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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 31st May 2016
BERWICK team manager Scott Courtney dedicated their 46-44 home win over Redcar to injured star Seb Alden.
The Swedish racer suffered a broken neck in Thursday's defeat at Sheffield which left the Bandits down to just five of their original line-up with reserve Liam Carr also currently sidelined.
Said Courtney: “It's been a week of many different emotions especially with having Seb laid up in a Sheffield hospital and welcoming Romano (Hummel) into our side side who could really make it big; he made the best home debut I think I can remember for a new guy coming in.
“The team spirit was at a max and we got the well deserved win which has given all the guys a real boost.”
EDINBURGH ended Newcastle's run of three consecutive wins with a last gasp 5-1 to secure a 46-44 victory of their own.
The Monarchs trailed by two-points going into the final race, but a maximum heat advantage from Kevin Wolbert and club captain Sam Masters snatched the points for the hosts.
This Friday sees a break from team action at Armadale as the club hosts Ryan Fisher's Testimonial meeting.
GLASGOW picked up four Premier League points in two days against Newcastle to move them up to second place in the table.
The Tigers saw off the Diamonds 49-40 at home on Sunday before suffering a narrow 49-44 defeat at the Newcastle Stadium on Monday.
Despite picking up a consolation league point away from home, Glasgow team manager Stewart Dickson says he was frustrated with the result.
Said Dickson: “I feel it was two points lost, because we had an opportunity to get a win - normally, Newcastle will be very hard to beat around their own place.
“Going there without them having Rob Lambert and Lewis Rose, our plan was to go for three points and I've got to be honest, I thought we could win the match.”
IPSWICH boss Ritchie Hawkins slammed his side, branding their 56-36 loss at Peterborough as the worst performance of the season.
The Witches provided just three of the 15 race winners at the East of England Showground as they suffered their fifth defeat in seven meetings.
Said Hawkins: “The current form is not acceptable for an Ipswich side and as a team we have let our fans down - every rider needs to take it upon themselves to put it right."
NEWCASTLE gained revenge over Glasgow on Monday as they extended their unbeaten home run to seven meetings.
The Diamonds picked up a 49-44 home victory just 24 hours after going down 49-40 away to the Tigers on Sunday.
Team manager George English said: “This was always going to be a hugely tense match as it proved to be and the lads really pulled the goods out of the bag. “Thankfully we did enough, but again it was as superbly entertaining match."
PETERBOROUGH are the new Premier League leaders after picking up a maximum seven league points on Monday.
The Panthers secured a 53-40 victory away at Scunthorpe in the afternoon before a 56-36 demolition of Peterborough later the same night.
Promoter Ged Rathbone said: “It is fantastic to be top of the league again and that's where I want us to stay. Hopefully we can use these terrific performances and results as a launch-pad for the rest of the season.
“There is no doubt in my mind we are genuine contenders for the title.”
PLYMOUTH have snapped-up Brady Kurtz as their new No.1 – but will be without the Australian Champion for their trips to Workington and Glasgow this weekend.
They will also be missing fellow Aussie Jack Holder as both represent their country in the Under-21 World Team Cup.
Team manager Lee Trigger said: “It is unfortunate that we will be without two of our top riders at the weekend, but it is one of those things that you have to expect when you have riders of that calibre in your team.”
REDCAR's nightmare run continued as they suffered three further defeats.
The Bears went down 50-40 at home to Glasgow on Thursday in the second leg of their Knockout Cup tie before suffering a narrow 46-44 defeat in the Premier League at Berwick on Saturday and a heavier 55-37 loss at Rye House on Monday.
The Bears have won just two of their 13 meetings in 2016 and will be hoping to turn things around with three fixtures in three days later this week.
RYE HOUSE made it four home meetings unbeaten as they beat Redcar 55-37 on Monday.
Another solid team performance saw the Rockets secure another three Premier League points, but it was Australian star Cameron Heeps who stood out after dropping just one point from five rides.
Said Heeps: “Redcar didn't make it easy for us; they certainly put up a fight, and made it a good meeting.
“I'm finally getting my set-ups figured out and making the starts I want to. Hopefully I can get dialled in now and there'll be plenty more scores like that to come.”
SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey says his team must pick up a victory when they host Berwick on Friday.
The Scorpions' 53-40 home defeat to Peterborough on Monday left them at the foot of the Premier League table and despite it still being relatively early days, Godfrey says their meeting against the Bandits is of huge importance.
Said Godfrey: “It's become a make-or-break meeting in the context of our season.
“I need to see a response from our riders and it's imperative that they show what they can do in that one.”
SHEFFIELD captain Simon Stead was quick to highlight his side's positive start to the season despite suffering a 55-37 defeat at Workington on Saturday.
The result ended the Tigers' run of four straight wins on a tough night at Derwent Park.
Stead told the Sheffield Star: “We were hoping to pick up some points, especially as we went there on good form, but it was a tough night all-around.
“Overall we can't have too many complaints; we're in a good position and the whole team has been going really well.”
SOMERSET boss Garry May is confident his team can cover the absence of Jake Allen in their Premier League home clash with Redcar on Friday.
The Australian racer misses the fixture after being called up to represent his country in the Under-21 World Team Cup semi-final in Denmark at the weekend.
Said May: “Of course we would prefer to be going into the match with a full septet however, all the boys are riding well at the moment, and I am sure that the rest of the team will more than adequately cover for Jake.
“We will not be taking them (Redcar) lightly as they have riders in their ranks who have previously shown a liking for riding at the Oaktree Arena.”
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