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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 11th October 2016
GLASGOW racer Rene Bach insists their League Cup dream isn't over despite suffering a 48-42 defeat in their home leg of the Final to Somerset on Sunday.
The Tigers found themselves six points up with five races gone but conceding a trio of consecutive 5-1s mid-meeting proved costly in the end for the Ashfield outfit.
“We're only half-way there,” Bach said.
“We were leading last time we were at Somerset when the meeting got abandoned – I know they were unlucky that time – but as we've seen, anything can happen, and we'll see what happens in the second leg on Friday.”
IPSWICH team boss Ritchie Hawkins believes his side have got what it takes to overturn a 16-point deficit and reach the Premier League play-off final.
The Witches fell to a 53-37 defeat at Somerset last Friday but says team spirit could play a crucial role in the second leg at Foxhall this Thursday.
Said Hawkins: “We are led by the British Champion (Danny King) and he has been exceptional on and off the track and I'm confident we will all be out there fighting for every point on Thursday.
“We don't need to worry about who we are racing against because we've been very good at Ipswich; we are the underdogs but we have been for the last six months!”
NEWCASTLE team manager George English is confident his side can be a serious match for Glasgow in their Knockout Cup Final clash.
The Diamonds will host the Tigers on Sunday, October 23 with the return leg in Scotland the following evening.
Speaking after Newcastle's 56-34 semi-final second leg home win over Rye House, English said: “It was a great performance from the lads after the first leg was such a trial to say the least.
“The way they bounced back and fought for their Final place was excellent and to be honest with this attitude I think we will give Glasgow a serious run for their money in a couple of weeks time."
PETERBOROUGH are set to hold a fans forum - and promoter Ged Rathbone insists ‘no questions are off limits'.
The Panthers looked comfortable in the play-off positions for the majority of the campaign, but two wins in ten at the back end of the season saw them narrowly miss out on the end of season competition.
Said Rathbone: “We're all still disappointed about how the 2016 season turned out and I'm expecting plenty of questions about what went wrong.
“We pride ourselves on being as open and honest with our supporters as possible.”
PLYMOUTH captain Kyle Newman accepts he will be moving to a different Premier League club in 2017.
Newman has admitted his frustration over the announcement that the Devils' trading company has been placed into liquidation, which leaves the future uncertain at the St Boniface Arena.
Newman said: “It's an extremely frustrating situation and I feel sorry for (manager) Lee Trigger in all this. He has acted as a middle man between the riders and promotion all season even though he has nothing to do with payments.
“It's been an extremely difficult time, my hardest in speedway, but I think it's time for me to move on.”
RYE HOUSE boss Peter Schroeck has praised his side despite missing out on a place in the Premier League Knockout Cup Final.
The Rockets held a slender four point advantage from the first leg but a 56-34 defeat at Newcastle so them go down 99-81 on aggregate to the Diamonds.
“We hung in there for a long time,” said Schroeck. “Everybody gave it their all, and we always kept believing in ourselves.
“I'm really proud of the boys; they gave it their best shot against very tough opponents, and you can't ask for more than that.”
SHEFFIELD have turned to two familiar faces to help them in their Premier League play-off semi-final this week.
The Owlerton side stunned Newcastle in the previous round and now take on Glasgow on Thursday with former club men Ricky Wells and Josh Auty standing in for Jason Garrity and Dimitri Berge – whilst rider replacement will cover for their third sidelined rider, Simon Stead.
Tigers co-promoter Damien Bates said: We'd like to welcome Ricky and Josh into the team, they're good lads who go well around Owlerton so we feel we have a good chance of getting a lead from the first leg.
“Thursday is a massive night for us all and we're going for it!”
SOMERSET face crucial back-to-back meetings later this week in what could be a season defining couple of days for the Rebels.
They travel to Ipswich on Thursday with a 16-point advantage in their play-off semi-final tie before hosting Glasgow at the Oaktree Arena on Friday where they are looking to hold on to their six point lead to be crowned Premier League Cup Champions.
Team boss Garry May said: “We will go to Ipswich looking to win the match rather than trying to defend our lead.
“16 points is what we have to work with if we want to make it through to what would be a fourth Grand Final in five years.
“Some people might like to think that we have got one hand on the League Cup, but nothing is won yet.
“We will be taking nothing for granted come Friday's second leg as Glasgow are a quality side and will come at us with all guns blazing.”
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