Premier League News from our rivals!
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 26th July 2016
BERWICK will hand a debut to new Polish signing Dawid Stachyra in their home clash against joint league leaders Glasgow on Wednesday.
Team manager Scott Courtney said: "Dawid is a legitimate performer and he wants to be a Bandit and that means a lot to me."
The Bandits will be looking to make it six home wins on the spin as they look to bolster their own push for a place in the end of season play offs.
EDINBURGH could find themselves potentially without their top five riders for Friday's vital home meeting against Sheffield on Friday.
Sam Masters, Ryan Fisher and Kevin Wolbert could all be representing their home countries in the Speedway World Cup race-off while the Riss brothers (Erik and Mark) are absent on German league duty.
Monarchs team manager Alex Harkess told the Edinburgh Evening News: "Under normal circumstances I think we would probably have cancelled the fixture or postponed it anyway.
“However because of all the bad weather and rain-offs we have endured so far this year, we are simply too far behind with our home fixtures to allow us to lose another Friday and that is why we have got to run it.”
GLASGOW's Nike Lunna is hoping to make a memorable comeback by helping his side extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table.
The Finnish racer drops down to reserve for the Tigers for their visits to Berwick and Redcar after seven weeks out with a broken bone in his hand.
Said Lunna: "It hasn't fully healed yet but I can use it, so I can't be off the bike. It's been so boring over the last seven weeks – but now I am back and enjoying it even more."
"I can't wait to come back and to give 100% for the Tigers all the way to the finals.”
IPSWICH boss Ritchie Hawkins has told his side to be wary of their opponents when they host Plymouth at Foxhall on Thursday.
Said Hawkins: "Plymouth have got a good side I think and they'll be on a high from the weekend (winning the Premier League Fours) so we're going to need to be at our best or else we'll get beat.
"We have to be on top of our game again because we can't afford anymore slip ups at home for our play-off hopes and for our season in general.”
NEWCASTLE star Lewis Rose believes his side can charge up the Premier League table as the Diamonds face right meetings in August.
Rose told Speedway Star: "Being busy keeps you in a certain flow and the more time on the bike you spend, the more comfortable you feel.
"We went to Somerset the other week and the team did really well; there won't be too many teams who go there and get a league point so we have to take that as a positive."
PETERBOROUGH promoter Ged Rathbone believes Danish racer Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen will demonstrate his potential during the second half of the Premier League campaign.
Rathbone told Speedway Star: "When I signed Nikolaj during the winter, I felt he was a rider who would really boost his average and challenge for the No.1 spot.
"That hasn't happened as yet, but there is no doubt in my mind he has the ability to be a top rider in the Premier League."
PLYMOUTH team manager Lee Trigger has spoken of his relief and joy after his chosen quartet were crowned Premier League Fours Champions at the weekend.
Said Trigger: "That is the first major silverware we have achieved with the Devils; we have a trophy to show for our efforts and that will always be in the record books.
"It was a fantastic achievement for the club and reward for the riders after all the bad luck we have had this year."
REDCAR will be looking to continue their much improved form when they host Glasgow on Thursday.
After a nightmare run of 12 meetings without a win, the Bears have enjoyed the month of July much more picking up a victory over Scunthorpe and a consolation league point away at Plymouth.
RYE HOUSE will be looking to return to winning ways when they host joint league leaders Somerset on Sunday.
The Rockets have suffered a trio of consecutive defeats and will be keen to add three more league points to their tally to close in on the play off pack.
SCUNTHORPE star Ryan Douglas hopes victory in the individual meeting during the Premier League Fours weekend will provide him with another boost for the remainder of the season.
Said Douglas: "I finished second in my semi-final, which is what I needed to do to get through, and then once you've reached the final, everyone has got a chance to win it, and I took mine.”
"I was chuffed to win the meeting, because it was a strong field, with a lot of good riders in the line-up."
SHEFFIELD co-promoter Damien Bates insists his side will need to improve if they are to secure an end of season play off place.
It comes after the Tigers crashed out of the Knockout Cup after suffering a heavy 107-73 aggregate defeat to Newcastle.
Said Bates: "The business end of the season is approaching now and everyone needs to start raising their performances again.
"We're in a decent position but there's still plenty of work to be done before we're guaranteed a play off spot."
SOMERSET begin a hectic schedule of 15 meetings in five weeks with a home fixture against Berwick on Friday.
"To use a well-worn sporting cliché, we will be taking it one match at a time," said Rebels team manager Garry May.
"Although Berwick may be having an inconsistent season, they have shown in the Fours Championship that they are not to be taken lightly; but in saying that I would still expect us to take the win and the three league points which go with it.”
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