Its National Trophy Final Time
The Plymouth Devils chance of silverware in the 2017 season comes down to 30 races in the National Trophy Final this weekend.
The home leg at the St Boniface Arena is on Friday (October 6th) with the return in Suffolk at Mildenhall on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides though are missing key riders due to injury but have covered their absences with more than able replacements. The Fen Tigers are awaiting a late fitness check on their No. 1 Connor Mountain , who crashed recently and if he is not passed fit they can bring ina guest up to his 9.08 average. They are without Dan Halsey who went in for a routine knee operation only to find he had more damage than he thought. He went in for keyhole surgery to fix a bit of cartilage rubbing on his ACL but they found the ACL was completely ruptured.
They do welcome back Danno Verge from his collarbone injury but still are without Luke Ruddick and use Alex Spooner as a guest in his place .
The Devils are depleted as well as they aim to bring the Trophy title to the St Boniface Arena . Last weekend’s KO Cup exit was at a big cost losing both Steve Boxall and skipper Benji Compton. Boxall battled through with a knee injury sustained at a grass track meeting the previous weekend and was struggling in the 2nd leg and after his third ride had to be helped off his bike and the paramedics strapped the knee up and advised him to go to the hospital as he has ligament damage.
Compton is out for the rest of the season after dislocating his shoulder at Eastbourne but he is flying down to be with his team on Friday to act as non-riding captain . He is gutted at missing the Final but wants to encourage his team on to victory.
Boxall wanted to try and ride but has been advised to rest the knee and Birmingham’s Liam Carr is brought in for the home leg . He has been involved in the Premiership play off Final for Swindon and featured in a no holds barred first race on the TV screens on BT Sport on Monday that saw him win his first race .
With Saul Bulley still unable to take his place and with Jamie Halder ruled out after his average change the Devils bring William O’ Keefe back as their guest in the home leg.
Promoter Mark Phillips is hoping his side can secure an overall victory, “ After the disappointment of missing the KO Cup Final last week the boys are up for this one. We want some silverware in the trophy cabinet and this is our last chance of achieving this . Being without Steve and Benji we need them all to step up their game and get every point they can. Liam Carr looked good the other week so we know he will be giving us his all as guest for Steve and the boys need to score well in Benji’s rider replacement outings.”
“Let’s hope the people of Plymouth get behind their team this Friday and turn out in big numbers to shout us to victory.”
The Trophy Final will be followed by a Southern Development clash with the Bude Brewery Demons meeting the Weymouth Wildcats.
1. Adam Roynon 9.67
2. Richard Andrews 4.20
3. r/r Benji Compton 6.34
4. Henry Atkins 4.56
5. Liam Carr (g) 9.38
6. William O’ Keefe (g) 3.00
7. Callum Walker 3.95
1. Connor Mountain 9.08
2. r/r Dan Halsey 7.51
3. Jordan Jenkins 7.51
4. Alex Spooner g 5.13
5. Jon Armstrong 6.70
6. Danno Verge 4.72
7. Drew Kemp g 3.00
TM : ROBERT HENRY
WEYMOUTH WILDCATS V PLYMOUTH DEVILS
1. Mick Sutton
2. Craig Nethercott
4. Stevie Anderson
TM : JAMES TRESADERN + MARTIN PETERS
PLYMOUTH BUDE BREWERY DEMONS
1. Henry Atkins ©
2. Jordan Bull
3. Alex Spooner
4. William O’Keefe
TM : LAURENCE ROGERS
125 CC DEMOS : BEN TRIGGER, LEO RIXON, ZACH DAVEY, SAM PETERS
REFEREE : GRAHAM REEVE
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