POOLE TO BE TESTED
POOLE promoter Danny Ford expects another tough test tonight (Wednesday – Uk time) against Plymouth as the Pirates look to build another home run.
The last meeting at Wimborne Road saw Championship leaders Leicester become the first visiting side in 24 matches to take victory, and the Gladiators are also fellow play-off contenders with a strong away record.
However, Plymouth are without Ben Barker after his crash at Peterborough on Monday, and they bring in Kyle Howarth to guest with rider-replacement in operation at No.1.
Ford said: “Without a doubt, Plymouth are going to provide stubborn opposition against us, and their league form has been pretty solid.
“Looking at their record they have not scored less than 41 points on their league travels this season, and you look at their side and instantly you see why.
They are genuine play-off contenders, and they are riding high on confidence of late. “Of course, our Cup victory against them was impressive but that doesn’t give us anything other than the bragging rights for Wednesday. They are going to be tough, and we need to have solid contributions right through the team.
“I do know that our lads are well capable of doing that, and so I think the stage is set for an intriguing meeting which should produce plenty of excitement and entertainment.”
BIRMINGHAM have booked their former rider Paco Castagna to guest in tonight’s (Wednesday) Championship clash with Redcar.
Castagna, who steps in for the injured Josh Auty, was a popular figure in his two seasons at Perry Barr before moving to Edinburgh last winter.
The Brummies otherwise track a full line-up with Claus Vissing back in the side after Danish commitments, whilst the play-off chasing Bears are at full-strength.
Birmingham co-owner Nigel Tolley said: “Just for a change, everything more-or-less went our way against Plymouth (last Wednesday) and we came away with the kind of result that we should’ve been getting a lot more times this season.
“It was important to get some more league points on the table and although Redcar also look like another strong team, the riders will be able to carry through some confidence from that win over Plymouth I’m sure.”
OXFORD have booked Chris Harris to guest for skipper Scott Nicholls in tonight’s (Wednesday) Championship match against second-placed Glasgow.
Nicholls misses out after a crash at Peterborough on Monday, whilst the Cheetahs also hand a first senior call-up to youngster Luke Killeen with Josh MacDonald also ruled out.
The home side operate rider replacement for Kyle Newman, who missed the reverse fixture at Ashfield last week due to illness.
Glasgow track a full-strength line-up as they bid to close the gap on leaders Leicester ahead of their home clash with the Lions on Friday.
THURSDAY JUNE 23:
PREMIERSHIP: Ipswich v Peterborough 7.30, King’s Lynn v Sheffield 7.30
FRIDAY JUNE 24:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Edinburgh v Oxford 7.30, Glasgow v Leicester 7.30, Redcar v TBC 7.30
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Berwick 7.30
SATURDAY JUNE 25:
CHAMPIONSHIP: Berwick v Scunthorpe 7pm, Leicester v Birmingham 7pm