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Tue 19 Apr 2016 by BSPA Press Office
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 19th April 2016.
BERWICK team manager Scott Courtney says he couldn't fault his side's efforts despite falling to back-to-back defeats at the Weekend.
The Bandits lost 48-42 at home to Edinburgh before letting an eight-point lead slip at Glasgow as they went down 49-41.
Said Courtney: “I'm 100 per cent proud of the boys and to say I'm heartbroken to take no points from either match is an understatement!
“There have been mixed feelings and emotions from all the weekend's action but we win as a team and we lose as a team too.”
EDINBURGH kept their slim League Cup hopes alive with a 48-42 away win at Berwick on Saturday.
The Monarchs struck revenge on their rivals after slipping to defeat at home to the Bandits just over a week earlier.
Team manager Alex Harkess told the Edinburgh Evening News: “We are certainly not out of the cup despite winning just one of our three fixtures so far.
“The riders scored in a manner which people expect from them and I'm sure they will now improve over the course of the season.
GLASGOW racer Coty Garcia was pleased to contribute a paid double figure score as Glasgow fought back from eight points down to see off Berwick 49-41 on Sunday.
The result leaves the Tigers top of their Border Group in the League Cup and are now favourites to progress through to the next round of the competition.
Said Garcia: “I was definitely pleased with my score; it shows why I'm here and what I can do.
“We came strong after Richie Worrall's crash and we all wanted to change the situation – it was really good to work with the guys.”
IPSWICH boss Ritchie Hawkins is hoping track knowledge of Sheffield will help keep his side in the League Cup this Thursday.
The Witches travel to Owlerton knowing they need to deny their opponents victory to keep their own hopes of progressing alive.
Said Hawkins: “Nico (Covatti) and Paco (Castagna) have both come from Sheffield and I know Danny (King) loves the place so our team could do well there.
“We know what we need to do; a draw would be OK but if they win then they are through and we are out.”
NEWCASTLE boss George English admitted he was frustrated to come away from Workington empty handed in the League Cup on Saturday.
The Diamonds went down 50-42 at Derwent Park as they were left to rue a slow start against the Comets.
Said English: “We were eight points down at the start which cost us in the end.
“We had a bit of bad luck with mechanical problems during the night and I felt we certainly should have left with a point.”
PETERBOROUGH reserve Emil Grondal was delighted with his own performance as the Panthers got their Premier League campaign off to a flying start with a 48-42 away win at Rye House.
The former World Under-21 Finalist bagged 12+2 at Hoddesdon where he was also quick to praise the atmosphere that currently surrounds his team-mates.
Said Grondal: “I wasn't feeling myself in our previous meetings at Scunthorpe and Ipswich; we had a few little issues with the bikes and I also had some personal stuff to take care of.
“The boys helped me move forward again and the spirit in our team is just brilliant.”
PLYMOUTH co-promoter Ashley Taylor insists his side will need to be quick out of the tapes if they are to come away from Scunthorpe with a result on Sunday.
The Devils launch their Premier League campaign against the Scorpions where Taylor is looking for improvement from his side following last Friday's home defeat against Rye House.
Said Taylor: “Last Friday showed that we need to sharpen up with our gating.
“It will be a good test for us at Scunthorpe; some of our riders need to step up to the plate as far as the bigger tracks are concerned.”
REDCAR get their Premier League programme underway this Thursday when they host Peterborough at the Media Prima Arena.
The Bears will be looking to drastically improve after suffering three consecutive, heavy defeats on what has been a difficult start to the season.
RYE HOUSE slipped to their first home defeat of the season as they were edged 48-42 by Peterborough on Saturday.
Despite a battling performance throughout, the Rockets had no answer to their opponents as the Panthers struck back-to-back 5-1's in the final two races.
Team manager Peter Schroeck said: “This proves to you just how strong this league is and you can't take it for granted.
“We had a bit of a reality check but we will build back up again it's as simple as that.
“We just have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get on with it.”
SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey admits he is delighted to see Plymouth back on track as his side prepare to face the Devils this Sunday.
Said Godfrey: “No-one ever wants to see a speedway track close, and there's no doubting the passion of the supporters down in Devon.
“But we can't afford to be charitable on Sunday! The League Cup did end up being a bit of a disappointment for us but everyone starts afresh again in the Premier League.”
SHEFFIELD captain Simon Stead has praised team-mate Josh Bates after he was crowned British Under-21 Champion for a second time last week.
The 33-year-old was alongside the youngster in the pits and hopes Bates' confidence will now be boosted ahead of their important League Cup clash with Ipswich on Thursday.
Stead told the Sheffield Star: “Josh was awesome; he did really well to pick himself up off the deck and stayed focussed which was brilliant.
“I'm also pleased for Nathan Greaves to get to the semi-final, hopefully that will help him and he can use that too boost his confidence too.”
SOMERSET team manager Garry May is confident his side can come away with a result when they travel to Peterborough on Sunday.
It will be the Rebels' opening meeting of their Premier League campaign and May is positive ahead of the trip to the East of England Showground.
“Peterborough have a strong looking side again this year so it won't be easy, but they have already had their colours lowered on home shale this season,” May commented.
“It is true to say we've had a good run of results there and it goes without saying that we'll be looking to extend our winning run there in Sunday's match.”
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