Bears boss admits: We need to make changes.
Byline: SPEEDWAY By Martin Neal Sports writer firstname.lastname@example.org
REDCAR Bears team boss Jitendra Duffill has renewed his call for new faces at the Media Prima Arena.
The Ecco Finishing Bears attempt to put a nightmare couple of weeks behind them this evening when they entertain Ipswich Witches in the Premier League (7.30pm). And, with the new green sheet averages now taking effect, they go to the tapes a whopping 4.8 points below the average limit.
On top of that Hugh Skidmore's recovery from injury is taking longer than expected because of the nerve damage he sustained and replacement Adam Roynon is only at the club on a 28-day contract.
And that, says Duffill, is further proof that the side needs strengthening.
"The new green sheet averages put us 4.8 points under the limit, which gives us a lot more options," said Duffill.
"Adam is only with us on a temporary basis and, assuming Peterborough want him back, it means we have some pretty big decisions to make about going forward.
"We need to strengthen, there's no doubt about that.
"Hugh is going to be out for longer than we'd hoped, so if there are riders available who want to come to the club, we need to look at redeclaring."
The Bears go into tonight's match on the back of a 58-32 thrashing at Rye House on Bank Holiday Monday and a heavy 52-38 defeat at Berwick on Saturday.
Their last action before that was two weeks ago when their home clash with Workington was abandoned after just four races, a situation Duffill has gone on record as calling "an embarrassing situation for everybody here at Redcar Speedway."
"There has been a lot of remedial work done on the track since then," said Duffill.
"We have had outside help so the promotion have been working to remedy the situation. "Hopefully there will be some new shale down too - it should have arrived last week but the suppliers send the wrong sort."
Tonight's visitors arrive on Teesside rock bottom of the Premier League with just one point although they have ridden only three PL matches, two fewer than the Bears who are two places higher on three.
"Nico Covatti moves into the main body of the Ipswich team, which is a good thing for us," said Duffill. "But I can't see any weak links in their team so we need everyone to be on top of their game."
BEARS: Lasse Bjerre, Jan Graversen, Rafal Konopka, Matej Kus, Ben Morley, Stuart Robson, Adam Roynon.
WITCHES: Nico Covatti, Cameron Heeps, Danny King, Gino Manzares, Stefan Nielsen, Ritchie Hawkins, Rohan Tungate.
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|Publication:||Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)|
|Date:||May 28, 2015|
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