Tuesday May 09, 2017
The BMR Rockets head down to Dorset tomorrow night aiming to complete a unique double against adversaries Poole in the SGB Premiership.

The Rockets upended the so-called dynasty club 49-44 at Hoddesdon on April 22nd, in what a fixture that was dubbed beforehand by Rye House Team Manager Peter Schroeck as The Big One. To achieve a similar result – this time around Poole’s home circuit – would be no less sensational.

The Pirates will have to contend with the absence of No.1 Krzysztof Kasprzak, who suffered a broken collarbone in Poland on Sunday; Kenneth Bjerre will deputise at Wimborne Road as a guest.

The Rockets themselves will be without Stuart Robson, who is clearly feeling the after-effects of his heavy smash alongside Carl Wilkinson in Thursday’s British Semi-Final run-off. Schroeck updates the situation: “Unfortunately it is a combination of concussion and knee and foot injuries. Although the concussion itself rules him out of Wednesday’s match, in a sense it is not so much now his head but the fact that he cannot put any weight on his leg that is the continued problem. Give it another week, though, and he should be OK for our trip to Somerset (on Friday, May 19th).

“In the meantime, we’ll be running Rider-Replacement at Poole, with Ricky (Wells) and our two reserves able to take rides as cover. It’s not ideal, especially because of the way that Robbo has been riding and the consistency he’s shown in his scoring, but it is what it is.

“We’ll still go there full of beans and determined to get the victory. Swindon did just that at Wimborne Road last Monday, and there is no reason why we can’t do the same.”