NEXT ACTION: PIRATES V WOLVES - WEDNESDAY 16 AUGUST
With the VOLVO CARS POOLE PIRATES having suffered a miserable August so far, they next face the might of defending Elite league champions at Wolverhampton (Wednesday 16th).
On the back of a club record home losing streak the Pirates need to swiftly return to winning ways as they haven't tasted Wmborne Road success since their defeat of Leicester on June 21st. Ironically, the last league points Poole posted to their account was their reward for an away win at Wolverhampton on July 17th.
The Pirates' occupancy of the final play-off place has become increasingly precarious and Poole boss Matt Ford is hoping that the Pirates can rekindle some of their strong early season form "It just hasn't been happening for us of late for whatever reason. All too frequently we have not been strong enough from the starts and have continually made things difficult for ourselves. I believe that our sponsors and fan base deserve better than what we have been serving up and we are running out of meetings to try and prove ourselves. We are only too aware of how strong Wolverhampton are and are under no false illussions, but we have shown that they (Wolves) are beatable and if ever we needed three league points it is now."
The visitors will continue to be without former Pirate Sam Masters who is nursing a broken collarbone but with Kyle Howarth, another who has given service to Poole in his career and in a rich vein of form at present, joining Jacob Thorssell, Rory Schlein and either of the reserves as eligible to take a Masters' ride then the arrival of the Wolves leaves Poole facing another tough prospect.
The Pirates will have newly crowned European Grasstrack champion - James Shanes - on show and are unchanged from the side that were crushed by Rye House just under a week ago.
Poole - Hans Andersen (capt), Jack Holder, Edward Kennett, Brady Kurtz, Timo Lahti, James Shanes, Paul Starke - Team manager Neil Middleditch
Wolverhampton - Kyle Howarth, Freddie Lindgren (capt),Rider Replacement for Sam Masters, Rory Schlein, Jacob Thorssell, Nathan Greaves, Ellis Perks - Team manager Peter Adams
11/09 PIRATES 44 SWINDON 46
Final Standings (champions to be determined via play-offs)