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21st April 2017

Just eight days after visiting one new club to top flight British Speedway the VOLVO CARS POOLE PIRATES visit the other on Saturday night when the travel to Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

The Rye House Rockets have been active making changes both off track and even more recently on-track. Another start of season struggle for Poole asset Dave Watt, despite his promising showing Down Under this winter,  has prompted the Rye management into a team redeclaration with Ricky Wells stepping in to replace Watt.

Wells will make his first appearance for the Rockets on Saturday and has been a proven scorer around the Hoddesdon circuit in recent campaigns.

The Pirates will be without Lewis Kerr for this fixture and have booked Bradley Wilson-Dean to cover. The New Zealander scored paid 10 on his visit earlier this season with his SGB Premiership club Swindon in the Knockout Cup.

The Rockets have won both their home SGB Premiership league matches so far - a 10 point win over Wolverhampton to launch their season and then a 50-42 victory over King's Lynn last weekend.

Poole confront the near unstoppable Edward Kennet around the Hertfordshire circuit and with fellow Brits Scott Nicholls and Chris Harris adding plenty of experience and ability,  the Pirates will be tested to the hilt.

Poole boss Matt Ford said "Once again it will be nice to go to a new track but to some extent that means we are very much going into the unknown. Over the winter the promotion there have been making plenty of changes and it might take us a race or two to get dialled in - particularly for Krzysztof (Kasprzak) and Hans who probably have not seen the place too much before."

The Pirates were knocked off top spot in the league when Belle Vue won their meeting at King's Lynn on Wednesday night and with the Aces hosting Leicester on Friday the Pirates could be facing a four point deficit over the new leaders.

Teams from

Rye House - Chris Harris, Edward Kennett, Scott Nicholls, Stuart Robson, Ricky Wells, Rob Branford, Ellis Perks Team manager Peter Schroek

Poole - Hans Andersen, Jack Holder, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Brady Kurtz, Bradley Wilson-Dean (guest), Nicolai Klindt, James Shanes Team manager Neil Middleditch

League table

Pos  Club  M W D L 4W 3W D 1L L Pts
1 Swindon 28 11 1 2 5 3 0 3 3 66
2 Wolverhampton 28 13 0 1 4 1 0 5 4 63
3 Belle Vue 28 10 1 3 3 4 0 3 4 58
4 Poole 28 8 0 6 3 2 3 2 4 50
5 Rye House 28 12 0 2 1 2 0 2 9 48
6 Somerset 28 7 1 6 0 3 0 1 10 32
7 King's Lynn 28 5 0 9 1 3 0 1 9 29
8 Leicester 28 6 1 7 0 1 1 3 9 27

Final Standings (champions to be determined via play-offs)

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