Premier League News from our rivals!
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 1st September 2015
BERWICK ended their run of eight matches without a win as they overcame Workington 50-43 in a hard fought home battle on Saturday.
Guest Ryan Fisher played a pivotal role in the Bandits' win, dropping just one paid point to the opposition from six rides.
Despite slipping to another heavy defeat in the reverse fixture the following day, team manager John Anderson was keen to focus on the positives. Speaking after Saturday's victory he said: “This was more like it and our side finally took a deserved win – our first for quite a while!
“We will try and make as decent an end to the season as we can.
EDINBURGH have secured their place as Premier League top-dogs as the end-of-season play-offs fast approach.
The Monarchs' meeting at home to Berwick was called off late last Friday, but Peterborough's defeat away at Somerset meant that no-one can catch the Scottish outfit at the top.
It's another big week for the Armadale side who travel to Ipswich in the League Cup on Thursday before hosting Newcastle in the Knockout Cup the following night.
GLASGOW No.1 Richard Lawson says there's no need for his team to panic as the end-of-season play-offs loom.
The Tigers were dumped out of the Knockout Cup at the weekend a week after suffering a narrow home defeat to Premier League rivals Somerset.
But Lawson is confident his side will return to winning ways. He said: “We'll get on top of it; everyone's really cool about things and they're not dropping their heads.
“I think most people can see that we haven't been riding badly – there have been circumstances out of our hands.
“I'm not concerned at all because it's not something that's going to continue!”
IPSWICH rounded off their scheduled league fixtures with an impressive 61-29 victory over Peterborough last Thursday.
The win means that the Witches currently sit nine-points clear of Plymouth in the chase for the final play-off place, but it's the Foxhall men who will now have to sit and wait and hope for a slip-up from their challengers.
Team manager Phil Hilton said: “We have to wait for them to finish their remaining fixtures before we know if we have done enough to secure that last place – not ideal but we have brought it on ourselves!
“It's a pity we couldn't have ridden like the last two weeks for more of the season as we would already be in the play-offs then!”
NEWCASTLE boss George English has praised his side and says it's important that they have booked their place in the Premier League Knockout Cup Semi-Finals.
The Diamonds put in two determined displays in home and away fixtures on Sunday to secure a 98-81 aggregate victory over Glasgow.
The Tynesiders will now face Edinburgh in the last four.
Said English: “I'm very pleased with the all-round team performance over both legs.
“We are riding very well at home at the moment and it is very rare that the whole team gets paid for double figures like they did.
“The team knew how important it was for the fans to progress to the next round and keep our chance of silverware for this season alive.”
PETERBOROUGH captain Ulrich Ostergaard has described the signing of Anders Thomsen as a “major boost” for the club as the business end of the season looms.
The Danish star proved his exciting potential at the weekend by being crowned the Under-21 European Champion.
Said Ostergaard: “His scores for his clubs in Denmark and Poland have been very good and he has done really well in individual meetings.
“I'm sure he will entertain and excite the fans; he is really quick and loves to pass people so our track should be great for him.”
PLYMOUTH will be looking to make it seven home wins on the spin when they host Berwick on Friday.
The Devils romped to an impressive 65-27 victory over Newcastle last Friday to keep their play-off push going.
The St Boniface men linger just outside of the play-off places as things stand and need ten-points from a remaining possible 14 to overhaul Ipswich.
REDCAR let vital Premier League points slip as a late collapse saw them suffer a 47-43 home defeat to Sheffield last Thursday.
Bears boss Jitendra Duffill has called upon his riders to re-group quickly to avoid finishing bottom of the table.
Duffill told The Gazette: “Unfortunately we only have a couple of meetings left but we're still desperate to steer clear of that wooden spoon.
“That means this Thursday's match against Workington is a must win then who finishes bottom could all depend on who wins Friday's match at Scunthorpe.”
RYE HOUSE have swooped for teenage sensation Robert Lambert after he was recently released by Peterborough.
Club owner Warren Scott is delighted to have secured Lambert's signature for the remainder of the season. He said: “It's virtually an understatement to say I am delighted and proud to have such an exceptional young talent as Robert on board.
“His achievements to date speak for themselves and we all know what his full potential could be.
“Robert is just one part of our plans for the future in what we see as being very exciting times.”
SCUNTHORPE moved off the foot of the Premier League table with a 49-41 Bank Holiday victory over local rivals Sheffield.
The Scorpions came out on top in tough conditions, much to the delight of team manager Dave Peet.
He said: “It's nice to move off the bottom but to be honest I don't feel we've deserved to be down there – we've had a lot of bad luck this year!
“The team spirit and determination of this side is not one that deserves to finish bottom.
“But we're not going to get giddy; we have a job to do in the crucial meeting against Redcar on Friday to consolidate our position.”
SHEFFIELD's run of five successive wins came to an end as they went down 49-42 at local rivals Scunthorpe on Monday.
But with the play-offs fast approaching, co-promoter Damien Bates was keen to focus on the positives.
Said Bates: “Jason (Garrity) justified his place at No.1 with a great performance, Paco (Castagna) rode much better at reserve and David Bellego has started to kick on now so there were plenty of positives to take from it.
“The track conditions weren't ideal and I think that went against us a little bit; in normal conditions I think we could well have got the win.”
SOMERSET travel to Peterborough on Saturday for their final league fixture of the season – but before that they renew their old rivalry against Exeter.
A special challenge meeting has been arranged at The Oaktree Arena this Friday with a bumper crowd expected.
Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock said: “Some of the riders might be young in years, but they've already shown to be stars of the sport in titles they have won between them.
“There have been some classic encounters (between Somerset and Exeter) and Friday night's match has all the makings of following in those tyre-tracks.”
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