Speedway: Somerset Rebels look to tame Bears

PUBLISHED: 16:14 15 May 2019 | UPDATED: 16:14 15 May 2019

Valentin Grobauer (red) leads Lewis Kerr (white) during the Cases Somerset Rebels win over Eastbourne Eagles. Picture COLIN BURNETT

Valentin Grobauer (red) leads Lewis Kerr (white) during the Cases Somerset Rebels win over Eastbourne Eagles. Picture COLIN BURNETT


Somerset ‘Cases’ Rebels will have to come from behind over the Redcar Bears if they are to progress to the second round of the Knockout Cup.

After last Friday's frustrating first leg 53-36 defeat to the Bears in Middlesbrough, the Rebels are back in action tonight at the Oaktree Arena at 7:30pm.

Somerset Speedway is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and boss Garry May said: "I want to send them home like Bears with sore-heads.

"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 also revealed that on their way back from Teeside they sent Valentin Grobauer's engine for a service.

"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," said May.

"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!

"Hopefully we can get to the bottom of Valentin's problems as we can't afford to having him struggling on Wednesday."

Tonight will also mark the return of Charles Wright, having raced for the Rebels for five years between 2013-18, and captian Ben Barker having also raced in 2006.

Rebels: 1. Rory Schlein 2. Todd Kurtz 3. Valentin Grobauer 4. Nico Covatti 5. Chris Harris (capt) 6. Henry Atkins 7. Anders Rowe. Manager 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. Manager Jitendra Duffill.

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