Following their historic success in the Premier League Fours Championship at the weekend, the Somerset 'Mike Manning Audio' Rebels return to Premier League action this Friday (26th) with the visit to the Oak Tree Arena of the Isle of Wight 'Wightlink' Islanders.

With Somerset currently holding 9th place in the Premier League, victory over the Islanders is essential if the Rebels are to continue their push for a top eight Premier League Play Off spot. The team's chances of climbing into the top 8 would be further enhanced if they could claw back the 19 point deficit they suffered on their visit to the Isle of Wight earlier in the month and claim the additional bonus point on offer.

The Isle of Wight are led at number 1 by their Australian skipper Craig Boyce (10.21). Second only to Reading's Matej Zagar in the Premier League averages, Boyce is the most prolific performer to ever visit the Oak Tree Arena. A rider of vast experience, Boyce finished 3rd in the 1994 World Final and is a three time Australian Champion. His partner at number 2 will need little introduction to the Somerset faithful, as the Islanders track ex-Rebel, Glen Phillips (5.99). Glen was an integral part of the Rebels Conference League team when the club was first formed and has always been a favourite with the Rebel fans. An accomplished grass track rider, Phillips will be looking to put one over his old team come Friday's match.

Enjoying his best season for many a year, and riding at number 3 for Isle of Wight is Krister Marsh (6.11). Long time associated with Exeter, Marsh moved on to Isle of Wight in 2004 and the move has certainly paid dividends for both rider and team. Marsh forms a potent pairing in the Islanders middle order with Ulrich Ostergaard (7.56) who rides at number 4. The 24 year old Dane has made steady progress through the season and has firmly established himself as the Islanders third heat leader.

With the departure of Czech, Tomas Suchanek, to Elite League Poole, the Isle of Wight have snapped up 26 year old Pole, Krystof Stojanowski (8.00) to ride at number 5. His scoring ability with his Polish team, Zielona Gora, brought Stojanowski to the attention of the Islanders promotion, and has been given the opportunity to establish himself in readiness for the 2006 season.

At reserve, the Islanders track Australian Jason Doyle (4.84) and Dane Steen Jensen (5.84), both of whom who are in their first full season of riding in the UK.

After their impressive come back last Friday to beat Reading and claim their 4th bonus point of the season, the Somerset 'Mike Manning Audio' Rebels track an unchanged line up in respect of their top 6 riders, however the guest replacement for injury victim, Trevor Harding, is yet to be announced.

 

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