POTTERS v PLYMOUTH - PREVIEW

Thursday 06 July, 2017
STOKE entertain the Plymouth Devils in the Travel Plus National League at Loomer Road on Saturday night, 7pm.

The Potters will be looking to follow last weeks victory over Cradley with a third league victory of the season which would see them leap frog the Devils in the league tableas they set their sights on the teams above them with number one Mitchell Davey saying “We have had a tough start to the season and last weeks victory over Cradley was a huge win for the boys with everyone member of the team contributing to the win and within the contaxt of our season it was vital as we look at the teams above us starting with Plymouth on Saturday when we can go above them with a victory. I really do feel we are getting there now and with a bit of consistency as a team then who knows where we can finish in the league table come the end of the season.”

Plymouth are currently in eighth place in the league table level on points with the Potters and the Potters will need to be at their best against a Devils side on a good run of form, recently beating Birmingham home and away to move into the semi-finals of the cup.
Plymouth are spearheaded by a formidable heatleader trio in Steve Boxall, Benji Compton and former Potter Adam Roynon all of whom are also former National League Riders Champions while they have Callum Walker and Henry Atkins both who have been in good form of late supporting the top three. At reserve the Devils have recently signed William O’Keefe at reserve with Richard Andrews who has dropped from the main body of the team to reserve with the July averages.

The Devon side beat the Potters 52-38 earlier in the season at the St. Boniface Arena where the Potters missed out on a point as Roynon and Boxall both raced to maximums.

Potters skipper Tony Atkin commented “It is going to be an extremely tough meeting especially with the top three riders that Plymouth have, but on our day and on our own track we are capable of beating anyone as we proved last Saturday against Cradley. The likes of Steve (Boxall), Adam Roynon and Benji Compton are all former riders champions and go well around here so we will need everyone to play their part and if we do then there is no reason we cannot bag the three points on Saturday.”

STOKE: Mitchell Davey, Ryan Terry-Daley, Tony Atkin (Captain), David Wallinger, Luke Priest, Paul Burnett, Shaun Tedham
PLYMOUTH: Steve Boxall, Callum Walker, Benji Compton (Captain), Henry Atkins, Adam Roynon, William O’Keefe, Richard Andrews