Redcar ‘ECCO Finishing Supplies’ Bears v Scunthorpe Scorpions – Thursday 12th April – Championship Shield
Redcar ‘ECCO Finishing Supplies’ Bears get their home fixtures underway with a Championship Shield clash with Scunthorpe at the Media Prima Arena on Thursday, with a 7:30pm start.
The Bears will be taking on a strong Scunthorpe side who defeated them 58-32 last Friday night, but Jitendra Duffill has full faith that given a little time this side will show its potential:
Our first match against Scunthorpe was tough and they are a very, very good side. There is obviously a lot of room for improvement for us but it’s very early days I know we can be a lot better than we showed. This year we are looking at building for the future. We need to improve our asset base and have therefore brought in 2 very promising young talents in Jordan Stewart and Mikkel B Andersen. In a year or two we hope to reap the rewards and be in a strong position when it comes to team building. Building a side this year has been very challenging and I don’t want to be in the same position year on year. Sometimes you have to take a little step back in order to move forwards so we may need to be a little patient as our new boys find their feet. However, I believe that our side is full of potential and given time they will come good.
The Bears go into the meeting at full strength, with Ben Barker and Matej Kus leading the charge from the heatleader positions. It is at reserve where the Bears look particularly strong however, with both Tobias Busch and new boy Theo Pijper performing well at Scunthorpe.
Our first aim has to be to win at home so tonight is a good opportunity for us to make amends and will lay down a bit of a benchmark. It was encouraging to see our 2 reserves go well at Scunthorpe and Tobi and Theo are going to be so important to us.
Scunthorpe will go into the meeting without the unfortunate Steve Worrall, who broke his leg in the meeting on Friday after tangling with Jonas B Andersen. Lewis Kerr will guest in his place. Duffill and all at Redcar pass on their best wishes to Steve:
Best wishes to Steve Worrall who broke his leg last Friday. The accident looked to be a pure racing incident and was awful to witness. It’s such a shame for him to pick up a big injury as this year was looking to be a big one for him.
The Scunthorpe side has a number of riders who go well around Redcar, including last years Bears number 1 Jason Garrity and ex-Bear Josh Auty. It should prove to be an exciting meeting, and we hope to see you all there!
Redcar: Ben Barker (captain), Jordan Stewart, Jonas B Andersen, Mikkel B Andersen, Matej Kus, Tobias Busch, Theo Pijper
Scunthorpe: Lewis Kerr (guest), Stefan Nielsen, Josh Auty, Jake Allen, Jason Garrity (captain), Danny Phillips, Gino Manzares