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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 18th August 2015
BERWICK suffered back-to-back defeats at the weekend to see any faint hopes of a play-off place disappear.
The Bandits went down by one-point at home to Sheffield and despite losing 53-37 away at Newcastle, team manager John Anderson was still “pleased” with his side.
Said Anderson: “Early on we showed some good bite, especially Thomas (Jorgensen) who certainly showed why he's won the number one jacket. Coty found himself on a massive learning curve on a track like that but I'm sure the experience has done him good.”
EDINBURGH are looking to pull further clear at the top of the Premier League with two meetings in two days against potential play-off rivals.
The Monarchs travel to Sheffield on Thursday before hosting Somerset on Friday – a meeting that club director Brian Gray is urging the Edinburgh fans to turn out in big numbers.
Said Gray: “The Rebels will be eager to get revenge for that match (last year's Grand Final) and our spectacular win down there the other week.
“There's no way this is going to be a stroll in the park for us and the boys need your support.
“If ever there was a fixture to bring someone along with you then this is it!”
GLASGOW favourite Richard Lawson missed out on a prize of £10,000 on the final bend of the Peugeot International Speedway Championship on Sunday.
The Tigers No.5 led the grand final for three-and-three-quarter laps until Edinburgh's Craig Cook blasted around the outside to snatch victory on the run to the line.
Said Lawson: “I probably rode a bit too defensively; he had come under me on the lap before so I went there - he sold me the dummy and got round me.
“It was either go really, really wide and leave myself vulnerable or go tight and leave myself open to letting him round.
“It was a catch 22 but it is what it is and it was still a good meeting.”
IPSWICH travel to Somerset tonight in a big meeting concerning the Premier League play-offs.
The Witches currently occupy sixth place, just two-points in front of Plymouth, but an away win this evening could see them move to within two-points of tonight's opponents.
Ipswich will be looking for a much more positive result after a heavy 56-34 League Cup Semi-Final defeat against Edinburgh last Friday.
NEWCASTLE made it three home wins on the spin with a 53-37 victory over Berwick on Sunday.
Just four-points separated the two sides with eight heats gone, but a dominant second half from the Diamonds saw them race to another comfortable looking victory at Brough Park.
Team manager George English said: “I am delighted with our all-round performance; Berwick put in a good effort and were helped by the strong performance of their guests but in the end it was a good win with some entertaining racing.”
PETERBOROUGH are sweating on the fitness of stand-in captain Lewis Blackbird after crashing while on Elite League duty with Wolverhampton.
The Panthers have had an injury plagued campaign throughout and with teenage sensation Robert Lambert currently out of action, promoter Ged Rathbone says they need to closely monitor Blackbird's situation.
“Hopefully it's nothing too serious – we certainly can't afford to be hit with any more injuries as we prepare for the most important spell of our season.”
PLYMOUTH will be looking to continue their recent good form and break into the Premier League play-off places when they face Redcar this Thursday.
The Devils picked up a 54-38 win over Rye House last week despite being without Ryan Fisher and team manager Lee Trigger is targeting another win with his side back at full strength.
Said Trigger: “It was good to get a convincing win against the Rockets and score 50-plus points again.
“Although we were operating rider replacement for Ryan Fisher, we still had six riders capable of winning races and that should give us confidence to take away to Redcar; we are working as a team and the results are showing.”
REDCAR's struggles continued as a depleted side suffered a devastating 61-29 away defeat at Workington.
The Bears were forced to use three guests as well as rider replacement while Matej Kus rode through illness.
Bears chief Brian Havelock told the Gazette: “We were up against it from the start; there really weren't many high spots.
“Robbo (Stuart Robson) has told me he wants to be back for Thursday's home match against Plymouth and we haven't ruled Adam Roynon out yet.”
RYE HOUSE returned to winning ways with a 51-42 home victory against Workington on Sunday.
The Rockets were inspired by yet another paid maximum from captain Edward Kennett who was delighted with how the afternoon went.
Said Kennett: “It was hard work at Plymouth on Friday, but I'm glad we got thing back on track as a team and got the result.
“I felt I had plenty of speed all day and that makes it so much easier to come from the back.
“All my equipment this year has been fantastic and I felt really confident and comfortable on the bike.”
SCUNTHORPE are targeting a home win against Berwick this Friday as they look to move off the foot of the Premier League table.
It's been a torrid season for the Scorpions but they are looking to finish their season on a high to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “We've been saying for a few weeks that we want to avoid finishing bottom because no-one wants to finish in that position.
“If we can take three points for the win on Friday and send Berwick home without a single point, it could go a long way to making sure we get off the bottom before the end of the season.”
SHEFFIELD picked up a stunning 42-41 away win at Berwick on Saturday to bolster their play-off hopes – but the victory came at a cost yet again.
Reserve Arthur Sissis picked up a collarbone injury as he became the latest addition to an ever-growing injury list for the Tigers.
Co-promoter Damien Bates said: “It's shocking news for Arthur who was brilliant at Berwick.
“I can't quite believe what's happening this season – if we didn't have bad luck we wouldn't have any!
“Once again we are going to have to make changes to keep our play-off push going.”
SOMERSET are looking to return to form at the start of a busy spell as they aim to secure an end of season play-off spot.
The Rebels have four meetings in six days in what could be a defining week for the Oaktree Arena outfit.
Somerset have won just one of their last five meetings, but team boss Garry May hopes to get back on the winning trail when they host Ipswich tonight.
Said May: “Ipswich are going to provide tough opposition and they will be looking to pick up points in order to keep themselves in the hunt for a play-off place.
“We will be looking to bounce back in the best possible way with not only a win but to do so with a good all-round team performance.”
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Last Updated : Tue 18 Aug 2015, 17:00 UK