Cycle Speedway Elite League
Published: 28 May 2014
A preview of Sunday's third round of fixtures in the Elite League.
High flying Eagles currently top the table, have made an impressive start to the season, with Josh Brook leading the way. Adam Peck and Leon Mower have added experience to a young ever improving side.
They look to maintain their 100% record against a Sheffield side that to date have not been able to track their strongest octet and need to get a win in this fixture to have any chance of a title tilt.
They should have Pawel Idzsoirek back from missing the Newport fixture and have Andy Angell leading in fine form, however it may come down to the availability of Radek Handke who has work commitments on occasions (he also missed the Newport away fixture).
A full strength Stars squad is without doubt a match for anyone.
This has been the fixture the past two seasons however both teams will not be a full strength for this one. The retirement of British champion Thomas Reed has hit the Harbourside club who have not used any of their Polish based riders thus far, Steve Harris could also be missing a trip to his former club as the Polish League races Sunday, this though also means that Hammers will be without their PL stars too.
Poole won the SSW match at Horspath earlier this year and will have Gavin Wheeler and Hayden Chant to add Hammers though will be able to add Lukasz Nowacki, Lewis Osborne and Chris Timms at least to that days team probably a similar line up that surprised Wednesfield in the last round in an effort to maintain their 100% start.
Wednesfield look to bounce back from their defeat at Horspath while Newport look to add to a good start and their first win in their inaugural Elite League season.
Aces will no doubt be able to call on all their top squad, Paul Heard and Ben Mould have given great leadership thus far, a few errors and maybe early track conditions hurt them at The Village.
Newport will have in-form Mark Carmichael fresh from winning the Laurels leading them, have a good back up squad with plenty of racing experience at Ashmore Park. Jamie Ball, David Ball and Jack Hibbert all race for down the road East Park. Anything but a home win would be a shock but expect The Welsh Stars to push The Aces all the way.