Plymouth have a great record at Rye House . . . and guess who the Bank Holiday visitors are to Hoddesdon this Sunday? . . . the Devils
There’s Bank Holiday Sunday action in store at Rye House this weekend, as the Silver Ski Rockets continue their Premier League programme with a direct head-to-head with the team that has been a real bugaboo for them in recent times.
The Plymouth Devils have beaten the Rockets in the two teams’ last five encounters, a sequence that includes no less than three straight victories at Hoddesdon.
The most recent was on April 5 when Kalle Katajisto’s paid 17 master-class helped spark a 48-42 win. On that occasion, the Flying Finn was well supported by World Cup Lion Ben Barker (12+1) and former Reading and Peterborough man Sam Simota (10).
All three will feature again on Sunday, and are set to be joined by 2012 World U-21 Semi-Finalist Kyle Newman, fast developing Dane Rasmus Jensen and recent new signing Furness Flyer Adam Roynon, who is still fondly remembered in Hertforshire as an important part of the Rockets’ 2007 League Championship campaign.
Rye House team manager John Sampford expects another tough battle, and one on a par with last Saturday’s thriller against Sheffield. “The Devils have proven in their last three visits just how much they feel at home on our track, and Adam Roynon certainly also remembers the best way around our circuit.
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“But we showed what we are capable of with that incredible sixteen point swing across just seven races last Saturday. Edward Kennett, Steve Boxall and Jason Garrity are on fire at the moment, and the rest of the team can chip in the points too.
“We’ll also have Stefan Nielsen on show for the first time. He’s already demonstrated what he can do around our track, with a couple of maximums at National League level and good figures in the Premier. And his performance last time here in the British Semi-Final was something special.”
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The action starts at 2pm, with the main Premier League action being followed by a six race Midland Development League fixture between the Rye House Raiders and Long Eaton.
Rye House: Luke Bowen, Steve Boxall, Jason Bunyan (captain), Jason Garrity, Edward Kennett, Stefan Nielsen, Mathieu Tresarrieu
Plymouth: Ben Barker (captain), Roland Benko guest replacement (tbc), Rasmus Jensen, Kalle Katajisto, Kyle Newman, Adam Roynon, Sam Simota
Rye House supporters looking for a double dose of their favourites this Bank Holiday weekend can head to Central Park in Sittingbourne on Monday afternoon (3pm start). The Kent Kings face Wimbledon for the John Cearns Cup, with Steve Boxall returning to his 2013 side in a guest position and determined to break his own track record, while the Dons are set to feature Testimonial star Luke Bowen.