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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 9th August 2016
BERWICK boosted their chances of progressing to the semi-finals of the Premier League Knockout Cup with a 53-37 first leg victory over Rye House.
Bandits team manager Scott Courtney said: “While we cannot count anything for granted, the 16-point lead will set us up nicely for the second leg at the end of the month.
“That Berwick team spirit was back to full power with the guys hitting some good scores.”
EDINBURGH continued their charge up the Premier League table with an impressive 52-39 win at Peterborough on Sunday.
The result saw the Monarchs leapfrog their opponents into third place as they made six league wins on the spin.
Team boss John Campbell said: “I hadn't expected that!
“I'd hoped that if Sam (Masters) scored 15 we might have had enough riders going to get a point out of it but everyone was sparking all over the place!”
GLASGOW favourite Richard Lawson believes the Tigers are hitting form at the right time as they begin to look towards the end of season play-offs.
The Scottish outfit continued their dominant home form by inflicting a heavy 59-31 victory over Workington on Sunday.
Said Lawson: “It is a great time to come good; everyone is riding well right through the team and we just need to keep it going!”
IPSWICH have handed club asset Danyon Hume a reserve position for the remainder of the season.
Hume, who is in just his second season in the sport, is delighted to have been given the opportunity in the second tier.
He said: “This year has been a massive improvement compared to last year and this is the next step up.
“It's going to be hard but I'm looking forward to it; the boys are a good group of lads to get along with and the fact I've ridden a few times already will help me.”
NEWCASTLE team manager George English says his side's strength in depth was highlighted once again with another big home win over Rye House.
While he admits the scoreline didn't necessarily reflect the racing, English was thrilled with the Diamonds 57-36 victory.
He said: “A good solid team effort delivered the goods for us with three more well earned league points going into the pot.
“Rye certainly gave us a decent run for our money, but our strength in depth rang out well for the victory."
PETERBOROUGH promoter Ged Rathbone has urged the club's supporters to stick by their team after they lost 52-39 at home to Edinburgh on Sunday.
Said Rathbone: “Hopefully they can trust myself, my management team and the many good people at the club to find the right solution for our current problems.
“I didn't let them down when making sure the club continued to race, I didn't let them down when building a side which reached the play-off semi-finals last season, and I won't let them down now.”
PLYMOUTH are targeting a third straight home win when they host Glasgow on Friday.
The Devils dug deep last week to fend off Berwick in a narrow 47-43 victory and team manager Lee Trigger is expecting another close contest against the Tigers this time around.
Said Trigger: “Glasgow will provide us with a stiff test and we will have to be on our mettle, but hopefully we can collect another three league points.”
REDCAR are looking for a hat-trick of home victories when they go head-to-head with Workington on Thursday.
The Bears will be looking to build on their recent confidence boosting wins over Glasgow and Berwick as they aim to avoid the wooden spoon this season.
RYE HOUSE's tough run of results continued as they fell to three consecutive defeats in three days.
The Rockets were beaten by both Edinburgh and Newcastle in the league either side of their Knockout Cup first leg loss at Berwick – although they did take a point from their narrow defeat at Armadale.
The Hoddesdon outfit are now without a win since June 25.
SCUNTHORPE have signed Austrian racer Fritz Wallner as a replacement for injured Australian Alex Davies, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
The 30-year-old scored three paid four during his debut in the 47-43 home defeat to league leaders Somerset on Sunday.
Scorpions team manager Dave Peet said: “Fritz put in a very encouraging performance; he rode much harder than his score suggests.
“Once he's had a couple of more meetings I think he'll be a real asset.”
SHEFFIELD co-promoter Damien Bates has warned reserves Arthur Sissis and Nathan Greaves they could face the axe if their performances don't improve.
Bates told the Sheffield Star: “It's clear where we are falling short at the moment, and the two reserves both know they have to improve.
“We know they are capable of it, but they both need to pull their finger out and start scoring some more points.”
SOMERSET go into a run of three matches in four days this week as they look to continue their push for Premier League honours.
The Rebels have won all thirteen of their league matches so far and take on Scunthorpe in a re-arranged fixture at the Oaktree Arena on Tuesday, before facing back-to-back clashes with Sheffield.
Somerset boss Garry May said: “It's definitely a busy period for the team, but one that they are looking forward to as we hit the ‘business end' of the regular league season before heading into the Championship-deciding play-offs.”
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Last Updated : Tue 09 Aug 2016, 19:22 UK