Team manager John Sampford said: “All the boys put in a superb effort and they always believed they could pull off the result right from heat one.
“They proved that this team can come back from adversity and pull off the result on a totally different circuit and under different riding conditions.”
SCUNTHORPE will be without Josh Auty and Ben Wilson for their trip to Ipswich this Thursday.
Auty re-broke his hand in their home meeting against the Witches earlier this month while Wilson suffered a broken pelvis during a guest appearance at Sheffield last week.
The Scorpions have booked club assets Thomas Jorgensen and Matt Williamson for this week's meeting at Foxhall.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “I lost count of the number of riders I spoke with over the weekend but none of them could commit to our final nine meetings; making countless phone calls is not an enjoyable part of the job by any means.”
SHEFFIELD boss Jack Lee has praised Arthur Sissis after he secured his first ever maximum in British Speedway last Thursday.
The Australian picked up a full 15-points from five rides in a confidence boosting challenge meeting against Cradley.
Lee told the Sheffield Star: “It was just what Arthur needed because every now and again he gets a bit down and he lets his head drop so a boost like that is just what the doctor ordered.
“Hopefully it will now stand him in good stead when he comes up against the Premier League boys for the rest of the season.”
SOMERSET will be looking to defend the Premier League Fours title at Peterborough this Sunday.
Rebels team manager Garry May said: “Looking at the line-ups I think we have as good a chance as anyone of winning, but it is the type of meeting where one piece of bad luck can really scupper your chances.
“The main thing is to avoid running those last places and to keep your side of the score-chart continually ticking over and we should be there or thereabouts come the final reckoning as we strive to keep the Fours trophy residing at the Oaktree Arena.”
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Last Updated : Tue 28 Jul 2015, 23:50 UK