Redcar v Sheffield preview – Friday 5th April – 7:30pm
After a busy weekend, Redcar Agilia Bears return to the Media Prima Arena this Friday to take on one of the favourites for the title this year, Sheffield Tigers with a 7:30pm start.
It was a good start to the season for the Bears, with 2 wins out of three and some silverware in the form of the Tyne Tees Trophy. Promoter Jitendra Duffill was a happy man with what he saw from his side:
I was very pleased with what I saw from our side last week. We had contributions from every member of our team and I found that very encouraging. We will always have meetings where one or two riders have an ‘off’ night, but we should have enough strength in depth to cover for that and have riders who can step up to the plate when needed.
Our target at Newcastle on Sunday was never to win the Tyne Tees Trophy on aggregate, but to win on the night. We were very clear about that in our team talk on track and believed that it was achievable. The victory was a superb way to respond to a poor result the night before and it was good to get some silverware back to Teesside.
All 7 riders have made good contributions so far, and co-promoter Jade Mudgway was keen to praise two riders in particular for some stellar performances:
The whole team contributed to the win on Sunday , but I think a special mention is needed for Nathan, who was brilliant in the pivotal races.
Another rider who really impressed me was Charles Wright. Every race he is in is a massive boost for us and I think he will be one of the top riders (if not the top rider) in our league this year.
The Bears are back to full strength on Friday, after Jack Smith missed the meeting at Newcastle on Sunday. Sheffield come to the Media Prima Arena with a very strong side on paper. Led by former British Champion Danny King, they have a MPA track specialist in Ty Proctor whilst Zaine Kennedy is the latest Aussie to come to the UK with huge potential. And at reserve, they have one of the best young British reserves in Drew Kemp. Duffill is expecting another tough clash:
Sheffield look very strong in 2019 and are on of my tips for a play off spot, so this will be a difficult and testing encounter for us. I’m looking forward to seeing what Drew Kemp is capable of as I’ve heard lots of good things about him . Sheffield are very lucky to have him in their side and he could be a trump card for them.
Tapes are up at 7:30pm, we hope to see as many of you at the MPA as possible to cheer the boys on in what should be another exciting meeting!
Redcar: Michael Palm Toft, Tom Bacon, Ben Barker, Jordan Stewart, Charles Wright, Nathan Greaves, Jack Smith
Sheffield: Danny King, Zaine Kennedy, Kasper Andersen, Ty Proctor, Kyle Howarth, Broc Nicol, Drew Kemp