Edinburgh Monarchs tackle a useful Scunthorpe Scorpions side at Armadale tonight and are desperate to get some track time following the postponement of their Premier League fixture at Ipswich Witches last night – their second washout in a week.
With new averages now in effect, Monarchs’ American star Aaron Fox drops down to reserve swapping places with Aussie Justin Sedgmen who moves up into the team proper.
Sedgmen has been pretty useful at reserve so far forming a potent partnership with Steve Worrall, but insists: “I’m looking forward to being in the main body of the side and coming out with Craig (Cook) in the opening heat. The first race is always important, if you can get an advantage from it, everyone else gets a lift for the rest of the meeting.”
Monarchs, who are going for their ninth win in succession this season, will not underestimate the Scorpions, who have seen their results improve in recent weeks after a poor start to the season. Their 52-43 triumph against Plymouth Devils saw them move to the top of the table, albeit briefly. They are still without their No.1 Anders Mellgren. The Swede suffered a bad injury in his first race of 2014 but Scunthorpe bosses are hopeful he will be back in the saddle within a fortnight’s time.
Danish team-mate Thomas Jorgensen is also missing due to a championship commitment in his own country and he is replaced by former Glasgow ace Mason Campton.
However, with Josh Auty and David Howe, both excelling at Armadale in the past, Monarchs may not have things all their own way.
The home side will look to Cook for inspiration, and the Cumbrian speedster was certainly in excellent form for his Elite League side Belle Vue Aces on Monday, scoring a paid maximum which helped them defeat reigning champions Poole Pirates.
Said Cook: “Things had not been going so well for me down there and I needed to get my finger out. I made some gates and was really happy with my score.”