Redcar v Berwick preview
Play-off chasing Redcar Agilia Bears will be hoping to continue their fine run of form, as they welcome Berwick to the Media Prima Arena this Friday (7:30pm start). The Bears currently sit in fourth place in the table, with 1 meeting in hand over Sheffield below them.
The Bears have been in great form at home recently, indeed winning the last three by a 53-37 scoreline! After three home meetings in the space of less than a week, promoter Jitendra Duffill wishes to thank Bears fans for their support:
“I’d like to express my gratitude to everybody who attended one or more of our 3 fixtures at the Media Prima Arena over the last couple of weeks. I was concerned about staging 3 fixtures here in 6 days but wasn’t really left with much of a choice. I’d made an appeal to all of you to do your best to support us and you certainly did. Crowds for our 2 league fixtures were fairly comparable to our normal attendance figures and I was pleasantly surprised by the turn out for the Under-19 Final, which was over two thirds of an average league attendance here. Thank you all so much for supporting your club!”
This Friday sees Berwick as the visitors. The Bandits will be without Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen who is injured, Nico Covatti will guest in his place. They have a team full of experienced riders around the MPA, with Aaron Summers, Kevin Doolan, Jye Etheridge and Coty Garcia all spending time with the Bears. Leon Flint also impressed with his all action style in the British under 19 Final last week. Duffill expects another tricky tie, and is full of admiration for the Bandits promotion:
“This we welcome the Berwick Bandits to the MPA. I have a lot of time and respect for the Berwick Promotion and Management who I think are forward thinking and very good for Speedway in the UK. Jamie Courtney has a proven background in staging motorcycling events as he has created and made a huge success of his Minibike Champs series. The Bandits will be sore from the points we took at their place a couple of weeks ago and I’m sure that Gary Flint will have his boys fired up for this one.”
The Bears will be at full strength for the meeting. The heatleader trio of Erik Riss, Charles Wright and Michael Palm Toft have been on fire recently and they will be hoping to keep that up on Friday.
Saturday then sees the Bears travel to Eastbourne in Championship action. Whilst league points are at stake in this clash, it will also give the Bears a good indication of how they will perform in the second leg of the KO Cup clash in September.
Join us on Friday for another superb night of Speedway – and don’t forget, Under 16’s go free with a paying adult.
Redcar: Erik Riss, Kasper Andersen, Michael Palm Toft, Jordan Stewart, Charles Wright, Tom Woolley, Nathan Greaves
Berwick: Aaron Summers, Dany Gappmaier, Nico Covatti, Kevin Doolan, Jye Etheridge, Coty Garcia, Leon Flint