Preview: Scunthorpe v Oxford *Now postponed*

Jun 13th, 2024
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* Please note this meeting was called off at 8.30am on Friday morning *

TABLE-TOPPING SCORPIONS SEEK TO EXTEND ADVANTAGE

LEAGUE leaders Ellie Rose Travel Scunthorpe Scorpions are looking to maintain their 100% home record when they entertain the Oxford Cheetahs in the Cab Direct Championship at the Eddie Wright Raceway tomorrow evening (Friday) at 7.30pm.

Scorpions’ home form in 2024 has been very strong. They have won all six of their meetings at the EWR, including hitting the sixty-point barrier three times, and Workington are the sole visitors to score 40 points.

Oxford are the only team to have defeated Scunthorpe in the Cab Direct Championship, winning 55-34 at Cowley last Wednesday, meaning Scorpions have some work to do to collect the aggregate bonus point.

Scorpions again use rider replacement for the injured Michael Palm Toft, while Oxford are missing Henry Atkins through injury and bring in their National League rider Jody Scott at No 7.

Scunthorpe promoter Rob Godfrey said: “The first thing we need to do against Oxford is make sure we beat them and win on the night. We’re currently at the top of the table, and a victory would extend our advantage over Poole and Workington.

“We won’t under-estimate Oxford, who are also in the play-off places. We know how well they rode against us at their place last week. But we plan for it to be very different at the Eddie Wright Raceway.

“In terms of the aggregate bonus point, we won’t rule it out. A lot of people wrote us off in the cup against Berwick, after we lost up there by 18 points, but we managed to turn that round with something to spare. Against Oxford, we’ve got 21 points to make up, and who knows what is possible?

“In any case, it’s going to be a fantastic night of speedway. All the boys were flying against Berwick last Friday, especially Kyle Howarth who scored a brilliant 18-point-maximum, while Oxford have two of the best riders in the Cab Direct Championship in Sam Masters and Scott Nicholls. There’s going to be some great battles out on track, but with our fans behind us, we can get the result that we want.”

For those who cannot make it to the Eddie Wright Raceway, Scorpions are live streaming home meetings for just £11.99 at: https://tv.scunthorpe-speedway.com/

ADMISSION PRICES FOR TOMORROW (FRIDAY):

Adult: £20.00

Student/OAP: £18.00

Child (0 – 16): Free (must be accompanied by paying adult)

Programme: £1.00

Car Parking free

Pay on the day at the turnstiles by cash or card.

Expected teams for tomorrow (Friday):

Ellie Rose Travel Scunthorpe Scorpions: 1. Kyle Howarth, 2. Michael Palm Toft R/R, 3. Simon Lambert (captain), 4. Connor Mountain, 5. Jake Allen, 6. Nathan Ablitt, 7. Luke Harrison.

Monarch Oxford Cheetahs: 1. Sam Masters, 2. Luke Killeen, 3. Jordan Jenkins, 4. Cameron Heeps, 5. Scott Nicholls (captain), 6. Ashton Boughen, 7. Jody Scott.

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