STOKE entertain local rivals Buxton Hitmen in the National Trophy at Loomer Road on Saturday night, 7pm.
The two sides have attempted to ride this meeting on several occasions with the weather intervening.
Stoke have had the upper hand between the two sides this season have taken victories in both league matches and the meeting at the D&P Raceway in the Trophy and will be looking to continue on Saturday evening.
The A.R. Richards Potters have drafted in Coventry number one Mitchell Davey for the meeting as he replaces the unavailable Ben Wilson while the Potters will use rider replacement for Ben Hopwood.
The injury hit Hitmen have drafted in teenager Jack Parkinson-Blackburn to replace the injured Oliver Greenwood. The youngster has been in fine form for league leaders Birmingham this season and will be sure to push the Potters riders all the way. He will be supported by Hitmen skipper and former Potter Lee Dicken who returned to the sport this season along with Ryan Burton and guest Conor Dwyer while the Derbyshire outfit will use rider replacement to cover for Shelby Rutherford. At reserve the Hitmen have Lee Geary who has scored well at times around the Loomer Road circuit while Joe Lawlor completes the Buxton line up, Lawlor scoring his best ever score last weekend.
Potters team manager Malcolm Vasey commented “We have beaten Buxton three times this year and I am hoping that we can make it four on Saturday. We have a friendly rivalry between the two clubs and it’s always pleasing to get one over Buxton and Jason (Pipe). We have had to shuffle our line up around a bit for Saturday night, but I feel we have enough fire power in our locker to get the victory on the night.”
STOKE: Mitchell Davey, Ben Hopwood rider replacement, Tony Atkin, Danny Phillips, Shaun Tedham, Chris Hay, Paul Burnett
BUXTON: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Shelby Rutherford rider replacement, Conor Dwyer, Ryan Burton, Lee Dicken, Lee Geary, Joe Lawlor