Redcar v Leicester preview – Championship Shield – Friday 19th April
After a short break, Redcar Agilia Bears return to action this Friday as they take on the Leicester Lions in the Championship Shield (7:30pm start).
Last time out at the Media Prima Arena, the Bears were in fine form as they beat a strong Sheffield team. Unfortunately for us, we then fell to defeat away at Sheffield which places extra importance on getting full points in this fixture if we are to qualify. Promoter Jitendra Duffill has been pleased with the home form so far this season:
Our form at the MPA has been good so far and it will need to continue against a Leicester side that have started the season well. We will be looking to make amends for a couple of disappointing away fixtures in the Shield to date which leaves us needing points in our remaining fixtures to progress to the Semi Finals. Not an impossible task, but certainly a tough one given the strength of our group.
Co-promoter Jade Mudgway was also delighted with the performance at home against Sheffield, with some great racing on the night. None more so than the superb heat 14 win by Jordan Stewart over Ty Proctor:
All the Bears contributed with points and we really worked well as a team. We knew Sheffield would be a hard team to beat around our track so we set to work and it paid off. Jordan’s heat 14 ride to pass Proctor when the match was already won was brilliant. It showed just how good of a rider he is becoming and he still has massive potential too. Charles was on the same top form that we have been seeing from him this season, and I’m glad to say he suffered no lasting injuries from his heat 15 fall. Our captain Ben Barker also returned to his usual form, racking up the points.
Leicester come to the Media Prima Arena in good form themselves, and are led by ex-GP Star and 7 times British Champion Scott Nicholls. Richie Worrall provides strong support while Josh Bates has started off the season in fine form. Ellis Perks also returns to his former club. The Bears will be at full strength. Mudgways expecting another tough evening, but promises the Bears will give their all!
Friday will not be any easier for the Bears, but you can be sure you will see battling and racing on the best race track in the country!
Redcar: Michael Palm Toft, Tom Bacon, Ben Barker, Jordan Stewart, Charles Wright, Nathan Greaves, Jack Smith
Leicester: Scott Nicholls, Ellis Perks, Josh Bates, Ryan Douglas, Richie Worrall, Jack Thomas, Connor Mountain