Scorpions boss sure Monarchs can be beaten

Craig Cook goes around Scunthorpe's Kevin Doolan in heat five on Friday. Picture: Ron MacNeill
Craig Cook goes around Scunthorpe's Kevin Doolan in heat five on Friday. Picture: Ron MacNeill
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Scunthorpe Scorpions speedway boss Rob Godfrey predicts his side will reverse their 14-point defeat at Armadale on Friday when they entertain Edinburgh Monarchs in the Premier League return fixture at the Eddie Wright Raceway this afternoon.

Monarchs’ 53-39 victory gave them the perfect start to the defence of their championship title and they never looked in any real danger of losing despite being without injured German teenager Erik Riss and Justin Sedgmen who was riding in Croatia.

Team manager Alex Harkess said: “We were always comfortable and our heat leaders dominated the match, more of the same please.”

Godfrey admitted his side were stung by their reverse but this has only strengthened their resolve to exact revenge.

He said: “I felt we walked away from Armadale with our heads held high.

“We made a meeting of it, and there will be a lot of other teams who leave Armadale with far fewer points than we achieved. When I look at the Monarchs team and ours, and how both sets of riders go at the Eddie Wright Raceway, I’m confident we’ll beat Edinburgh around our place.”

Monarchs skipper Craig Cook is expected to be fit after taking a nasty tumble in heat 11 after his chain disintegrated on Friday following victories in his first two rides. And if Sam Masters, who has displaced Cook as No.1 in the side, and Kevin Wolbert, can emulate the 15-point maximums they both grabbed in the first match, Monarchs could be in good shape to pull off their first away win of the season.

But co-boss John Campbell cautioned: “Although Scunthorpe have won awards for their track preparation, some of our team don’t like the circuit because of the different racing lines, we’ll just have to see how it goes.”