Saturday 08 September, 2018
STOKE travel to the Paul Chapman & Sons Arena, Leicester to face the Coventry Bees’ in the Travel Plus National League as part of a double-header on Sunday afternoon, 3pm.

The Potters are on second with the Bees’ entertaining Birmingham first in the same competition at 1pm as both Coventry and Birmingham take each other on for a chance of reaching the play-offs, before the Bees’ then taking on Stoke.

Tom Perry will once again guest for the Potters with the Belle Vue rider replacing Tony Atkin while they will use rider replacement for cover for Rob Shuttleworth.

Coventry are currently sixth in the table but two wins on Sunday would put them in the hunt for the end of season play-offs and the Potters will be looking to make that job more difficult for them if they can take something out of the meeting. Stoke have already lost at Coventry’s temporary home losing out 52-38 in the first meeting of the season and drew at Loomer Road last month. Connor Mountain leads the Bees’ into action and he has had an excellent season for the home side averaging just over 10-points a meeting and he is supported by veteran racer and former Potter Jon Armstrong with Luke Ruddick and Jamie Halder supporting the top two well. Former Potter Danny Phillips misses the meeting due to being on Championship duty with Scunthorpe and the Bees’ use rider replacement in his absence with Luke Harris and Ryan MacDonald taking the reserve berths and Tom Spencer being named number eight for the Bees.”

Assistant team manager Adam Isherwood commented “We are going into the meeting on the back of a brilliant victory over Birmingham last week a meeting no one expected us to win apart from ourselves and it shows what we are capable of on the day. We need to get a good start to the meeting and if we do then who knows what can happen. Coventry will already have had a tough meeting prior to taking us on and they may encounter engine problems the track may not be exactly the same for the second meeting there are several factors that could come into a second meeting then again it could work against us if the track holds up well, but one thing I can say is that we will be going there looking to win and get a result out of the meeting at the end of the day all the pressure is on Coventry and we have nothing to lose and hopefully we can cause another upset.”

COVENTRY: Connor Mountain, Danny Phillips R/R, Luke Ruddick, Jamie Halder, Jon Armstrong (Captain), Luke Harris, Ryan MacDonald, Tom Spencer (No.8)
STOKE: Tom Perry, Adam Extance, Rob Shuttleworth R/R, David Wallinger, Max Clegg (Captain), Arran Butcher, Paul Burnett