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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 11th August 2015
BERWICK are still looking for further support to ensure the survival of the club after the 2015 season.
Bandits promoter John Anderson told the Berwick Advertiser: “No matter what we try to do, we get so dispirited when some sad folk still criticise use because injuries have decimated a good team and we're losing matches while replacement riders, good new assets, are finding their feet in British racing; well I invite these critics to put up or shut up.
“Let me say this, I will do everything in my power, explore every possible avenue to stop speedway closing down at Berwick.”
The Bandits return to Premier League action after a three week break this Saturday at home to Sheffield.
EDINBURGH recovered from a narrow one-point home defeat to Peterborough by gaining revenge on the Panthers in the reverse fixture as well as an impressive win away at Rye House.
Monarchs club director Brian Gray said: “After the little hiccup on Friday, I was looking for five league points from our southern trip but to get eight is amazing!
“I suspected we would do well at Rye House but turning over Peterborough on their own turf and getting revenge for the home defeat surprised more than a few folk I think!”
GLASGOW team manager Stewart Dickson has praised his team's form following Sunday's comprehensive 62-28 home victory over Redcar.
Said Dickson: “We're winning races because confidence is high. The guys are going out expecting to win races, that's the key, so it's good when you win and everyone is happy.
“Everyone is important; Hynek Stichauer got six paid seven. I know it's only Redcar and there were a few eyebrows raised when we signed him, but he's riding the track properly and he's doing well.
“The team spirit is excellent and he's fitted in.”
IPSWICH couldn't follow up a stylish 58-35 home win over Workington as they went down 54-39 away at Plymouth the following night.
Speaking after their trip down south, Witches team manager Phil Hilton said: “It was a tough meeting against a side that has recently strengthened and had good wins home and away against Somerset so their confidence was high.
“We now have to re-group before we face Edinburgh in the League Cup Semi-Final on Friday.”
NEWCASTLE team manager George English commended his side following their 53-39 Premier League victory over Workington on Sunday.
Said English: “It was a very good win and a solid all round team performance.
“Tero Aarnio was a hero with his performance and could have done more rides if we had needed him to but he battled through the meeting with a rib injury.
“It wasn't an easy night with the circumstances surrounding Lewis Kerr but the team pulled together and performed well.”
PETERBOROUGH boss Carl Johnson admits he was frustrated with his side after their 49-41 home defeat to Edinburgh on Sunday.
The Panthers were full of confidence going into the meeting, after battling their way to a hard-fought 45-44 away win against the Monarchs on Friday, but couldn't hold off the Scottish outfit in the return leg.
Said Johnson: “The win at Edinburgh now means nothing and that is very frustrating after the performance we produced up there.
“No team likes losing at home – this is the fifth time it has happened this season and that is far too many
“The riders know they have let themselves and the fans down again, but we will re-group and aim to come back firing again as we have done so often this season.”
PLYMOUTH will be looking to make it five wins on the spin when they host Rye House on Friday.
The Devils have put a great run of form together which has seen them close the gap on sixth placed Ipswich and a play-off place is well within their grasp.
They face a Rye House side who have lost seven of their eight meetings on the road this season but co-promoter Ashley Taylor is warning against any complacency. Said Taylor: “You can never say anything is easy in the Premier League.
“We have to make sure that our team is strong and at it's best irrespective of the opposition.”
REDCAR suffered three successive defeats in a disappointing week for the Bears.
The Teeside outfit suffered heavy losses away at Somerset and Glasgow as well as going down 51-42 at home to the Tigers.
Speaking after Thursday's home defeat, team manager Jitendra Duffill told The Gazette: “We won't take the defeat too badly as a lot of teams are going to get on the wrong end of them.
“There was a lot of good racing and a lot of positives to take from it.
“Jonas (B. Anderson) has scored points from his arrival and has been tremendous – hopefully he'll become an asset of the club and someone we'll be watching for years to come.”
RYE HOUSE team manager John Sampford conceded his side were simply beaten by a better team as they suffered a 52-40 home defeat against Edinburgh on Saturday.
Said Sampford: “It was always going to be a hard match – even without Sam Masters and Erik Riss, the Monarchs looked strong before the word go.
“They are not League, Cup and League Cup winners for nothing, they have retained the nucleus of that side in 2015 and augmented it well.
Having Nikolaj (Busk Jakobsen) available and a fully fit Edward (Kennett) after Heat 1 would have made a difference, but whether it would have been enough I really don't know.”
SCUNTHORPE have snapped up Danish prospect Andreas Lyager as a replacement for the injured Ben Wilson.
The 17-year-old joins the Scorpions on an assessed 7.00 average and subject to BSPA approval, he will make his debut at the Eddie Wright Raceway against Redcar this Friday.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: "Andreas is mad keen to ride for us and we've decided to give him a chance.
"Andreas has got the rest of the season to gain a bit of experience on British tracks and whatever he scores is a bonus.
"A massive plus is that Andreas coming into the side pushes Alex Davies down to reserve, alongside Nike Lunna, which gives us a lot of strength at reserve for our remaining six meetings."
SHEFFIELD picked up another important win to keep them in the play-off places after seeing off Scunthorpe 53-40 at Owlerton last Thursday.
The victory moved them ten-points clear of seventh placed Workington and five-points clear of Ipswich in sixth to open up some breathing space.
Tigers team manager Jack Lee said: “We dipped a couple of times and it wasn't a perfect performance, but Brady (Kurtz) and Jason (Garrity) were both tremendous and they came up trumps for us when it mattered in heats 13 and 15.”
SOMERSET host league leaders Edinburgh in front of the television cameras tonight in a crucial Premier League clash.
The Rebels will be looking for three league points to strengthen their current position in the play-off places in front of what is expected to be a bumper crowd at The Oaktree Arena.
Team manager Garry May said: “The past few seasons have seen us have some epic battles against Edinburgh and I am sure tonight's match will prove to be no different.
“Edinburgh come to the Oaktree in a rich vein of form, but the Somerset boys are well up for this meeting.”
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