Premier League News from our rivals!
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 8th September 2015
BERWICK rounded off their Premier League home campaign with their biggest win of the season - 64-29 against Rye House.
Bandits team manager John Anderson said: "If only we could have turned out this sort of result week in week out and avoided the injuries then our season could have had a totally different look to it!
"But lets look at the positives – what a way to end our team season with a total dismembering of the Rye House Rockets, and despite the big score, the racing was hot and heavy and very entertaining!”
EDINBURGH stamped their authority on their Knockout Cup Semi-Final tie with Newcastle with a 56-34 first leg victory.
The Monarchs now have a healthy lead to defend at Newcastle in the return leg this Sunday.
Monarchs rider Rob Branford told the Edinburgh Evening News: "It was a big win for us and a big lead to take to Newcastle, who were very unlucky to lose Matty Wethers early on.
“Conditions were a bit tricky when it rained for a short time, but a great result for the whole team.”
GLASGOW will have to settle for a play-off Quarter-Final after slipping to a last-heat defeat at Workington on Saturday.
The Tigers conceded a 4-2 in the final race to suffer a narrow 47-46 defeat.
Co-promoter Colin Hamilton said: "We were very disappointed but it was good to see the team showing a bit of fight."
IPSWICH picked up an impressive 52-38 League Cup home win over Edinburgh - but it wasn't enough to see them through to the Semi-Finals of the competition.
The Witches went down 94-86 on aggregate but put in a good showing in the second leg at Foxhall.
Ipswich now wait anxiously on Plymouth's results to see if they will have notched enough league points to reach the end-of-season play-offs.
NEWCASTLE have a mountain to climb in this Sunday's second leg against Edinburgh if they are to progress in the Knockout Cup.
The Diamonds went down 56-34 at the Monarchs last week on a brave fight from an injury-hit side.
PETERBOROUGH ended their run of three successive defeats with a 52-41 away win at Rye House on Monday.
The Panthers already have an end-of-season play-off place secured but boss Carl Johnson described the win as "huge."
He said: "It was a fine team effort up there with our best performances of the season – and it certainly ranks as one of the most important results as well.
"We need to build on this result by making sure we end the regular season with another win at our place on Sunday to go into the play-offs full of confidence.”
PLYMOUTH race three meetings in three days in a vital spell for the side and their play-off hopes.
The Devils currently sit six-points outside of the play-off positions.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: "This is going to be a big week with three important meetings on the bounce; we have got to reel in seven points from those three meetings.
"We really need to make sure of three points from Thursday's home meeting, then whatever happens in the return at Scunthorpe, we will still have four points available at Rye House on Saturday.”
REDCAR will finish bottom of the 2015 Premier League after a 51-39 away defeat at Scunthorpe on Friday.
The Bears were condemned to the Wooden Spoon for the second time in six years after an injury affected season for the Teessiders.
Redcar stage the oldest and longest running individual meeting this Thursday as the Teesside Silver Helmet takes place at the Media Prima Arena.
RYE HOUSE slipped to their third defeat on the trot as they went down 52-41 to Peterborough at home on Monday.
Rockets team manager John Sampford said: "We knew it was going to be very tough beforehand against a strong, top six side.
"We weren't helped by losing Luke (Bowen) and Danny (Maassen) to injury, and rider replacement at the bottom end of the team contributed only one point whereas Emil Grondal virtually won them the match on his own with 15-points."
SCUNTHORPE picked up an important 51-39 victory over Redcar last Friday meaning they will avoid bottom place of the 2015 Premier League table.
The Scorpions will be looking to round of their season at the Eddie Wright Raceway with another home win against Plymouth this Friday.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: "Avoiding the wooden spoon is nothing to shout about, I guess, but it still feels like an achievement to where we found ourselves four or five weeks ago.
"Whatever we've had thrown at us this season, we've kept on fighting, and that will again apply to the visit of Plymouth."
SHEFFIELD favourite Andre Compton has described the club's qualification for the play-offs as "an amazing achievement."
Compton told The Star: “It's been a difficult season for Sheffield because of the amount of injuries we've had, and I think it's a testament to everyone's hard work that we've been able to do so well.
"It's been a mountain to climb all season, but even when we've had injuries the lads have kept their heads up, continued to fight and obviously managed to keep on winning which is great."
SOMERSET's attentions turn to the Knockout Cup when they take on Rye House in the Semi-Finals over consecutive days on Friday and Saturday.
Rebels team manager Garry May: "I've always taken the attitude that I'll take whatever lead we get in any first leg as I have the faith in the team to be able to defend that lead, and that'll be the way we'll be going into Friday's first leg against Rye House.
"Of course we'll be looking to build up as big a lead as possible with which to take with us into the second leg but I never set targets in situations such as this as I think you can be focussing too much on that rather than what is actually happening throughout the match.”
Copyright Notice : The text content of articles appearing on this website may be copied and/or reproduced for other media outlets and formats providing the article remains intact and unedited, and the source is clearly acknowledged as "www.workingtoncomets.co"
Last Updated : Tue 08 Sep 2015, 15:23 UK