Tuesday May 14, 2019
The 'Cases' Somerset Rebels are going to have to dig as deep as their team manger's resolve, if progress in this season's Knockout Cup is going to be achieved and boss Garry May has one simple message for his riders ahead of Wednesday's clash with the Redcar Bears.

"I want to send them home like Bears with sore-heads" instructs May who is not overly impressed that his Rebels go into the second leg of the first round KO cup tie after last Friday's disappointing performance in Teesside.
"I felt that we allowed them to get away from us up there and that has left no room for error. We need four maximum heat advantages and a 4-2 to wipe out the deficit alone. That's a bit of a tall order as it accounts for one third of the races, so clearly there can be no slacking. We need to be working our way back into the tie from the very outset. It is a challenge that, on our day, we are capable of taking on and achieving and I am hoping that all the lads will respond positively."

May revealed that on the way back from Redcar last Friday, accompanied by Valentin Grobauer they made a decision to send the German's engine off for a service, after he had struggled all evening. "I had a long chat with Valentin and it was evident that he was far from happy with his motors so when we called in to the services we agreed to strip the bike down so that Satch [Martin Satchell] could take the motors back with him and get them seen to. It must have been a strange sight to anyone calling in at Watford Gap to be honest, to see a speedway bike being worked on at 12.30am, but hopefully we can get to the bottom of Valentin's problems as we can't afford to having him struggling on Wednesday."

The Rebels' cause is made that much harder given that the Oaktree Arena is a platform on which rival Charles Wright has performed so ably in the past and Ben Barker is also no stranger to the place. The visiting Bears will be giving a track debut to Australian Jordan Stewart who has been racking up good scores this term, not least in the first leg when he produced a scintillating display on his way to a paid 12 haul.

Rebels: 1. Rory Schlein 2. Todd Kurtz 3. Valentin Grobauer 4. Nico Covatti 5. Chris Harris (capt) 6. Henry Atkins 7. Anders Rowe TM Garry May
Bears: 1. Michael Palm-Toft 2. Tom Bacon 3. Ben Barker (capt) 4. Jordan Stewart 5. Charles Wright 6. Nathan Greaves 7. Jack Smith TM Jitendra Duffill

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