Derby call-off gives Edinburgh Monarchs another headache

Monarchs chief John Campbell has a rescheduling problem
Monarchs chief John Campbell has a rescheduling problem
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Edinburgh Monarchs’ eagerly awaited derby speedway clash with Glasgow Tigers was washed out at Armadale last night, the third home Premier League fixture that has fallen foul of the weather this season.

And with Monarchs’ recent away trip to Scunthorpe Scorpions also postponed the team are now battling to get those fixtures restaged before the cut-off date for the money spinning play-offs in three months.

Exasperated co-boss John Campbell said: “It is very difficult to reschedule meetings nowadays because a lot of teams have riders who have commitments elsewhere. And you also have to take into account riders who double-up so you have to consider the Elite League calendar as well.”

Campbell wouldn’t be drawn over whether Monarchs may have to consider staging double-headers at the Lothian Arena to clear the backlog, insisting: “The deadline for the play-offs is September 18 so there are still a number of dates available to us and we are not in a desperate situation yet.”

Monarchs called off the meeting before 5pm with the track already half flooded, and with further downpours forecast it would have been impossible to put the circuit into racing condition.

Monarchs, currently four places adrift of the top six, now gear up for their Ashfield showdown against the title chasing Tigers on Wednesday night which is live on Sky Sports.