Premier League News from our rivals!
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 27th September 2016
EDINBURGH legend Ryan Fisher has announced he will retire at the end of the 2016 season.
Said Fisher: "The family are the number one priority for me; my career has been a big part of our lives, our lifestyle has been built around speedway.
"We did talk a short while back about possibly doing another year, we've had so many good years here, but I thought about it and decided that we are just putting off the rest of our lives, it would just be another year later and we would be no better off."
GLASGOW boss Stewart Dickson says his side can't afford to be complacent despite picking up a 38-34 away victory at Somerset in their Knockout Cup semi-final clash.
Said Dickson: "To be honest I felt we should have won by more, given the fact that they were weakened; there was an opportunity to win by more than four.
"The tie is far from over and our guys know that. But we've given ourselves a great chance of making two finals now – and we can't ask for anything more than that.”
IPSWICH team manager Ritchie Hawkins was thrilled by his side's 58-32 play-off quarter final home win over Edinburgh - but is wary of the danger the Monarchs possess around their own circuit ahead of Friday's second leg.
Said Hawkins: "Edinburgh have beaten many a side over the years by more than 26 points - they are the two-time reigning Champions!"
"But the boys are starting to believe how good they are now and we've come into form at the right time of the season."
NEWCASTLE boss George English is backing British youngster Robert Lambert to have a successful end to the season after scoring a maximum in their 61-31 demolition of Scunthorpe.
Said English: "It was a good run-out for the lads with Robert looking sharper that he has all season.
"With his World Under-21 bid coming up at the weekend, then he's hit form at just the right time, as he has for us with the play-offs and Knockout Cup conclusions all approaching over the next few weeks. "We're a side ready to take on the challenge!”
PETERBOROUGH sent a patched up side to Edinburgh last Friday - and suffered a heavy 59-33 defeat.
Panthers boss Carl Johnson said: "It was a disappointing way to end a season which we would all like to forget.
“Now is the time to reflect on the past few months, assess the things that went wrong and look at what can be put right in the future.”
SCUNTHORPE were comfortably beaten 61-31 at Newcastle on Sunday - and Austrian racer Fritz Wallner sustained a suspected broken ankle in the process.
Scorpions team manager Dave Peet said: "Fritz went into the corner all wrong and lost control. I hope he's avoided breaking his ankle, while if it is broken, I wish him a speedy recovery and he's got the winter to get fit and strong again.
"It was the usual uphill battle for us at Newcastle. We didn't seem to start that badly, but we struggled to keep up with the changes to the track. We battled away, but couldn't stop them from pulling away."
SHEFFIELD reserve Arthur Sissis admits his side are relieved just to have reached the end-of-season play-offs ahead of their quarter-final tie with Newcastle.
Sissis told the Sheffield Star: "With all the injuries and bad luck we've had, I think we've done really well just to make it in the end.
"But now we're here, we want to go all the way but it's going to take a massive team effort.
"We haven't got the best record at their place but we can improve and gaining an advantage from our home meeting will be important."
SOMERSET boss Garry May is taking inspiration from their narrow Premier League victory at Glasgow last month, as they head to Scotland on Sunday trailing by four points in their Knockout Cup semi-final tie.
Said May: "It just means that we have to go to there on Sunday and take the win, just as we did in the league, so this tie is far from over!
"We will have Jake Allen restored to the side for Sunday's match and although Jake has never previously ridden at Glasgow, he has already shown on a number of occasions this year that he is a quick learner!"
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