Tuesday September 19, 2017
The ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels will be looking to book their place in the KO Cup Final when they face Wolverhampton in the semi-final this week. The first leg of which will be held at Wolves Monmore Green track on Wednesday (20th) with the 2nd leg back at the Oaktree Arena two days later (Friday 22nd).

On the face of it, Somerset’s bid to reach the final, however, is no easy one if the two rounds of league matches between themselves and Wolverhampton are anything to go by, with the Rebels only victory from the 4 matches being a narrow 1-point win at the Oaktree Arena, with Wolves winning with comparative ease both matches held on their home shale.

The KO Cup represents Somerset’s final chance of any silverware this season, the Rebels ultimately finishing 6th in the SGB Premiership, their debut season in the top-flight of British speedway, whereas Wolves are looking for a League and Cup double, they also having qualified for the Premiership title-deciding play-offs.

“Of course we know that to reach to Cup Final will be no easy task,” said Somerset team manager Garry May, “the two sets of league matches between ourselves and Wolves re-enforcing that point.”

“But at the end of the day we’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain, and yes, we go into the semi-final as underdogs, but as they say, every dog has its day, and who knows, this just might be our time to spring a surprise!”

As far team news is concerned, Somerset will be without their reserve duo of Jake Allen and Lewis Kerr who are required to ride for Scunthorpe that same evening, the Scorpions’ match against Peterborough being arranged prior to the Rebels cup-tie against Wolves. Somerset will, therefore use two guest replacements at reserve with Ashley Morris and Ellis Perks coming in for the absent duo.

In addition, Somerset will be without the services of Cameron Heeps, who has been side-lined with a shoulder injury in recent weeks, but even if recovered in time for Friday, the Western Australian will be riding for Ipswich, his Championship team, in their Play-Off match at Edinburgh.

That same Championship Play-Off match has decimated the Wolverhampton team, who were already without their number 1 Fredrik Lindgren who will be in Sweden for the following day’s Grand Prix, to the extent that they will be missing the Edinburgh duo of Sam Masters and Mark Riss, as well as Ipswich’s Rory Schlein and Nathan Greaves, with, as yet un-named, guest replacements being brought in place of the missing quintet.

Friday’s match will also be the only chance that Somerset fans will be able to cast their vote for the three ‘Rider of the Year’ awards (Rider of the Year, Most Entertaining Rider of the Year and Most Improved Rider of the Year) which will be presented at the End of Season Dinner being held at the Oaktree on Friday 13th October, the voting slips for which will be handed out at Friday’s match against Wolves.

‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels v Wolverhampton Wolves
SGB Premiership KO Cup
Semi-Final, 2nd Leg
Oaktree Arena
Friday 22nd September
Gates Open 6.00pm, Tapes-Up 7.30pm

Admission Prices: Adults £16.00, Concessions £14.00, Young Adults (12-18 inclusive) £6.00, Children (11 & under) Free.
Programme: £3.00
Car Parking: £1.50


Somerset Rebels: Josh Grajczonek [c] (7.34), Charles Wright (6.69), Richard Lawson (6.43) Patrick Hougaard (6.09), Rider replacement for Cameron Heeps (5.25), Ashley Morris [g] (5.07), Ellis Perks [g] (5.06); Team Manager: Garry May

Wolverhampton Wolves: Yet to declate their team

For Wednesday night's 1st leg at Monmore Green, Somerset will be without the injured Cameron Heeps and Patrick Hougaard, who is required to ride for his Danish side in their Play-Off Final, the Rebels bringing in Paul Starke in place of Heeps and will operate rider replacement facility as cover for Hougaard's absence.

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