NEWPORT Drillerman Hornets' bid to return to winning ways faces a fierce test tomorrow when visitors Belle Vue Colts include the British National League's two best riders, writes Terry Daley.
Jason Garrity won last Saturday's BNL Riders' Championship at Rye House ahead of team-mate and fellow-teenager Kyle Howarth.
Hornets skipper Jay Herne finished third but pre-event favourite Todd Kurtz was lower down the order following a crash with Herne and a last-place finish in his final ride.
The next evening the Hornets were thrashed 60-36 at Mildenhall Fen Tigers but they are hoping Tom Young has recovered from a back strain to take his place on the team tomorrow.
However the Hornets’ home form is very good and the meeting is expected to be one of the most exciting NL match-ups at the venue this season.
The wash-out of the Hornets' BNL fixture at Belle Vue on Wednesday is now the only one remaining yet to be re-arranged by the Queensway Meadows Stadium club.
l Newport Drillerman Hornets (from): Richard Andrew; Jay Herne (capt); Brendan Johnson; Todd Kurtz; Rider replacement for Matt Bates; James White-Williams; Tom Young.
Belle Vue Colts: Byron Becker; Jason Garrity; Kyle Howarth; Karl Mason; Adam McKinna; Scott Richardson; Chris Wildman.
l Hornets' BNL fixtures: Sunday, September 11 - home v Belle Vue Colts; Saturday, September 24 - away v Stoke Potters; Sunday, September 25 - home v Scunthorpe Saints; Sunday, October 2 - away v Buxton Hitmen; Saturday, October 8 - home v King's Lynn. TBA - Belle Vue Colts, away.
l Newport Mike Manning Audio Wasps do not have a British Premier League meeting this weekend and are in action next on Saturday, September 17, when they host Workington Comets in a Knockout Cup semi-final first leg clash.
The return takes place at Workington the following night and the winners will face either Glasgow Tigers or Newcastle Diamonds in the two-legged final in October.