Table topping Plymouth Devils know they face a tough visit to Swindon on Thursday night in a National Trophy clash.
Both sides have a win apiece to lead the section on three points apiece with the Devils having a better for and against scoreline. Both teams have got the better of the third side in the section, the Isle of Wight Warriors so the clashes between the two sides on Thursday and then at the St Boniface Arena on Friday May 26th are vital.
The winners of this section will meet the winners of the other section in a Grand Final over two legs with the other sides involved being Mildenhall, Eastbourne and Kent.
Swindon are not in the National League in 2017 but testing the water to see if they enter a side next year but have entered the Trophy. They can use any riders not involved in either section of the Trophy within the allowed 39 point limit.
Swindon team boss Lee Kilby, son of former rider Bob Kilby , has used the resources open to him well and put together a very string septet to face the Devils at Blunsdon.
They use Cradley duo Danny Ayres and Dan Greenwood, Stoke’s on form David Wallinger, Belle Vue’s Rob Shuttleworth, Birmingham’s Darryl Ritchings and Layne Cupitt plus Kings Lynn’s Taylo Hampshire.
The Devils are at full strength with skipper Benji Compton shrugging off his knee injury to lead his side. Top man Steve Boxall ignores his burns to his hands hoping his engine service sees him back to his best.
Callum Walker and Henry Atkins rode well last year at Swindon in a challenge for Coventry and will be looking to repeat this on Thursday whilst Lee Smart is a local lad who has ridden many laps around the Blunsdon circuit.
Team manager Laurence Rogers knows his team face a tough meeting, “ All credit to Lee Kilby and his use of the available riders . He has put together a very solid side and I know our boys face a hard encounter. We both want to finish top of the table and reach the final so our two clashes are highly important to us. We need to be firing on all cylinders for sure.”
Swindon Sprockets . 1. Danny Ayres. 2. David Wallinger. 3. Dan Greenwood. 4. Rob Shuttleworth. 5. Darryl Ritchings. 6. Layne Cupitt. 7. Taylor Hampshire.