STEVE Worrall has an Individual title to chase on Sunday – in a break from helping the title aspirations of all three of his clubs!
Worrall is involved in play-offs at Elite, Premier and National League levels for Swindon, Edinburgh and Cradley respectively, and he has underlined his strong season by qualifying for the PLRC at Sheffield.He said: “Getting the chance to ride in the PLRC wasn't something I expected to be honest. Coming from being a three point reserve, I never expected to qualify for the event so I'm just delighted to be involved.“I guess I'm a bit of an underdog to a certain extent, but I suppose that means there isn't much pressure on me. I'll give it my best shot, and if I'm making good starts then you never know what might happen.”
SAM Masters scored a paid maximum as Edinburgh made a winning start to their Premier League play-off campaign against Berwick on Friday.
The Monarchs won 54-39 at Armadale on Friday with Masters receiving strong support from Craig Cook, whilst Kevin Doolan scored 16 for the visitors.Edinburgh boss Alex Harkess said: “We definitely missed our skipper Derek Sneddon who called off earlier in the day with food poisoning but after a slow start we took control of the match and I was happy with the final result.”Berwick co-promoter George Hepburn said: “This was the best Berwick performance at Edinburgh I can remember for years and if that’s the determination, passion and desire the lads will race for in these play-offs, then watch out - we’re not finished yet!“Kevin Doolan, Alex Edberg and Matty Wethers really excelled tonight and you could see that passion to bring success to Berwick, and we’ll aim to get that from all the lads over the last three group matches. This is just the start of a big adventure for the Bandits.”Meanwhile Plymouth completed their regular Premier League campaign with a 59-37 win over injury-hit Sheffield at the St Boniface Arena. Kyle Newman (13+2) scored a paid maximum for the Devils with Tigers guest Todd Kurtz picking up 12.Plymouth manager Lee Trigger said: “It was another good team performance to round off our league fixtures and to finish ninth in the table is a couple of positions better than last season.“We have now taken the maximum three points from each of our last nine matches at the St Boniface Arena, which shows that we have turned things around as far as our home form is concerned.”Sheffield co-promoter Peter Mole said: “Considering we had so many injuries and went there with half a team I think we did all that could be expected of us.”
EDINBURGH boss Alex Harkess has stressed away points could well be crucial in the battle to reach the Premier League Grand Final.
The Monarchs, who topped the regular table, head to Berwick for the return of Friday’s opening group fixture which they took by a 15-point margin with Workington, the third team in the group, opening their campaign next Friday.Harkess said: “We’ll be going to Berwick on Saturday looking to pick up at least one match point. If we can manage that we’ll be in a strong position to get to the play-off final.”Meanwhile Mildenhall travel to Stoke in the first leg of the National Trophy Final which takes place across this weekend as the return fixture is at West Row on Sunday.Fen Tigers Chairman Kevin Jolly said: “Stoke will be a very difficult proposition, they have bought in two excellent guests so it should be nip and tuck across the two meetings and hopefully a big crowd will be in attendance to see us lift the National Trophy on Sunday. “The lads have come into form at the right time, we are riding well as a unit and team spirit is very good. If everyone stays totally focused on the business in hand I see no reason why we can’t secure a good result at Stoke on Saturday evening and finish the job off on Sunday.”
SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter is hoping to see his side take advantage of perfect timing as they prepare for the Elite League play-offs.
The Robins experienced a frustrating start to the campaign, but they have been in spectacular form over the closing weeks of the season to cement a top four place.Rossiter said: “The last few years we've tended to hit the ground running but then we've fizzled out towards the end of the season. It took us a while to get going this year, but everything seems to have clicked and we have timed our run well.“We can never be overconfident because we know teams raise their games when it comes to the play-offs, so it's going to be tough. But the way we are riding we have to have the self-belief that we can go all the way, so we are looking forward to it.”
FIXTURES:SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20:PREMIER LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS: Berwick v Edinburgh 7pmNATIONAL TROPHY FINAL 1st leg: Stoke v Mildenhall 7pmSUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21:PREMIER LEAGUE RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP: Sheffield 5pmNATIONAL TROPHY FINAL 2nd leg: Mildenhall v Stoke 3.30MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22:ELITE LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Coventry 7pm, Belle Vue v King’s Lynn (follows previous fixture)NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFF S/F 1st leg: Kent v Coventry 6.30TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23:NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFF S/F 1st leg: Cradley v Mildenhall 7.30