WILL BARKER PROVIDE THE SCORPIONS'S STING?

Tuesday July 02, 2019
Jake Allen, a Somerset Rebel from the past three seasons, returns to the Oaktree Arena on Wednesday (3rd July) looking to put his knowledge of the circuit to good order as he visits with his current SGB Championship club Scunthorpe.


The Scorpions have recently made a couple of tweaks to their declared line-up in time for this re-arranged fixture that was rained out at the end of May. Drafted in is Cornishman Ben Barker on a 28-day facility as cover for the injured Jason Garrity. Barker banked a fifteen point return on his last appearance in Somerset when racing for Plymouth in the South West Challenge, which the Somerset Select side ultimately won 91-88 on aggregate. Barker became available after being released at the beginning of last month by Scunthorpe's neighbours Redcar last month, and his Knockout Cup appearance for the Bears yielded a paid ten return back in May.

Barker will be joined on Scorpion debut by reserve Simon Lambert, who relished in the conditions at Sheffield on Sunday when he guested for the injured Zaine Kennedy against the Rebels. Lambert replaces the retired Josh Bailey in the Lincolnshire side that will be competing in their third away league match of the season. The Scorpions suffered a heavy defeat at Eastbourne but did pick up a consolation point at Sheffield last month. Whilst Lambert was in the Tigers' camp at the weekend, Somerset had one of his new team-mates standing in for them, with Stefan Nielsen standing in for Nico Covatti.
Nielsen, recently signed by SGB Premiership league side Swindon suffered a fall on Monday night at King's Lynn and was withdrawn from the meeting and there will be concerns as to his fitness for Wednesday.

The Rebels have clocked two home league wins this season but failed to gain anything from the visit of Leicester and go into Wednesday's match still without the services of Nico Covatti.

The Rebels have clocked two home league wins this season but failed to gain anything from the visit of Leicester and go into Wednesday's match still without the services of Nico Covatti.

Team manager Garry May is hoping that Covatti's enforced absence won't affect the balance of the side too much, claiming, "There is no doubt that we will miss Nico, he had begun to build up some good form so to lose him now has left a void to fill. I have been able to book Newcastle's Thomas Jorgensen as a guest so hopefully he will be able to do a job for us. I am not going to reflect too much on what happened on Sunday at Sheffield, but the one positive we can take from that was Todd [Kurtz] looking more like his old self. He was sorting out some things with his engines and they responded well for sure on Sunday, so hopefully he can bring that scoring power with him on Wednesday.

Teams
Somerset - 1 R.Schlein; 2. T.Kurtz; 3. V.Grobauer; 4. T.Jorgensen (Guest); 5. C.Harris (Capt); 6. A.Rowe; 7. H.Atkins
Scunthoprpe - 1 J.Auty; 2. D.Ayres; 3. B.Barker; 4. S.Nielsen (subject to fitness); 5. J.Allen (Capt); 6. R.Kinsley; 7. S.Lambert

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