High-flying Monarchs warned over Scorpions’ sting

Justin Sedgmen
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Edinburgh Monarchs have been warned they will find things “very different” at Scunthorpe Scorpions later today as they seek a quickfire Premier League double over the Lincolnshire speedway outfit.

Monarchs, who are going for a record-equalling ten wins in a row, crushed Scunthorpe 59-34 at Armadale on Friday, but team manager Dave Peet is predicting the tables will be turned on home soil. He said: “We were beaten by the better team on Friday. We looked okay in the first couple of races then we fell away and we did lose a few points.”

Peet was slightly aggrieved over a decision by referee Chris Gay to exclude his Aussie ace Ryan Douglas in heat ten, saying: “Ryan was out on a tactical ride and led Craig Cook for over three laps. Craig then came under Ryan. who fell on the third bend. I thought Craig took Ryan’s racing line but the referee saw it differently.

“It was that kind of night for us, whatever we tried did not work. We must bounce back and get the points at our place.And Edinburgh will find things very different, it won’t be easy for them to beat us at home.”

However, Monarchs second-string star Justin Sedgmen, who picked up six points in the first match, thinks the Capital side are in the right frame of mind to pick up their first away win of the league campaign.

“We are going for the win,” he said. “It’s what we all want to do, but it will be tough because Scunthorpe are very quick round their own circuit. However, we are all riding out of our skins right now and anything could happen. You have to make good starts at Scunthorpe in order to control the races. And sometimes you don’t know where the dirt is going to be, but we won’t stress about it. We’ll just ride the place hard.”

Sedgmen added: “We definitely have a chance. Aaron Fox was among the points on Friday and once he can pop out of the starts, he’ll get better. We are all chipping in with something at the moment.”

Monarchs team manager Alex Harkess said: “Some of the Scunthorpe riders who did not go well at Armadale, will be a different proposition round their own track so it won’t be easy. But we have momentum in our favour and, with everyone in the team feeling they can score points, every meeting is winnable.”