Sunday September 30, 2018
The 'Cases' Rebels' team manager Garry May will be taking a two and a half mile journey from his home to Wimborne Road stadium on Monday night intent on steering Somerset into the finals of the SGB Premiership Play-off final, having raised the bar in terms of team targets for this season.

The Rebels most successful manager declared at the start of the season that reaching the play-offs was the goal, but having achieved that objective May now wants to go all the way to the final, with just Poole standing in his way.

May knows better than most how tough the prospect of beating play-off specialists Poole can be, having taken in many of the Pirates' title successes from the Dorset terraces, and with just two points to play with from the first leg May admits "It is not going to be easy, but winning speedway matches at this level is never easy.

"Of course I would have liked a bigger lead from the first leg but they did well to keep us in check that night. There is no reason why we shouldn't be able to do the same at their place. If we can get off to a good start then that will instantly put the pressure on them. If on the other hand they put in an early advantage we just must not panic. There are fifteen heats of speedway to contest and if we can come out even over them then it will be us in the final. But I know for certain Poole will have different ideas and they won't be giving us an easy time. Every point we score we will have to earn".

The Rebels will have to earn those points without Bradley Wilson-Dean who underwent surgery last Thursday to have the metalwork removed from his shoulder and will operate rider replacement as cover. With new averages coming in to effect, Wilson-Dean's 5.22 figure places him fourth in the averages and that means Richard Lawson qualifies for a ride as the third highest (6.81) and Aaron Summers (4.99), Nico Covatti (4.70) and Jake Allen (4.59) can take the remainder.

Rebels' number one Jason Doyle met the Pirates at this same stage last season whilst representing Swindon, although the Poole visit on that occasion was the first leg. Doyle scored 10 points at Wimborne Road that night which helped steer the visitors to a 46-44 victory, a repeat of that this time around would suit the Rebels just fine!

POOLE (44) - C.Harris, J.Grajczonek, K.Woryna, N.Klindt, B.Kurtz, R.Worrall, F.Jakobsen (Manager- Neil Middleditch)
SOMERSET (46) - J.Doyle, R.Replacement, A.Summers, R.Lawson, J.Holder, J.Allen, N.Covatti (Manager - Garry May)
Referee Christina Turnbull

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