NB. Please note start-time change: Sheffield v Scunthorpe tonight now 8pm.
WOLVERHAMPTON are desperate to end Poole’s unbeaten run when the sides meet at Monmore Green on Monday.The Pirates, who were held to a draw at home by Birmingham last Wednesday, bring in Chris Harris to guest for the injured Darcy Ward, whilst Wolves hand a debut to teenager Jacob Thorssell.Promoter Chris Van Straaten said: “We are determined to become the first team this season to beat Poole. We were in a good position to beat them earlier this season but we blew it towards the end.”Monday’s other Elite League action sees a derby clash between Eastbourne and Lakeside at Arlington, with the Eagles chasing revenge for a double Good Friday defeat at the hands of the Hammers.
NEWCASTLE, Sheffield and Scunthorpe will battle for one place in the League Cup semi-finals in the final Northern group fixtures on Monday.Three points for the Diamonds at home to Redcar are likely to take them through, but if they slip up either of their rivals could take advantage as they meet each other at Owlerton.Sheffield have put the start-time for their home fixture back by 15-minutes at 8pm to allow fans extra time to reach the stadium as the Olympic torch is in the city.Co-promoter David Hoggart said: “We recommend that plenty of time is allowed to gain access to the area and where possible use local knowledge to avoid Penistone Road between Eccleshall Road and Hillsbrough Park from 5.40pm to 6.40pm. The stadium facilities will be open as usual.”
SCUNTHORPE’S injury problems intensified over the weekend with David Howe ruled out of their defeat at Glasgow and Tero Aarnio also pulling out at Ashfield.Scorpions skipper Howe suffered a brusied shoulder and ribs in a longtrack crash on Saturday, whilst Aarnio aggravated a hand injury in the 38-55 loss.Manager Richard Hollingsworth said: “This meeting illustrated how badly we need to find a replacement for Tom Armstrong. We knew we needed to give the reserves eleven rides, and that became thirteen by the end of the meeting. It’s too much, especially away from home.“Both Tero and David are ruled out for the Sheffield v Scunthorpe and Scunthorpe v Ipswich matches over the next two days, but the good news is that Thomas Jørgensen is back following his rib injuries.”
MONDAY JUNE 25:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v Lakeside 7.30, Wolverhampton v Poole 7.30LEAGUE CUP: Newcastle v Redcar 7.30, Sheffield v Scunthorpe 8pm
TUESDAY JUNE 26:PREMIER LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Ipswich 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Dudley v Buxton 7.30
THURSDAY JUNE 28:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Birmingham v Eastbourne 7.30, Peterborough v Coventry 7.30, Swindon v Wolverhampton 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Redcar v Plymouth 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP 1st leg: Ipswich v Berwick 7.30, Sheffield v Newcastle 7.45
FRIDAY JUNE 29:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Eastbourne 8pm, King’s Lynn v Poole 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Somerset v Scunthorpe 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP 1st leg: Edinburgh v Glasgow 7.30LEAGUE CUP: Plymouth v Ipswich 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Mildenhall 7.30