NEXT ACTION: SWINDON V POOLE - MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
Despite having lost in their home leg of the SGB Premiership Play-off semi-final the Volvo Cars Poole Pirates remain resolute that they can still reach the finals for the tenth time since the play-offs were introduced in 2002.
The Dorset side trail table-topping Swindon by two points after the Wimborne Road meeting ended 44-46 with the second leg due on Monday (25th).
"It's obviously a very tough ask knowing we have to win at Swindon to progress but it is fifteen heats of speedway after all and anything is possible. There is no room for error but if we can ride to our potential then there is no reason why we shouldn't be able to make it tough for them" admits Poole promoter Matt Ford, adding "Ideally we would have been going there with something to defend but things didn’t go our way in the early phase of the first leg. I guess if we look at the positives then it is the fact that we are only one heat advantage behind them. At one stage things were looking a lot bleaker but the lads finished strongly to keep us in this tie and whilst that remains the case then we will be keen to give it our best shot."
The Robins suffered the agony of losing their double dreams on Friday when they were eliminated at the semi-final stages of the Knockout Cup in a last heat decider at Belle Vue, but will go to post on Monday sporting the world championship leader Jason Doyle at number one, the Australian having given his world title aspirations a major boost extending his 10 point pre-meeting advantage to a massive 22 point lead in Stockholm on Saturday night, where he finished third in the final.
At the other end of their side the Robins will continue to be without reserve Zach Wajtknecht with Liam Carr covering for the injured youngster but are expected to have Bradley Wilson-Dean, who missed the first leg with a recurrence of a wrist injury, riding.
However this meeting finishes the aggregate victors will be unaware of their opponents for the final as the other semi-final between Wolverhampton and Belle Vue is only at its first leg stage with the concluding leg scheduled for Wednesday (27th) at Belle Vue following last Monday's postponement. The Grand Final dates are Monday 2nd October and Wednesday 4th October.
Monday's teams (from):
Swindon - D.Bellego, J.Doyle (capt), A.Ellis, N.Morris, T.Musielak, L.Carr (guest), B.Wilson-Dean - Team Manager Alun Rossiter
Poole - H.Andersen (capt), J.Holder, E.Kennett, B.Kurtz, T.Lahti, J.Shanes, P.Starke - Team Manager Neil Middleditch
Final Standings (champions to be determined via play-offs)