Newport provide the opposition at Blunsdon this Thursday in what is sure to be a hum-dinger of a Premier League meeting. The Wasps are always dangerous around Blunsdon, as they demonstrated when holding the Robins to a draw in the M4 Trophy on the opening night of the season way back in March.

In club skipper Craig Watson, plus Frank Smart and Neils-Kristian Iversen they have a particularly strong top-end, and the likes of Tony Atkin and Carl Wilkinson have shown they can score well at Blunsdon too.

Having returned to the Swindon septet with an 11 point haul against King's Lynn last week, young-gun Olly Allen was clearly looking forward to the match as he confessed: 'It's going to be a tough match, very tough. Like King's Lynn they have a lot of top-end strength, and they've shown that what they can do around here.

It's also one of the last chances to race against Frank Smart. He's the best, they don't come better than him, as a team-mate he was fun to have in the team, and as an opponent he's great to race against. I can't really say much more, but to say he's a really great guy. It will be sad when he hangs up his leathers and leaves British Speedway. I'm definitely going to make sure that in my last ride with Frank that I do a lap of honour with him. He's been a pleasure to ride with.'

Looking at the Swindon side for the clash, a change in the riding order sees Olly Allen move up to the No.3 berth, with Chris Neath moving in the opposite direction to the No.5 slot. Meanwhile, team manager Peter Oakes was hoping to acquire the services of Workington's Aidan Collins to plug the gap at No.7, but this had yet to be confirmed at the time of going to press.

 

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