Premier League News from our rivals!
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 17th May 2016.
BERWICK suffered their third consecutive defeat as they went down 49-41 at home to Sheffield.
The Bandits were dealt a blow just hours before the Premier League fixture when reserve Liam Carr was ruled out of the meeting with a broken scaphoid picked up in the National League the previous night.
Team manager Scott Courtney offered no excuses however and says his riders must improve. “Again a side has come here and shown us determinedly and professionally the way to race and win matches around our own track despite us being a good side,” he said.
“Whatever the problem is we need to solve it quickly and get the wins back on our side of the score card as there is still sufficient season left to make a good poke at success.”
EDINBURGH are through to the next round of the Premier League Knockout Cup after a 96-83 aggregate victory over Plymouth.
Despite narrowly losing 47-42 in the second leg, the Monarchs comprehensive 54-36 win the night before was enough to see them progress as they aim to regain the trophy they won in 2014.
After a mixed start to the season, reserve Max Clegg returned to fine form bagging 15 paid 18 over the two legs and team boss John Campbell was quick to praise the young Brit.
“I think Max has finally turned the corner and is now looking much more confident,” Campbell told the Edinburgh Evening News. “He was a lot happier in the pits and was much better in himself.”
GLASGOW favourite Richard Lawson qualified from the second British Semi-Final after an impressive performance on home shale.
The 30-year-old finished on 13-points as he finished ahead of seven-time British Champion Scott Nicholls on countback.
After an encouraging performance in 2015, Lawson says he wants to go one step further in this year's tournament.
“I'm desperate to get in the grand final – it would be amazing to be in that and see where we go from there,” said Lawson.
“I came up a bit short last year; some people say I should've been excluded, some don't, so I've still got that fire in my belly from then and want to make up for it for sure.”
IPSWICH have snapped up Oliver Greenwood at reserve as he replaces Darryl Ritchings in the No.7 berth.
Witches team manager Ritchie Hawkins admits changes needed to be made but was quick to back the outgoing Ritchings.
Said Hawkins: “I've not got a bad word to say about him; I hope he gets another shot in the Premier League because he is talented enough to do a job.
“I've seen a lot of Ollie though. Two years ago he was going really well and I don't think he had such a good year last year in the Premier League, but I'd have liked to have seen him at Ipswich last season.”
NEWCASTLE will be back in action on Monday as they host Redcar in the League Cup.
A win for the Diamonds would see them move level on points with Workington in the Northern Group of the competition.
George English's side will return to the shale after just over two weeks since their 51-39 home win over Berwick.
PETERBOROUGH promoter Ged Rathbone has revealed how he is keen to tie up a deal which would see him become the sole owner of the club.
2016 is the third year Rathbone has been with the Panthers and says he is more determined than ever to complete his transformation of the East of England Showground outfit.
Said Rathbone: “I love Peterborough Speedway and my appetite for the sport is as big as it has ever been.
“I have a deal in place with Readypower to become sole owner of the club at the end of this season and that is the route I ideally want to go down after putting in so much hard work in the last 18 months.”
PLYMOUTH boss Lee Trigger has challenged his side to build on their 47-42 win over Edinburgh – and dump local rivals Somerset out of the League Cup in the process.
The Devils travel to the Rebels on Friday before hosting them the following night at the St Bonniface Arena.
Said Trigger: “Although we cannot make any further progress ourselves, it is in our hands to put Somerset out of the competition.
“Bearing in mind the local rivalry, we will be looking to put one over on the Rebels and claim the local bragging rights.”
REDCAR claimed their first Premier League win of the campaign with a 47-43 win over Plymouth.
The struggling Bears pulled off a dramatic comeback, snatching the three league points in the final heat with a 5-1 from Hugh Skidmore and David Bellego – and that was the only time Jitendra Duffill's side led in the whole of the meeting!
RYE HOUSE qualified for the Quarter-Finals of the Knockout Cup with a 97-83 victory over Ipswich.
After a narrow two-point defeat in the first leg, the Rockets pulled of a 53-37 win at Hoddesdon to progress in the competition.
Rockets star Kasper Lykke displayed a much more encouraging performance and thanked his team-mates for helping him back to double figures.
Said Lykke: “It makes it easier with a good team spirit, and great team mates who are looking after each other both on and off the track.
I've got to be honest, I was struggling with a few things, mentally and stuff, and it was a bit hard.
“But now I feel that we're getting back on it, and I'm also getting more meetings back home now as well to build momentum.”
SCUNTHORPE expect to announce a new-look line-up later this week ahead of Sunday's derby against Sheffield.
Scorpions promoter Rob Godfrey confirmed Ashley Morris would be one rider making way from his temporary contract.
Said Godfrey: “I'd like to thank Ash for his efforts during his short stay with us; he scored points and did the job that we asked of him.
“I'm sure he will get another Premier League team place very soon, but unfortunately his average didn't fit in with our plans to get a big hitter back down to No 6.”
SHEFFIELD co-boss Marc Bates praised his side after picking up back-to-back victories in the Premier League which ended a run of three straight defeats.
The Tigers put in a magnificent display to see off strongly fancied Glasgow 54-38 before sealing a 49-41 win at Berwick just two days later.
Said Bates: “We were disappointed after our defeats against Plymouth and Peterborough, the lads knew they had to turn things around and they have done.
“We've started to show what we are capable of now and we'll be heading into the meeting against Rye House on Thursday looking to keep this form going.”
SOMERSET boss Garry May has warned his side to be wary of Plymouth as the two go head-to-head in the League Cup this weekend.
The Rebels need to pick up back-to-back victories against their local rivals to see them through to the semi-finals of the competition.
Said May: “Despite not being able to qualify themselves, Plymouth will be going all out to put a spanner in the works and stop us from topping the group.
“It is all set up for an exciting, but hopefully not too nerve-racking, two nights of speedway, and hopefully the Somerset fans will turn out in their droves to not only get behind the boys.”
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