After the disappointment of last week’s cancelled fixture, the Isle of Wight’s Wightlink Warriors are eager to get back into action tomorrow (Tuesday 13th June) when the 2016 League and Trophy Champions, Birmingham Brummies, stop off at the Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium.
For the Warriors it will be the first opportunity to track their first choice 1-7 with newcomers Connor Coles and Kelsey Dugard making their 2017 debuts and Tyler Govier able to resume at reserve following the shoulder injury that has curtailed his season so far.
Skipper James Cockle, who personally has enjoyed an excellent start to the season, can’t wait to see the Warriors on track. He said:
“All the boys were gutted when the Belle Vue match was called off. We really wanted to get out there and show people what we could do. Now we’ve had to wait a week, the guys are even more determined to put up a great show. We know it won’t be easy against the reigning champs but I’ve got real confidence that we can start making an impact on that league table”.
The visitors are missing their top man Jack Parkinson-Blackburn who is currently inactive due to a 14 day sanction from the authorities for missing a meeting for his Championship club Sheffield. Plymouth charger Steve Boxall will come in as a guest rider at Smallbrook and form an exciting spearhead with Island specialist Liam Carr. Former Warrior Layne Cupitt is also included in the Brummies line up and both he and the hardy band of travelling fans will receive a warm Warrior welcome.
Usual timings apply will the gates opening at 17:30, rider parade at 18:45 and first race at 19:00.
The line ups are expected to be:
Warriors: Ben Wilson, Kelsey Dugard, James Cockle, Chris Widman, Connor Coles, Jamie Sealey, Tyler Govier
Brummies: Steve Boxall, Layne Cupitt, Darryl Ritchings, Tom Bacon, Liam Carr, Macauley Leek, Kyle Roberts