NEXT ACTION: SOMERSET v POOLE - SEPTEMBER 1ST
After their successful mission in Norfolk last night the Volvo Cars Poole Pirates have a much shorter journey to contend with and could confirm their place in the play-offs for the 8th successive season, when the visit the Oak Tree Arena tonight (Friday) to take on Somerset.
Victory by any margin for the Pirates would put them beyond the reach of fellow play-off hopefuls Rye House who were frustrated in their quest to cling on to the coat-tails of the Pirates whn the second part of the double header at King's Lynn fell victim to the weather.
The Pirates had managed a dramatic 50-43 victory to acquire all four leage points against the Stars to move 8 points clear of Rye House, but the Rockets can only pick up a maximum of 10 more points, provided they can schedule in the rearrangement by Monday's deadline.
Poole's quest against the Rebels has been made that little bit tougher as they will be without Jack Holder and James Shanes for this final league meeting of the season for both clubs. Holder has decided to take advantage of practice for the U21 World Team Cup whilst Shanes is competing in the next round of the world longtrack GP.
Rider replacement will operate for Holder with George Wood deputising for Shanes. The Rebels will also operate rider replacement due to Cameron Heeps' absence through injury and they will have Kevin Doolan standing in for the injured Jake Allen at reserve.
It does however mean a return to the Oak Tree for former Rebels Brady Kurtz and Paul Starke, whilst 2017 stand-in Pirate Lewis Kerr, who is in great form at the moment, will be in opposition.
Somerset: Josh Grajczonek (capt), Rider Replacement for Cameron Heeps, Patrick Hougaard, Richard Lawson, Charles Wright, Kevin Doolan (guest), Lewis Kerr
Poole - Hans Andersen (capt), Rider Replacement for Jack Holder, Edward Kennett, Brady Kurtz, Paul Starke, Timo Lahti, Georgie Wood (guest)
11/09 PIRATES 44 SWINDON 46
Final Standings (champions to be determined via play-offs)