REBELS FACE THEIR CUP CONQUERORS

Tuesday June 25, 2019
Wednesday night will see the 'Cases' Rebels make their first appearance since scooping the SGB Championship Fours title on Sunday, and they will take on a side that have denied them the chance of a clean sweep of trophies that team manager Garry May had dreamt of.


"I want to win trophies. If you are competing in a competition and don't have that drive to want to win then there is no point in being there, in my view. I wanted a clean sweep at the start of the season, just as I do every year, but Redcar have already put us out of the cup this year, so I certainly don't want them to stop our league progress."

May's side return to the Oaktree keen to put their recent home defeat, inflicted by Leicester behind them, but visitors Redcar will certainly be boosted by their last performance at the circuit, when they only lost by two points that ensured them of their aggregate 97-82 cup triumph.

Former Rebel Charles Wright leads the Bear's attack with the exciting Jordan Stewart, highly experienced Ulrich Ostergaard and solid contributor Michael Palm-Toft amongst their number.

With Somerset having collected a league point at Glasgow last Friday the team have seen a turn-round in fortunes as Debbie Hancock, club owner, acknowledged. "Gazza [Garry May] was far from happy last week. He had seen the team put in a below-par performance and in his own inimitable way he made sure the lads knew that better was expected of them. The response at Glasgow was positive and the boost of winning the Fours will surely bring back the confidence, but I know we won't be underestimating Redcar. You always know that Wrighty will be good for decent score round here and they have some good back-up to him aswell, so it's sure going to be an intriguing contest."

Somerset currently find themselves in sixth place in the league table but have ridden halve the number of league matches that the top three sides have at this stage of the campaign. Wednesday will see Redcar race only their third league fixture of the season.

There will be further racing at the Oaktree on Friday night when the club host the second round of the British Sidecar Speedway Championship from 7pm, although a selection of Rebels riders will be representing the club on the same night in the second leg of their South Western Challenge contest down in Plymouth, with the Rebels holding a 46-44 lead from the first leg.

  • Match Day Update - Redcar have been forced into using Rider Replacement to cover Tom Bacon in their side for tonight's fixture. Bacon suffered a heavy first bend crash at the SGB Championship Fours on Sunday .


Wednesday's teams:
CASES' SOMERSET REBELS 1 Rory Schlein 2 Todd Kurtz 3 Valentin Grobauer 4 Nico Covatti 5 Chris Harris 6 Anders Rowe 7 Henry Atkins
REDCAR AGILIA BEARS 1 Charles Wright 2 Rider Replacement for Tom Bacon 3 Ulrich Ostergaard 4 Jordan Stewart 5 Michael Palm-Toft 6 Nathan Greaves 7 Jack Smith


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