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Tue 12 Apr 2016 by BSPA Press Office
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 12th April 2016.
BERWICK team manager Scott Courtney described himself as being ‘jubilant' after his side pulled off a 46-44 victory away at Edinburgh in the League Cup.
Despite going down 96-84 on aggregate to Newcastle in the Tyne-Tweed Trophy at the weekend, the Bandits kicked off their official season with a hard-fought win at the home of the reigning Premier League Champions – for the first time in 18 years!
Said Courtney: “This was the perfect way to start our official matches and to win there was the best feeling ever as it was so long ago since we last managed it!
“This sets us up nicely to move on with the season and hopefully we can continue in this positive manner.”
EDINBURGH skipper Sam Masters says his side need to improve following their 46-44 defeat at home to Berwick.
It was a second successive defeat in the League Cup for the Monarchs who suffered a heavy 19-point loss at Glasgow the previous week.
Despite bagging a spectacular 15-point maximum himself, Masters said his team need to learn ahead of the upcoming reverse fixtures.
“It was never going to be easy with two new boys in the side, so we needed the heat leaders to win most of the races but some of our side just didn't gate well enough.”
GLASGOW star Richie Worrall says he's already loving life with the Scottish outfit.
The 24-year-old has made an excellent start to his Tigers' career and has praised everyone at the club for helping him to settle into his new surroundings so quickly.
Worrall told Speedway Star: “We've got some passionate fans here and when you go up to the start line and you can hear them shouting, it gives you a bit of incentive to go out there and do a good job.
“I just think the team atmosphere and charisma we've got here is showing on track – it's really good and it's giving us results.”
IPSWICH boss Ritchie Hawkins believes his side have much more to offer after what he described as a disappointing start to the season.
The Witches are still searching for their first win of 2016 having drawn one and lost the other two of their first three meetings so far.
Said Hawkins: “The guys are improving and I can see certain improvements but they are not showing as a return in points.
“We will click when they get a bit more confidence and belief in themselves.”
NEWCASTLE boss George English insists his side couldn't be more ready for their first official meeting of the season when they travel to Workington in the League Cup this Saturday.
The Diamonds have won three of their four opening challenge meetings – including a 56-34 home win over Berwick on Sunday to secure the Tyne-Tweed Trophy 96-84 on aggregate.
Said English: “We were confident that we could get the win but I was impressed by the fact that we made up the ten-point deficit from Saturday.
“The whole point of these pre-season meetings was to get everybody ready for the season and take confidence into the main season which is exactly what we have done.”
PETERBOROUGH team boss Carl Johnson has stood down from his role with immediate effect.
It comes as a huge blow to the Panthers who have made an impressive start to the 2016 campaign, suffering just one defeat in four meetings.
Club promoter Ged Rathbone said: “We're obviously very disappointed to lose Carl but we respect his decision and thank him for the considerable time and effort he has put into the club.
“Carl is Panthers through-and-through and that is what has made him so popular with our supporters.
“He has a huge passion for the club and has given his all in these past couple of years – we wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”
PLYMOUTH'S return to racing is scheduled for this Friday (April 15) when the Devils face Rye House in the League Cup at the St Boniface Arena.
REDCAR are hoping a return to full strength will help them pick up a more positive result when they host Workington in the League Cup on Thursday.
The Bears have suffered three heavy defeats on the spin but are looking to turn their form around as Lasse Bjerre and Jonas B Andersen return to their line-up.
Club boss Jitendra Duffill said: “Both Lasse and Jonas are over recent illness and injury so we will be at full strength.
“This really is a big test for us and I'd like everybody to demonstrate what they are capable of.”
RYE HOUSE racer Cameron Heeps admits a winter switch to the Rockets has done him the world of good.
The Australian youngster bagged double-figures in the side's Premier League opening 53-39 win over Ipswich - the club where Heeps spent four years of his career.
Said Heeps: “I had a chat with Chris Louis (Ipswich co-promoter) and said that I needed a break and should try something else because I felt a bit stale.
“I've enjoyed myself a lot already this year; it's a different atmosphere, the boys are good, we're winning and I've gelled with the team 100%.”
SCUNTHORPE star Ryan Douglas believes he is almost back to his best after a strong start to 2016.
The 22-year-old missed the majority of the 2015 campaign due to a number of injuries but has taken a lot of confidence from his own 15-point maximum during the Scorpions' heavy 57-36 home defeat against Peterborough last weekend.
Said Douglas: “I'm really happy with how things have gone for me in the opening six meetings; it's been a good, consistent start and I've been scoring points every meeting.
“I feel there's still more to come from me this year though. It's a case of keep working away and trying to improve every time I come out.”
SHEFFIELD joint team manager Marc Bates says he was ecstatic after his side went top of their League Cup group following an impressive 49-44 away win at Peterborough.
The win continued the Tigers' unbeaten start to their official fixtures in 2016 and Bates believes his side are laying down an early marker for their Premier League rivals.
Said Bates: “We've gone to one of the league favourites and beaten them in their own back yard so I think that just proves how strong this team can be.
“If we can ride like that all season, which is obviously going to be difficult, then we are more than a match for anyone, home or away!”
SOMERSET team manager Garry May says he won't allow his riders to take anything for granted when they host Scunthorpe in their Premier League opener on Friday.
The Rebels' opponents have recently suffered two hefty defeats at the hands of Peterborough but May says it's important that his side don't read anything into those results.
“You can ignore anything Scunthorpe have done or not done already this season,” he said.
“Scunthorpe have had far more competitive meetings than ourselves so far this year and they have riders who are more than capable of scoring decent points at the Oaktree Arena.”
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