Monarchs to fight on after loss of Worrall

Stevie Worrall will miss the Play-Off Grand Final. Pic: Ron MacNeill

Stevie Worrall will miss the Play-Off Grand Final. Pic: Ron MacNeill

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EDINBURGH MONARCHS team manager Alex Harkess today said it’s a “huge blow” to be without Stevie Worrall for this weekend’s Play-Off Grand Final matches against Somerset Rebels.

Worrall is “gutted” at missing out on the climax to the Premier League season after breaking his wrist while riding for Cradley Heathens in the National League Grand Final first leg clash at Wolverhampton Stadium on Tuesday night.

Worrall said: “It’s a real sickener but hopefully the boys will go on and win the title without me, but I’m truly gutted.”

Harkess said: “It is always a blow when something like this happens but we have to bear in mind we didn’t have Stevie for the Knockout Cup final matches against Ipswich Witches, but his absence does place more emphasis now on the other riders.”

Monarchs will use rider replacement to cover for him giving extra rides to Justin Sedgmen and Max Fricke, plus reserves Aaron Fox and Derek Sneddon.

“It is going to put extra pressure on Max who will have to take two races with a reserve as his partner,” said Harkess. “Given the amount of meetings Stevie has ridden this year, he has been very fortunate in avoiding serious injuries, until now, but we just have to get on with it.”