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What an advert this was for good action speedway as the teams third and first in the league were equal matches for each other, and there was a touch of irony in that the Rider of the Night was a Poole reserve - ironic because it is in that department where the Stars have been head and shoulders above the rest of the league this season.
Poole have been able to make a late change ahead of their trip to Eastbourne this evening (Saturday 19th, 7.30pm) following the early postponement of the Premielr League fixture between Rye House and Peterborough, with former Pirate Edward Kennett stepping into the vacancy position left by Vaclav Milik who is racing in the world U21 championship final in Lonigo, Italy.
Poole begin a busy sequence of three matches in four days, all in the quest for league points as they seek to further consolidate their top four placing.
On Monday the Pirates head for Manchester to face Belle Vue and that is the only one of six venues visited by the Pirates this season so far from which they have failed to come back with any reward.
Poole Pirates managed to find a late rally to secure another three league points with a heat to spare as they eventually fought off a resilient Wolverhampton side that kept countering their heat scores. And, with skipper Darcy Ward taking a heavy fall in the first running of the final heat the Poole faithful were grateful that Vaclav Milik's heat 14 win supported by Kyle Newman's third place had put the meeting beyond the reach of the Midlanders.
After witnessing a highly entertaining meeting at Wimborne Road just 7 days ago and having seen his charges Poole collect a well-deserved draw at Eastbourne last night, Poole boss Matt Ford is expecting plenty more mouth-watering speedway racing when Wolverhampton visit on Wednesday night (2nd July).
Visiting a side that has sixteen successive home league wins with an average winning margin of 16 points, which in their 9 meetings of 2014 alone increases to 19 points, and holding fourth place in the Elite league, is a measure of the task that the Poole Coastal Aluminium Pirates face on Monday (30th June) night (7pm).
DARCY WARD missed out on reaching the Grand Final in Copenhagen after scoring 8 points from his qualifying heats to finish as one of the top 8 scorers on the night. As a semi-finalist Ward missed the chance of progressing to the final when hs 2013 Pirate team-mate, evergreen Greg Hancock foiled every attempt the Poole skipper made to try and improve on his third place.
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