Poole's promising young Australian Brady Kurtz has been ruled out of this evening's trip to Coventry (7.30pm) after being struck down with a flu bug.
Poole ReadyPower Pirates saw a brght, encouraging start to this meeting finish in heart-break in the most dramatic of circumstances as Chris Harris saved the day for the home side.
Coventry arrived fully intent on trying to rock the form book and were certainly giving the Pirates plenty to contend with in the early exchanges until the Pirates' Powerhouse kicked in.
Visitors to the Dolphin Shopping Mall in the centre of Poole will be able to get a glimpse of the ReadyPower Pirates thanks to a window display generously donated by the centre management.
Poole's promising reserve Adam Ellis missed out on lifting the British U21 final at Sheffield last evening, gaining overall third place after automatically qualifying for the all-deciding final race.
Poole Pirates owner Matt Ford fulfilled a 'lifelong' ambition yesterday when he eventually met up with his favourite group The Cult in the U.S.A.
Poole's on-song reserve Adam Ellis is to expand his racing commitments having agreed to ride for the Eastbourne Eagles in the third tier of British Speedway.
For the first time in four visits to the Arena Essex Raceway a Poole side left pointless as the Lakeside Hammers turned a six point deficit into a 50-40 league victory in a traffic delayed meeting.
Having claimed their 1,150th all-time league win on Wednesday night with a 57-33 Wimborne Road triumph over Lakeside, the Pirates travel to Essex on Friday for what promises to be a stern test.
Season Starts March 2018 (for 2017 table click here)