Premier League News from our rivals!
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 4th October 2016
EDINBURGH's hopes of another Premier League title were ended as they crashed out of the second tier play-offs at the quarter-final stage.
The Monarchs secured a 53-37 second leg win at home over Ipswich on Friday, but they went down 95-85 on aggregate.
Promoter Alex Harkess said: "It was a tall order though and we needed everything to go right, which didn't happen.
"We've had a decent season but I wish we'd done better in the first leg!”
GLASGOW hope to be at full strength for their prospective League Cup Final first leg against Somerset this weekend.
The Tigers still have to officially confirm their place in the Final – they defend a massive 64-25 advantage at Workington on Saturday – and have seen several of their riders involved in heavy crashes in recent weeks.
Manager Stewart Dickson said: “Things can change very quickly but we're hopeful they'll be OK.
"Nike (Lunna) should be back at the weekend and it would be nice to get back to seven riders.”
IPSWICH have set-up a play-off semi-final with Somerset after defending their 26 point first leg lead against Edinburgh.
The Witches came under some pressure from the Monarchs but eventually came out 95-85 victors on aggregate.
Team boss Ritchie Hawkins said: "I think in the past, Ipswich teams I have been involved in have cracked under the pressure, but we seem to have a new-found mental strength and are thriving under the pressure and are stepping up to the task.
"I think we are using it as a positive rather than a negative when we need to get a result.”
NEWCASTLE boss George English couldn't hide his frustration as his side missed out on a place in the play-off semi-finals after last heat heartache against Sheffield.
The Diamonds were beaten 92-88 on aggregate but they will now turn their attentions back to the Knockout Cup.
Said English: "Sheffield, who needed three guests naturally chose carefully and brought in three lads who race really well here and effectively strengthened them a fair bit on their usual line-up, but that's what speedway does at time and just gets horribly frustrating.
"We still have the Knockout Cup to aim for and if the lads want more meetings in the Cup Final then they need to perform at Rye House on Saturday and back here next Sunday."
RYE House boss Peter Schroeck insists his side will revel in the tag of underdogs when they face Newcastle in the KO Cup semi-final this weekend.
Schroeck said: “We've been proving people wrong for pretty much the whole season, and that includes some really close misses both home and away, so it will pretty much be business as usual in that regard this weekend.
“As I've said before, don't read too much into our League position. We all know what we are capable of, and it is all about making sure we click as a unit on Saturday so that we can pick up a bag of points to take up to Newcastle for the second leg.”
SHEFFIELD will take on Glasgow in the play-off semi-finals after a dramatic aggregate victory over Newcastle.
The Tigers struck a last heat 5-1 at Brough Park to secure a 92-88 win against the Diamonds over the two legs.
Team boss Eric Boocock said: "The team spirit was fantastic, the three guest riders gave us 110% and were absolutely tremendous – you couldn't ask for any more.
"We've got another two meetings now and the lads can make it or break it. If the lads want it enough then they're only two meetings away from the final, so it's all to play for.”
SOMERSET go head-to-head with Ipswich on Friday in the first leg of their play-off semi-final at the Oaktree Arena.
After crashing out of the Knockout Cup at the hands of Glasgow on Sunday, Rebels boss Garry May says his side are keen to get back to winning ways.
Said May: "The boys are doubly keen to make amends for our KO Cup exit, and there will be no better way to do that than to build up a healthy first leg lead against the Witches.
"Although we have already done the double over the Witches earlier in the season, they are a different proposition to when we met them back in April, and they come into Friday's match on the back of a decent run of results.”
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Last Updated : Tue 04 Oct 2016, 23:38 UK