Premier League News from our rivals!
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 6th September 2016
BERWICK Chairman John Anderson has announced the club has been put up for sale after eight years in charge.
Said Anderson: “The strain of running the organisation has sapped our collective enthusiasm and stamina to the point where we recognise we have, personally, gone as far as we can.
“The time has come for others, perhaps younger and with fresh ideas for the onward progress and promotion of speedway in Berwick-upon-Tweed, to take over, buy us out and take up the challenge of running the club and delivering an entertaining weekly speedway show at Shielfield Park.”
EDINBURGH star Max Clegg escaped serious injury during their double-header against Redcar and Plymouth.
The Monarchs reserve landed heavily after being t-boned heavily by team-mate Mark Riss at Armadale last Friday.
Clegg told the Edinburgh Evening News: “Unfortunately, I bent a few things on my bike and smashed my racing helmet but it could have been a lot worse.”
GLASGOW skipper Aaron Summers was delighted to set a new track record at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium – just two races after team-mate Richie Worrall had achieved the same feat!
Worrall raced home in a time of 55.63 in heat two before Summers took the chequered flag in an even quicker time of 55.59 in the fourth.
Said Summers: “In my first heat I felt quick but I knew I could do a bit more – I made a good start and just pushed until the finish line and managed to get the record back, which was good.”
IPSWICH team manager Ritchie Hawkins says it's time for his side to stand up and be counted as they aim to keep their play-off hopes alive.
The Witches host Sheffield on Thursday before travelling to Redcar 24 hours later.
Said Hawkins: “It's quite simple what we need; we need two wins this week and we need to win by more than six against Sheffield to stop them getting a point, anything less is not good enough.
"Sheffield and Peterborough are the two teams we can catch mathematically and they have both dropped down the table a bit so the pressure is on them to keep those spots.”
NEWCASTLE stand-in manager Alan Hedley believes their 21-point home win over league leaders Somerset sent a powerful message out to their rivals.
The Diamonds stormed to a 57-36 victory at Brough Park which moved them up to third in the Premier League last Sunday.
Said Hedley: “I think most people had expected us to lose against the side who have only lost once all season, but the lads really dug in a showed what an excellent side we are; this really sets us up for a good play-off series, no doubt."
PETERBOROUGH returnee Kenneth Bjerre admits he's glad to be back with the Panthers after two-and-a-half seasons away from the East of England Showground.
Said Bjerre: “Even though I must admit it is not ideal for me to be in the Premier League, it will be great to be back riding for a club where I have spent a lot of happy years.
"I never managed to win a trophy during my seven years racing for the Panthers and hopefully I can help the club be successful now.”
PLYMOUTH have been dealt a further blow after an estimated £20,000 worth of damage was caused in an act of vandalism at their St Boniface Arena
Devils team manager Lee Trigger said: “Every single one of our 32 air fence panels have been slashed.
“We closed in March due to financial issues so this is the last thing we needed.
“Other tracks have offered to help us but we need a long term plan for next season because even if we repair some of it, it won't last.”
REDCAR will be looking to return to winning ways when they host Ipswich on Friday.
The Bears were comfortably beaten 62-28 at Edinburgh on Friday before crashing to a 54-39 defeat at Scunthorpe on Sunday.
Redcar currently sit just one point above bottom placed Rye House who have three meetings in hand over the Bears.
RYE HOUSE face a backlog of fixtures after their two weekend meetings were postponed due to wet weather.
The Rockets were looking to bounce back from their 56-37 defeat at Sheffield on Thursday, but their clashes against Scunthorpe and Peterborough were unable to go ahead.
Rye House currently sit bottom of the table after losing nine straight Premier League meetings.
SCUNTHORPE's Lewis Kerr admits he's glad he signed for the Scorpions earlier in the season after being released by Ipswich.
Said Kerr: “Since I came into the Scunthorpe team, it's helped to transform my season.
“I'm really enjoying it at Scunthorpe; the team is gelling well and it's a shame that the season is coming to an end.”
SHEFFIELD co-boss Marc Bates admitted his side were simply beaten by the better team as they suffered a heavy 62-30 defeat at Glasgow last Sunday.
Said Bates: “Glasgow are a strong side and they were just much better than us on the day.
“All the lads tried their best but it wasn't good enough. We still have a good opportunity to make the play-offs, so we'll try and pick ourselves up and get something from Ipswich on Thursday.”
SOMERSET boss Garry May says his side's attentions are firmly on Friday's League Cup semi-final home tie against Sheffield despite sealing their place at the top of the Premier League.
A 45-45 draw at Berwick on Monday ensured the Rebels cannot be overtaken and finish the regular league programme in top spot.
Said May: “The two league matches between ourselves and Sheffield would indicate that this could go down to the wire
“The obvious aim will be to build up as big a first leg lead with which to go to Owlerton on the 22nd.”
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