Premier League News from our rivals!
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 16th August 2016
BERWICK team manager Scott Courtney admits his side are still feeling the absence of Sebastian Alden.
The comments came after the Bandits went down 50-40 at home to Peterborough on Saturday – meaning it is 18 years since they beat the Panthers home or away.
Swedish star Alden broke his neck in a crash at Sheffield in May.
Said Courtney: “We have never recovered from the loss of Sebastian to injury, as how do you replace a guy like that?
“We have problems, and they are problems we must solve as soon as possible as the season's end is closing in."
EDINBURGH skipper Sam Masters believes his team are improving all the time – and insists they'll be bang on form should they reach the end of season play-offs.
The Monarchs face a fixture backlog and suffered their seventh home race off of the season last Friday.
But Masters believes having meetings in quick succession will do his side the world of good.
Masters told Speedway Star: “If we can get a run of home meetings together then that'll definitely be a big bonus for us and help us get some momentum.
“We have a pretty young team and we're improving all the time, so by the time the play-offs come we should be better than ever.”
GLASGOW reserve Danny Ayres has spoken about his passion for the club following their 50-39 home win over Ipswich.
Ayres made his comeback to the Tigers line-up on Sunday – just two and a half weeks after breaking his wrist!
Said Ayres: “Say we make it to the end and go all the way – I want to be involved in the whole year so that I can stand and legitimately say that I helped this team.
“Every one of these riders helps this team, and I want to be a part of it. I love every one of them, I love the fans, I love the club – I'm in love with the place and I don't want it to stop.”
IPSWICH Director of Speedway Chris Louis says his side will take no notice of Workington's away form when they host the Comets at Foxhall on Thursday.
Workington have won just one away meeting in 2016 but Louis says nothing can be taken for granted in what is turning out to be an unpredictable Premier League campaign.
Said Louis: "You can't bank on anything; we can't assume that we'll win because Workington's away form hasn't been very good.
“At some point they'll win but we have to make sure that it doesn't happen on our patch because we can't afford to drop any points home or away.”
NEWCASTLE team manager George English insists his team are more than worthy of an end of season play-off place based on recent performances and results
The Diamonds closed to within just two points of the top six with a 54-36 over Sheffield on Sunday – but have six vital meetings in hand over their rivals.
Said English: “Sheffield, especially Josh Bates and Kyle Howarth were far better value for their money, although with that determination we have at the moment, we took another deserved win to push for those top six places in the league.”
PETERBOROUGH boss Carl Johnson reckons his side's 50-40 win at Berwick on Saturday was another big step towards securing a top six Premier League finish.
Said Johnson: “We're not there yet by any means, but this is certainly a big step in the right direction.
“It was an excellent all-round performance in all honesty with the other guys also chipping in with valuable points to help us pick up a result that gives our play-off hopes a huge boost.”
PLYMOUTH team manager Lee Trigger believes new No. 1 Steve Boxall could be the key man against his parent club Rye House on Friday.
The Devils will be looking for a much needed win as they aim to break out of the league's bottom two positions.
Said Trigger: “Steve struggled with his equipment against Glasgow, but he tried a different machine after the meeting and will hope to do a job on his parent club.
“Rye House have a side packed with track specialists at the St Boniface Arena.”
REDCAR ace Hugh Skidmore is backing fellow Australian Jye Etheridge to make an impact on the Bears fortunes between now and the end of the season.
Etheridge has joined the club to replace Simon Nielsen who has opted to sit out the remainder of the campaign through injury.
Skidmore told Speedway Star: “All the boy will get behind him and give him the benefit of our knowledge, give him a few tips about the track so I reckon he should be good.”
RYE HOUSE team boss Peter Schroeck remains upbeat – despite falling to an eighth straight defeat at the weekend.
The Rockets put up much more of a fight, but narrowly missed out 46-44 against high flying Glasgow.
Said Schroeck: “It is just gutting to lose by that margin; it couldn't have been any closer.
“It was another brilliant speedway meeting, and to run the potential champions that close it just shows you what the League is all about.
“We are doing something right here, we've just got to click all together.”
SCUNTHORPE want to get back to winning ways when they host Workington on Sunday.
The Scorpions are without a victory for five weeks – something promoter Rob Godfrey is keen to change as soon as possible.
“We've been very close in our last couple of home meetings, but we've just missed out on both occasions,” said Godfrey.
“We need to make sure we close out the meeting on Sunday, and come out with a victory; I feel that's the least that our efforts of recent weeks deserve.”
SHEFFIELD team boss Marc Bates has warned his side performances most improve if they are to reach the end of season play-offs.
The Tigers slipped to another disappointing 54-36 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday – meaning they have won just one of their last eight meetings.
Bates said: “Obviously it was a blow to be without Jason (Garrity), but we should still have done much better than that and if we keep riding like this we won't be getting in the play-offs.
“Josh (Bates) rode really well, Kyle (Howarth) tried extremely hard and Nathan (Greaves) did his job by beating his opposite number - apart from that we just weren't good enough again.”
SOMERSET team manager Garry May has challenged his side to pick up a victory of seven points or more on Wednesday – to ensure they send Edinburgh home empty handed.
The Rebels lost their first league meeting of the season at Sheffield last Thursday but bounced back in style by beating the Tigers 53-38 the following night.
May is now keen to build on their stunning home record.
Said May: “Edinburgh are having another good season, and have consistently picked up points on their travels, but the Somerset boys are also riding extremely well.
“It's one I feel we have the ability to not only win but in doing so, to also deny Edinburgh any league points from the match.”
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Last Updated : Tue 16 Aug 2016, 19:17 UK