MAY HOPING FOR A DIAMOND RAID

Friday August 02, 2019
It is a well-worn statement that has an added emphasis after losing at home on Wednesday, but Rebels' team boss Garry May is "looking to reap some reward" from their next meeting (Sunday 4th August).

The Rebels, positioned third in the SGB Championship table four points clear of Sheffield, in fourth, and eight ahead of play-off hopefuls Redcar, make a trek north once again on Sunday to confront the Newcastle Diamonds who are arguably falsely positioned down in 8th place, having only ridden eight meetings so far, five fewer than the Rebels.

May, who saw his newly structured side go down at the hands of Glasgow in their first meeting as a unit on Wednesday, a result that propelled the Scottish side to the top of the table, remains steadfast in his belief that another league title is within the club's grasp.
"You know, things didn't go the way I wanted on Wednesday, of course they didn’t because I want to win every time we go out there on track, but we did come up against one of the tougher sides in the league. Rasser [Rasmus Jensen] is clearly the in-form rider in the division, and even the country, at the present time and maybe we were just unfortunate in that we had to meet them when we did, not having the chance for our new team to settle in.
"But now is the time to look forward and see what we can do to recover the points we dropped. I can't see any reason why we shouldn't be able to push Newcastle all the way on Sunday. Clearly they have a good lad down at reserve in Max Clegg but I would like to think that our top four could be a match for their top four attack.
"Don't get me wrong, I am not underestimating the task ahead of us, but we have to go there looking to try and get something from it. The league table is all a bit unbalanced at the moment but I have us at +3 at the moment based on points gained away against points dropped at home, and that is the fourth best in the division so, largely, we are on target to make those play-offs."

The Rebels are unchanged from Wednesday's side whilst Newcastle have also declared a full one to seven which means they are led by Steve Worrall. The Diamonds go into the meeting on the back of a home win against Glasgow, which stretched their home unbeaten run to five meetings.

Somerset have confirmed that their re-scheduled visit to Edinburgh, washed out on July 19th will now go ahead on Friday 6th September.

Sunday's sides:
Newcastle: Steve Worrall (Capt), Ulrich Ostergaard, Lasse Bjerre, Matthew Wethers, Thomas Jorgensen, Max Clegg, Danny Phillips
Somerset: Nick Morris, Anders Rowe, Rory Schlein, Nico Covatti, Chris Harris (Capt), Luke Harris, Nathan Stoneman


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