Comets finish as runners-up in Championship Pairs as Sheffield retain their title!
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Tue 19 Jul 2016 by BSPA Press Office
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 19th July 2016
BERWICK team manager Scott Courtney said he was encouraged by his side's performance despite going down 50-40 at Peterborough last week.
The defeat was a fourth straight loss on the road for the Bandits.
Said Courtney: "It was certainly a decent improvement and I think were were capable of sneaking one league point.
"Sadly Peterborough eased away too far in the latter part of the match, a match we held them pretty much to account over the first 11 heats so there's lost of positives to take from this if not a league point."

EDINBURGH clinched a final race 5-0 to snatch a 45-44 win away at Scunthorpe last Sunday.
Monarchs boss John Campbell told the Edinburgh Evening News: “It was a fantastic speedway meeting with some great racing. We kept plugging away and were a bit fortuitous in that final heat, but it would have been wrong had we left with nothing.”

GLASGOW star Rene Bach expects the Tigers to improve once again following their 54-36 home win over Rye House last weekend.
Said Bach: "There are no real easy meetings this year – and I think that we are still missing Nike Lunna, who we need to be back for us.
“Coty Garcia is in the main body of the team now, so once we have a full team back we should be stronger; more meetings should make us better.”

IPSWICH boss Ritchie Hawkins has called on his side to build on last week's 58-34 home win over Berwick.
Said Hawkins: "It was a pleasing result and I'm very pleased to get a dominant win because that is what we needed.
"I don't think we can get carried away because we've had good meetings this season and not built on them but we need to get in the winning habit now."

NEWCASTLE manager George English said he was blown away by his side's 62-28 Knockout Cup first leg win over Sheffield.
Said English: "We wanted a decent win, but in all honesty we were hoping for nearer a 20-point lead let alone the 34-point lead these lads managed which was exceptional tonight.
"The determination is high and we look forward to Thursday's second leg."

PETERBOROUGH skipper Ulrich Ostergaard says his team need to find a run of consistency following their 50-40 win over Berwick.
Said Ostergaard: "We all knew we had to do better than we did on Tuesday and in the two KO Cup meetings recently.
"We've kept ourselves in the mix at the top of the table and now we need to make sure we build on this.”

PLYMOUTH are being backed to have a positive weekend at the Premier League Fours - by former winner Olly Allen.
He said: "They've got a really handy quartet and the three Aussies (Brady Kurtz, Todd Kurtz and Jack Holder) usually love racing at the Showground. A lot depends on how (Kyle) Newman comes back from his recent injury but being a solid side in arguably the weakest group gives them a really good chance of getting through to the Final where it's then there for the taking!"

REDCAR stage their annual Julie Lewis Memorial meeting on Thursday.
The Bears then head to Plymouth on Friday before competing in the Premier League Fours tournament at the weekend.

RYE HOUSE manager Peter Schroeck remained upbeat despite suffering a fourth straight defeat on their travels at Glasgow (54-36).
He said: "Although we ultimately did only marginally better points-wise than at Workington (55-35), we've scored a lot more at Ashfield than some of the other teams that have been here, and we'll take that as a positive to build on going forward.”

SCUNTHORPE have lodged an appeal over Edinburgh's use of Mitchell Davey in last weekend's Premier League clash.
The Australian scored 4+2 as the Scorpions suffered a narrow 45-44 defeat.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: "First things first, Dan Bewley should have been at Scunthorpe; there is nothing in the rules that allows him to ride for a National League club over a Premier League one.
"There is no facility to cover that, so the only way that a team can go after that is to book a National League guest and Mitchell Davey doesn't fulfil the criteria."

SHEFFIELD co-promoter Peter Mole admits his side have a huge mountain to climb in the Knockout Cup following their 62-28 first leg defeat at Newcastle.
Mole told the Sheffield Star: "It didn't go to plan for us, and it's difficult to say if we were poor or Newcastle were very good."
"We know we'll need something special to get through, but it's not over yet and we'll be out to try and get a big win in the second leg.”

SOMERSET boss Garry May has told his side to be wary of their opponents when they host Workington on Friday.
Said May: "Workington kept it close for the first half of the 52-38 Knockout Cup match earlier this year before we finally got into our stride and ended up fairly comfortable winners.
"But I am sure that the Comets learnt from that meeting and will be keen to put those learnings into good effect.”
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