Wednesday June 05, 2019
Somerset youngster Henry Atkins has been given the all-clear to return to the saddle and has immediately been included in the Somerset Select side that will race against Plymouth next Wednesday (12th June) at the Oaktree.

The 18 year old sustained a dislocated shoulder during the Rebels' last meeting and was looking at an extensive lay-off. But having undergone a rigorous sports therapy treatment, to which he has responded well, he has been able to hasten the recovery time significantly.

His return to the track will be in the first leg of the South West Challenge that the Somerset management have agreed with National League club Plymouth, the return leg having been added to the fixtures for Friday 28th June.

Joining Atkins in the Somerset side next week for certain will be his fellow reserve Anders Rowe together with Todd Kurtz and local lad Saul Bulley, whilst team boss Garry May is hoping to be given clearance by the authorities to include two riders who do not regularly ride in the UK. "We have spoken to two riders, one of whom has never ridden in the UK before and the other who has appeared, I believe, once in a world championship qualifier. The riders have agreed to race for us and we are just waiting for the green light from the BSPA before we can announce their names. Provided we get the okay and with the great news that Henry has been given the all-clear I am left just needing one more national league rider to be able to complete the team. Unfortunately we will not be able to use Eli [Meadows] because the rules do not allow him to race in this meeting because of his age, which is a great shame as it would have been good to have given him a run out, but nevertheless I am sure that we will be in for a good night's racing against the Gladiators and we have set the admission at one rate of £10, other than under sixteens who will be admitted free as usual."

The 'Cases' Rebels next Championship action will be on Wednesday 19th June when they host the visit of current league leaders Leicester, a contest that will see three-times British champion Chris Harris up against the seven-times British Champion Scott Nicholls.

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