The new look Bournemouth Castle Cover Buccaneers face two big challenges this week starting with a confrontation against the team that were denied the opportunity to go top of the National Development League just 24 hours before arriving at Wimborne Road
British Speedway’s newest side, Dudley were due to race at the Isle of Wight on Tuesday but that fixture fell victim to the weather, the Heathens needing a victory (or an away draw) to take them to the top of the table.
The Wednesday visit will get underway immediately after the Poole Castle Cover Pirates Elite league fixture against Swindon and is a must win for the Buccaneers if they are to consolidate their current 4th place in the league standings. Former Dudley ride James Sarjeant will be making his official debut for the Buccaneers, the youngster released by the Heathens in favour of Mickey Dyer earlier this season, rode for Bournemouth in their away victory at Rye House but that was a guest appearance.
Sarjeant will be joined by fellow debutant Danny Stoneman in the reserve berths with their third ‘new’ face, Jerran Hart spearheading the Buccaneers side
A double winner in 2009 Hart is a proven points scorer and team manager Garry May is hoping that the re-introduction of Hart to the side could bolster the Buccaneers as they bid to defend their league title.
Like the Buccaneers the Heathens also acted swiftly in snatching up a Mildenhall rider, Barrie Evans joining them as a replacement for the injured Jon Armstrong, and making what will now be his debut for the club.
On Friday night the Buccaneers head west for a tough clash against the Plymouth Devils, Stoneman’s former club and the venue at which Hart romped to a massive 21 point cup maximum last season.
Plymouth no doubt will be celebrating the NDL Pairs success of Nicki Glanz and Mark Simmonds who won the title last Saturday at Newport.
Team News: Bournemouth: J.Hart, A.Baseby, K.Howarth, M.Baseby, J.Brundle, J.Sarjeant, D.Stoneman
Dudley: L.Smart, M.Dyer, T.Perry, J.Anderson, B.Evans, A.Morris, R.Franklin
Plymouth: N.Glanz, J.Pickard, M.Bates, S.Stephens. M.Simmonds, D.Gough, B.Reade
Bournemouth: J.Hart, A.Baseby, K.Howarth, M.Baseby, J.Brundle, J.Sarjeant, D.Stoneman