Rye House's teenage star Edward Kennett is planning to ignore doctor's orders in order to race for the injury-ravaged Elmside Raiders in the Conference League Knockout Cup Final at Hoddesdon on Saturday. Kennett persuaded Rye House chief Len Silver to let him attempt some practice laps this week to test out his injured knee ahead of the clash with the Mildenhall.

This follows an incredible run of injuries, which has decimated the Raiders team ahead of the KO Cup finale. Speaking after he had taken his first laps since the middle of the summer, Kennett said: "The knee felt OK out there and I have every intention of lining up for the Raiders in the final. "I'll be taking some more laps at Eastbourne tomorrow and as long as I come through this OK then I should be fine."

Rye House boss Silver was obviously delighted to be anticipating the return of Kennett but also had some words of warning. He said: "Edward's doctor has strictly forbidden him from riding as his knee is obviously not 100% recovered. However he has been making good progress and he has an excellent knee brace."

"But my initial reaction when he approached me and asked to ride in the final was to tell him no, but he was so persistent, that I have relented. I told him that it was a decision which could only be taken by him and his parents and that if it were me I would not ride. But Edward wanted to ride in the final because of the terrible run of injuries in the past week which has seen our Conference League challenge disappear.

"We now have all of our top five in recuperation ahead of the cup final weekend. Edward is resting his knee while Steve Boxall and Barrie Evans are recovering from injuries they suffered in the matches against Swindon. Then to cap it all, our short-handed team which travelled to Sheffield on Monday without those three riders saw both Joel Parsons and James Cockle crocked by one Sheffield rider."

"Joel has dislocated his knee and will be going through intense physiotherapy this week in a bid to be fit for the final. And James is also battered and bruised. We could not have had a worse preparation for our fourth final in four years and facing the powerful Fen Tigers outfit we have a huge job on our hands."

"However, Edward is leading by example and we know that bruised or not, the Raiders will be giving it their all to claim this elusive piece of silverware and add it to our success in the Fours."

 

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