Reading Racers are forced to put out a makeshift team, when they travel to take on Workington Comets on Saturday night for their Premier League match The Racers will only have three of their regular riders on show, Jonas Davidsson, Paul Clews and Danny Norton.

Reading's number one Andrew Appleton is unavailable as the rider is competing in the European Grasstrack Championship at La Reole in France on Sunday - which has got the rider into hot water with the club and the sports governing body, BSPA.

With Appleton effectively classed as 'withholding his services', the BPSA have banned the rider and imposed a hefty fine. The ban comes into effect for Monday's home league clash with Kings Lynn. Reading are now able to have a facility for Appleton against the Comets, and have called up Poole Pirates Elite League star Ales Dryml.

As well as being without Appleton for the clash with the Comets, Reading will also be missing Peter Ljung once again. Ljung aggravated his leg injury in last weekend's World Under-21 Final, when the Swede finished in ninth place with six points.

The Racers management have been trying very hard to bring in a new signing to replace the Swede but at this stage of the season it is proving virtually impossible although the club have said they will continue to try. Hull's Garry Stead will line-up as a guest replacement for Ljung.

With Skipper Phil Morris sidelined for the remainder of the season, Euphony Racers will operate rider-replacement for the Welshman. Kings Lynn's James Brundle will replace Shane Colvin, who is currently taking a break from the sport. Reserve Danny Norton, who was concussed in a fall at Arena Essex last Friday, is set to return to track action.

 

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