Coventry boss Colin Pratt admits the Knockout Cup semi-final with great rivals Wolverhampton is delicately poised going into Saturday's second leg at Brandon. The Black Country side gained a seven-point advantage at Monmore Green on Wednesday which means the Bees need to win by eight-points or more.

They have called on the services of Oxford's Todd Wiltshire - who will retire at the end of the month - to replace injured skipper Billy Hamill and Wolves will be unchanged from the first leg. The winners will face either Oxford or new Elite League champions Poole in the final, with the latter clear favourites as they take a big lead to Cowley for the second leg of their semi-final on Friday night.

Pratt said: "Most people will say this tie is in the balance and I would agree with them. It was disappointing to lose at Wolverhampton, our guest Joe Screen had bike problems in two of his rides and that hit us hard."

"Hopefully the boys can do the business and we can go through but it's going to be tough because Wolverhampton have riders who can gfo well around our track. Mikael Max and Peter Karlsson have had good meeting here and we've seen David Howe get on the rostrum at last year's British Final, so we know we've got a big task on our hands. I would urge all our fans to get behind us. This is now our biggest meeting of the season and we need everyone to help pull us through."

Bees have shuffled the riding order thanks to the new set of averages for October with Lee Richardson moving to the number one racejacket.

 

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