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20th August 2017

Another change of race-night sees the Volvo Cars Poole Pirates head back into action earlier than normal following their return to winning ways last Wednesday, when they open the doors on Monday (21st) night for the visit of basement side Leicester.

Blighted by a near perpetual injury crisis the Lions have had more than their fair share of problems this term but Poole will be looking to pour on the misery as they seek to try and consolidate their current play-off position.

The Pirates have just six matches remaining of their regular season and following their recent points drought, they can ill-afford any further slip-ups and Poole boss Matt Ford will be looking at a follow-up performance to that they put in against Wolves.

"We raised our game last week, we needed to, so now it is a question of maintaining that improvement. We need to build on that win, we didn’t make it that comfortable for ourselves despite a good start. Looking at Leicester's away form they have hit 40 points on all but three of their travels, including here last time. Of course this time around they will have Kyle (Newman) and I am sure he will be keen to prove a point, just as Chris (Holder) and Krzysztof (Kasprzak) accomplished on their respective returns."

Leicester presently occupy the bottom rung in the SGB Premiership ladder and face the prospect of being involved in the end of season play-off promotion/relegation battle. They lost at home to strongly fancied Belle Vue on Saturday night when the Aces had Paul Starke guesting for them and scoring 4 points. They are hoping to have Polish sensation Pawel Przedpelski back after his injury lay-off but if he fails to reach fitness in time then they will operate rider replacement as cover.

After Monday the Pirates don't ride again as a team until Bank Holiday Monday (28th) when the Pirates face two matches in one day beginning with a home meeting against Belle Vue (11am), before setting off for Rye House in the evening. Then they are back at Poole on Wednesday to host King's Lynn, visit Lynn the following night and then complete their league programme at Somerset on Friday 1st September.


Monday's teams (from)

Poole - Hans Andersen (capt); Jack Holder, Edward Kennett, Brady Kurtz, Timo Lahti, James Shanes, Paul Starke - Team manager Neil Middleditch

Leicester - Lasse Bjerre, Kim Nilsson, Danny King, Pawel Przedpelski or rider replacement, Erik Riss, Josh Bates, Kyle Newman - Team manager Jim Lynch



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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