NEWPORT Wasps promoter Tim Stone insists there will be no complacency from his in-form side when they face Trelawny Tigers at Hayley Stadium on Sunday (3pm).

After their recent Premier Trophy victories over Swindon and Reading, the Wasps are confident despite losing the services of Ben Howe who is out with a knee injury for the next three weeks.

Wasps have brought in Andrew Appleton to guest ride for them in what is already a strong team across the board.

Although Trelawny finished just one place above bottom-side Newport in last season's British Premier League, Wasps start clear favourites, but Stone is taking nothing for granted.

In their ranks, Trelawny have last season's Wasps captain Steve Masters (pictured) and Seemond Stephens, who transfered from Exeter during the winter, but they will have their work cut out containing Wasps.

Stone said: "You never discount anyone. People have put both ourselves and Trelawny down the bottom of the league but that's up to them.

"Steve Masters will have a point to prove and they are certainly no mugs, there is a job to be done for us.

"They have shown a lot of ambition in the way they have put their team together at Trelawny and they will make us work hard on Sunday.

"There will be no complacency from us and this is a meeting we have to get out of the way and I'll be delighted if we can pick up a big win."

Meanwhile, Newport Mavericks face Carmarthen in the first ever Welsh derby on Monday (11am) and while the Wasps second string side will be keen for a win, the senior side have been given a boost ahead of the Premier League season's start on Saturday April 27.

Wasps face Workington Comets away, before taking them on next day back home, but their next opponents Newcastle have been hit with a double injury blow. Both Jesper Olsen and Andre Compton are injured and Olsen seems certain to need more surgery after dislocating his shoulder again in the Premiership defeat at Hull and Compton has suffered tissue damage in his knee.

Newport: Craig Watson, Frank Smart, Ben Howe, Scott Smith, Lee Dicken, Barrie Evans, Carl Wilkinson.

Trelawny: Chris Harris, Seemond Stephens, Emiliano Sanchez, Steve Masters, Pavel Ondrasik, Richard Wolff, Simon Phillips.