NEXT ACTION: RYE HOUSEv POOLE - MONDAY 28 AUGUST
Having seen off Belle Vue Aces in the first of their two-in-a-day fixtures, the Volvo Cars Poole Pirates are looking to beat the traffic before going into action against fellow play-off seekers Rye House tonight (7.30pm)
Holding a 7 point lead in the Premiership table over the Rockets, the Pirates are all too aware that if they can produce something from this meeting then their chances of retaining their present fourth place in the league will be significantly boosted.
But they also won't need reminding that they are up against a team that has run in to some good form of late, especially since the Rockets crushed Poole at Wimborne Road 60-30 just 18 days ago. Since then the Rockets also saw off, then, play-off rivals Somerset by a similar score at Hoddesdon last time out, and they are reaping the benefit of a back-to-form Krzysztof Kasprzak, who they snapped wup when Poole released him last month.
Just as Kasprzak returned with stealth to his former home recently, so Poole will be hoping Edward Kennett can do something similar, having been released by the Rockets as part of their team-strengthening policy mid-term. Kennett has vast experience around the Rye House circuit unlike team-mate Timo Lahti who will be making his track debut tonight.
Lahti has proved his worth for the Pirates in recent matches and if he can quickly weigh up the track then his appearance at reserve could prove valuable to the Pirates cause.
If the pressure of a play-off six pointer is not enough in itself, this meeting has added spice as it will be covered by BT Sports live.
Rye House: Chris Harris, Ben Barker, Ricky Wells, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Scott Nicholls, Stuart Robson, Ben Morley Team manager Peter Schroek
Poole: Brady Kurtz, Jack Holder, Edward Kennett, Paul Starke, Hans Andersen, Timo Lahti, James Shanes Team manager Neil Middleditch
11/09 PIRATES 44 SWINDON 46
Final Standings (champions to be determined via play-offs)