STOKE head to the South Midlands to face Coventry Storm in the Travel Plus National League at the Brandon Stadium on Friday night, 7pm.
The A.R. Richards Potters are first on in what is a double header with Rye House facing Storm immediately after the Stoke meeting.
The Potters who have not won in their last nine outings are currently eleventh out of the twelve clubs with Storm also not having had the best of campaigns currently in tenth place six points ahead of the Potters.
Danny Phillips returns to the side after missing the home defeat against Kent on Sunday when he was on Premier League duty and the Potters will be hoping that number one Ben Wilson can repeat his performance the last time he rode at Brandon when he scored an unbeaten 12 point maximum while guesting for Kent earlier in the season.
Storm have only won one of their last seven outings and that was a victory over the Belle Vue Colts as the Storm wrecked any chance that the Colts may have had of making the play-offs.
Coventry will be using rider replacement for Dan Greenwood who is injured, but will be led into action by Mitchell Davey who joined Storm mid-season and has rocketed to the number slot in the team. Davey will be supported by former Potter Liam Carr who has been in impressive form this season with another ex-Potter Ryan Terry-Daley returning to Loomer road and Jamie Halder completing the top five with Callum Walker and Conor Dwyer completing the Storm septet.
Malcolm Vasey commented “It will be an interesting battle between two teams that have had moderate seasons’ and will go there to do our best against them.”
COVENTRY: Mitchell Davey, Dan Greenwood r/r, Jamie Halder, Ryan Terry-Daley, Liam Carr, Callum Walker, Conor Dwyer
STOKE: Ben Wilson, Shaun Tedham, Tony Atkin, Danny Phillips, Ben Hopwood, Chris Hay, Paul Burnett