The Somerset Orchard FM Rebels welcome the Reading Euphony Racers to the Oak Tree Arena on Friday (7.30pm), when the two teams go head-to-head in Premier League action.

Despite having lost the services of Danny Bird for the past few weeks due to a shoulder injury picked up at Glasgow, the Racers have continued their improved form of this season and currently lie in fourth place in the Premier League table. Last Saturday at Stoke they picked up their second away league win of the season, winning 49-41.

"This is going to be yet another tough meeting for the Somerset Orchard FM Rebels," Promoter Peter Toogood stated, "but we beat the Racers at home in the Premier Trophy so there is no reason why we cannot do the same again. Last week we saw some great races from all seven of our lads to turn over Newcastle, and I look forward to more of the same this week."

In the last month the Euphony Racers have contested the Premier Trophy Final against Exeter, but despite winning the first leg 46-43 at Smallmead, they lost on aggregate to the Falcons after going down 59-35 in the second leg in Devon. Reading were highly fancied to win the tie, but injury to Bird a week before the final, and Phil Morris and Chris Schramm riding whilst still feeling the effects of crashes on the Racers Northern Tour finally took their toll.

To make matters worse they lost the services of Matej Zagar after one ride for the home leg with concussion, and although he did declare himself fit to ride the second leg the following day, struggled by his usual standards.



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