Parr: We’re buzzing as a team!
Redcar team boss, Gavin Parr has hailed the team spirit inside the Bears pits as Redcar’s southern tour rolls into Poole tonight. The Redcar Bears take on the Poole Pirates with tapes up at 7:30 at Wimborne Road.
Parr, who masterminded Redcar’s 49-41 win at Plymouth last night, is overjoyed with the atmosphere within the Redcar camp, “ The lads are all buzzing at the moment, things are going really well and the guys are working really hard for each other, we cannot fault them!”
With Charles Wright still suffering with a suspected dead leg, Parr explained the difficulties he’s had to secure a number 1 for tonight’s match, “ I have tried loads of riders including flying a rider in a day early from Poland but he also couldn’t do it. I can assure everybody that I will be trying riders again before the meeting and also seeing if Charles is feeling any better but if I can’t, rider replacement will be in operation.”
The former Redcar Cubs team boss is also confident the side are heading in the right direction at the right time of the season, “ It’s coming towards the business end of 2023 for us now. I really think we are all starting to show some great form and we are going to Poole full of confidence.”
The Bears team boss also heaped praise on Redcar’s Erik Riss, who top scored against Plymouth with paid 15, “ Erik is an out and out heat leader and he was superb last night, I want my stronger rider at number 4 to take heat 14 and with Connor’s (Bailey) improvement, he is now able to take care of his own business in heat 12.”
Whilst the Bears are in good form, Parr knows the challenges Poole brings with the Pirates the reigning, back to back Cab Direct Championship winners, “ Poole are a great side that have a huge habit of winning meetings!”
With the skipper, Charles Wright ruled out with injury, Redcar have named Danny King as the stand-in captain. The Bears promotion will be hopeful of another barrage of points from the aforementioned former Poole skipper, whilst Erik Riss will also be looking to continue his upward trajectory with the German hitting paid 22 from his last 2 Cab Direct Championship meetings.
With regular guest Luke Harrison on National Development League duty with Workington, Redcar bring in Berwick’s Connor Coles to guest in place of Jake Mulford.
The hosts also have injury concerns with 2022 Bear Adam Roynon out with the Pirates drafting in Joe Thompson to guest. Incredibly, Poole track 4 former Bears with the likeable Kyle Newman at number 2.
The Pirates also have a superb heat leader trio of Richard Lawson, Steve Worrall and Ben Cook with their skipper, Worrall full of confidence after his 2nd place finish at the Sports Insure British Final which has secured him the prized wildcard at Cardiff.
- Richard Lawson 8.57
- Kyle Newman 5.04
- Ben Cook 6.70
- Zach Cook 5.88
- Steve Worrall © 8.00
- Anders Rowe 4.93
- Joe Thompson (G) 3.67
Redcar “Agilia” Bears
1 Rider Replacement for Charles Wright 8.13
2 Danyon Hume 5.20
3 Connor Bailey 4.79
4 Erik Riss 7.77
5 Danny King(C) 8.05
6 Jason Edwards 4.11
7 Connor Coles (G) 3.14
™: Gavin Parr