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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 25th August 2015
BERWICK continue to linger at the foot of the Premier League table after suffering three defeats in three days.
The Bandits suffered a heavy 60-30 loss away at Ipswich and a disappointing 56-37 home defeat to Somerset either side of going down 49-44 at Scunthorpe on Friday.
The Scottish outfit are now without a win in their last eight meetings in all competitions.
Team manager John Anderson said: “There's not much of our season left, but I'd like to think we might make a decent stab at a win or two before we shut up shop for the 2015 season.”
EDINBURGH gave their table-topping hopes a major boost with a 55-35 home win over Somerset last Friday.
It was another dominant performance from the Monarchs at Armadale who are desperate to retain the Premier League title they won in 2014.
The meeting against the Rebels saw the return of Sam Masters after a six week lay-off. Masters told the Edinburgh Evening News: “I felt a bit nervous before the meeting but that win in heat seven helped me a lot to settle down; it's great to be back.”
GLASGOW's hopes of a first place finish suffered a huge blow as they went down 47-42 at home to play-off rivals Somerset.
It was the Tigers' first home defeat in seven meetings and they now find themselves eight-points behind Scottish rivals Edinburgh.
Glasgow's attentions now turn to the Premier League Knockout Cup as they go head-to-head with Newcastle both home and away this Sunday.
IPSWICH kept their play-off chances well and truly alive with a 46-44 away victory at Rye House on Saturday
The Witches currently occupy the final play-off spot and sit nine-points clear of Plymouth.
Team manager Phil Hilton said: “All in all it was a good team performance to take the win.
“Last league points available have to be secured on Thursday and then it's a waiting game to see if anyone overtakes us in the table!”
NEWCASTLE boss George English praised his track staff following their 61-31 home victory over Redcar.
Heavy downpours prior to the meeting had put the fixture in serious doubt, but tireless work was put in as the Diamonds raced to one of their biggest victories of the season.
Said English: “They pumped 23,000 gallons of water off the track and they still managed to produce a great racing surface.
“It was another comfortable home win that gives us plenty of confidence to take into our big cup match against Glasgow.”
PETERBOROUGH new-boy Ben Barker secured a 12-point maximum on his debut during their 51-41 home win against Newcastle.
Barker has been out of action for just over two months but showed a usual performance of grit and determination to impress on his debut.
Said Barker: “I was pretty nervous coming back from a bad injury but I managed to win my first race which was the target and I got faster and to get a maximum was great.
“There were some positive and some negative comments made about the decision to bring me in, but hopefully I showed everyone what I'm about.”
PLYMOUTH are targeting a sixth straight home victory when they host Newcastle on Friday.
The Devils sit nine-points behind sixth placed Ipswich, but have four meetings in hand over the Witches and know that every single point is going to be crucial.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “We still have 17-points to play for and it could be that we will need 13-points.
“When we start our final run on Friday we will know just what we need to do. What matters is that it will be in our own hands and we will have everything to ride for.”
REDCAR boss Jitendra Duffill has tipped Jonas B Andersen to be a star for the Bears for years to come.
The Danish rider has made a big impression since joining the club in June and has quickly become a fans favourite.
Duffill told The Gazette: “Jonas has been one of the highlights of the season for me; the lad never gives up, he always gives everything; you wonder where we'd be without him at the moment!”
RYE HOUSE slipped to a narrow 46-44 defeat at home to Ipswich on Saturday.
In an entertaining meeting, a stunning 18-point maximum from captain Edward Kennett enough to stop the Rockets falling to their fourth home loss of the season.
Team manager John Sampford said: “It was a struggle for us apart from Eddie who was head and shoulders above everybody else and leading from the front.
“Everybody else had their problems; I'm almost lost for words because there was so much effort going in, but for some it just wasn't working.”
SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey has described next Monday's home meeting against rivals Sheffield as “huge.”
The Scorpions currently sit bottom of the Premier League – something they hope a win over the Tigers can help them avoid come the end of the season.
Said Godfrey: “We are again after the points in our quest to avoid that spot while there is local pride on the line too.
“The Sheffield fans will be buoyed by their results against us so far this year but hopefully we can spoil the party on what's going to be a huge afternoon!”
SHEFFIELD reserve Arthur Sissis says he is “disappointed” his injury came as he was hitting the best form of his short career.
The Australian rider suffered a serious shoulder injury during the Tigers' away meeting at Berwick just over a week ago and is still unsure how long he will be out of action.
Sissis told The Star: “The last few weeks had been really good; after that Cradley match that we had I've done well at home getting my fastest time around Sheffield and then I went away with Redcar to Glasgow and scored paid ten-points.
“We've got three more league meetings and we've had our share of injuries but hopefully they can find someone good to replace me and make the play-offs.”
SOMERSET boss Garry May has challenged his side to continue their recent spell of good form in their home fixture against Peterborough this Friday.
Said May: “After picking up those seven-points last weekend, we have put ourselves back into contention for a second placed finish in the league table so Friday's match now has even greater significance for us.
“The boys are all on a high following last weekend's superb performances at Berwick and Glasgow and are in no mood to let all that good work go to waste.”
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