Premier League News from our rivals!
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 2nd August 2016.
BERWICK team manager Scott Courtney reckons there were plenty of positives to take from their 56-34 defeat at Somerset on Friday, just two days after they were thrashed 58-31 at home to Glasgow.
Said Courtney: “We may not have won but we rediscovered our fight and spirit again and that counts for an awful lot.
“Somerset are favourites for the title this season and for us to hold them as well as we did for so long until they turned the screws in the latter heats which made the score look worse than reality was, is pretty creditable and a something to be proud of."
EDINBURGH boss John Campbell described his side's 54-30 Knockout Cup defeat at Glasgow as one of the worst performances he's seen for years.
Said Campbell: “We don't have any excuses; it was a shocking performance and I can't remember the last time we were so bad!
“The Glasgow fans will certainly believe they can't lose however, it's not over until it's over!
GLASGOW reserve Nike Lunna admits he feels boosted by his performance during the 54-30 Knockout cup victory over rivals Edinburgh.
The Finn scored 16 points from reserve on his return to racing at home for the Tigers.
Said Lunna: “It was so awesome I can't even put it into words!
“Everything came together; maybe I've got better confidence from being at No. 6 but I know I can beat the best guys!”
IPSWICH boss Ritchie Hawkins believes a win at Sheffield on Thursday would seriously boost their play-off hopes.
Said Hawkins: “There are teams below us with a lot of meetings in hand so we need to get points on the board, especially away from home.
"We've been doing a lot better and we're in the best form we've been in all season and we've got to look to get a win.”
NEWCASTLE team manager George English admitted the scoreline didn't reflect the entertainment during his side's 58-35 home win over Redcar.
Said English: “It was a great performance from out lads again over the Bears who haven't had a look in at our place this season.
“But I have to congratulate Redcar for giving us some excellent racing within; you wouldn't expect good racing with a score like that, but there certainly was!"
PETERBOROUGH assistant Carl Johnson insists there's room for improvement from his side – despite picking up four points away from home in two meetings.
The Panthers pulled off a fine 48-45 win at Sheffield on Thursday and followed it up with a consolation league point against a Workington side who are unbeaten on home shale in 2016.
Said Johnson: “There are fine margins between winning a meeting and coming up just short, and the fact we had to carry a couple of riders was probably the difference.
“That's not something we can afford to do at this stage of the season and we're constantly looking at ways we can potentially strengthen the team.”
PLYMOUTH have signed Steve Boxall to replace Brady Kurtz who has quit the club to allow him to focus on other commitments.
Boxall will make his debut this Friday, subject to BSPA approval, against Berwick, a side Devils team manager Lee Trigger believes could push Plymouth all the way.
He said: “They have some good riders who perform well on our track; (Kevin) Doolan scored a maximum last time he was here and (Thomas) Jorgensen is a former track record holder at the Arena.
“Berwick are fighting for a place in the play-offs and we cannot take anything for granted.”
REDCAR boss Jitendra Duffill has challenged his side to finish the season strongly following their shock 48-44 home win over high flying Glasgow last Thursday.
Ahead of this Thursday's clash against Berwick, Duffill said: “We go into this fixture with a lot of confidence after beating Glasgow and we know the opposition will not come any stronger than them.
“That result will not have gone unnoticed and it should stop teams coming here and expecting and easy ride.”
RYE HOUSE slipped to their fifth defeat in six meetings as they went down 47-45 at home to Somerset on Sunday.
Rockets team manager Peter Schroeck said: “Losing a really close match does not leave a good feeling; In many ways, it is far worse than losing by fifteen or twenty.
“We need to get our home form going to get back on top of things, but we still have time to do that this season.”
SCUNTHORPE will have to wait until Sunday for their next Premier League meeting after their scheduled meeting at Somerset was rained off.
The Scorpions host the current league leaders at the Eddie Wright Raceway as they look to secure their first victory since July 12.
SHEFFIELD co-boss Marc Bates says his side need to get their season back on track against Ipswich on Thursday after going four meetings without a win.
Bates told the Sheffield Star: “We haven't become a bad team overnight, when we're firing as a unit we can be hard to beat, we didn't get to the top of the league by fluke.
“We just have to get together on Thursday and try and put a good win on the board to get our season going again.”
SOMERSET team manager Garry May says his team are desperate to extend their 17 meeting unbeaten run and pull further clear at the top of the Premier League when they host Peterborough on Friday.
Said May: “We seem to be a bit of a bogey side for the Panthers, and they will be looking to finally get one over us.
“But by the same token, the Somerset lads are determined to add another notch in the ‘win column' when it comes to matches against them, so it should be a cracking encounter.”
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