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  • Rob Dyer

Meeting Previews - Warriors v Leicester (NL) & Wizards v Birmingham (MSDL)

The ‘Wightlink’ Warriors and Wizards conclude their home league fixtures this Thursday (29 August) as they entertain Leicester Lion Cubs in the National League and Birmingham Bulls in the Midlands & Southern Development League. Both visiting sides top their respective league tables so the home outfits will need to be on top form if they are to fulfil the management’s wish to end with two Smallbrook wins.

With the Warriors anxious to put last Sunday’s disappointing Best Pairs meeting behind them, home fans will be concerned to see that Georgie Wood will again miss this meeting and it is understood that the club will be clarifying the position in a statement to be released shortly. In Wood’s absence on Thursday, the Warriors have booked talented Mildenhall rider Jason Edwards to fill the number one position with the rest of the line-up as usual.

The Lion Cubs, runners-up in the National Pairs competition, will be led by Danyon Hume, so impressive whilst guesting for the Warriors last week, however tall scoring Ellis Perks will miss the meeting as he is required for higher league duty at Swindon so Kent fire-cracker Anders Rowe will deputise. The visitors will also miss the solid scoring of Luke Ruddick who has been stood down as a result of concussion and in a further twist Leicester reserve Ryan Macdonald will miss the trip as he cannot secure time off from his job in Scotland. That opens the door for Wizard Chris Watts to plug a gap and gain more valuable track time and Thursday will also give Island fans their first chance to see the highly rated Thompson twins who have moved from reserve to main team already this year whilst lurking in the number seven berth is former Warrior Ryan Terry-Daley who could be very influential on the outcome of the meeting.