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PREVIEW: POOLE v SCUNTHORPE (Champ)

POOLE return to home action when they face fellow top-six side Scunthorpe at Wimborne Road tonight (Wednesday).

But the Pirates will not be facing the two rides who were initially named as 2020 team members – Adam Ellis and Josh MacDonald, who did not then feature in ’21 before joining the Scorpions.

Both were hurt at Plymouth on Tuesday, with Broc Nicol and Dillon Ruml coming in to guest, whilst rider replacement operates for Thomas Jorgensen who has a Danish League commitment.

Poole still have to wait to give Benjamin Basso his debut, as he is also racing in Denmark, with Alfie Bowtell standing in, but Ben Cook is back from injury.

Pirates promoter Danny Ford said: “It is frustrating that we have to wait a little longer to see Benjamin in our colours, but of course with us signing him late on he already had commitments for his club Fjelsted.

“Thankfully though this will be a rare clash and he will join us on Friday. But I am glad to have Ben Cook back in the fray, he is very keen to get going again after his lay-off and after the problems of last week I think we are all desperate to get going again.

“Hopefully we will be able to attract a good summers’ evening crowd to provide plenty of support to lift the Pirates as we seek to close the gap on leaders Glasgow.”

POOLE: Rory Schlein, Alfie Bowtell, Steve Worrall, Stefan Nielsen, Danny King, Ben Cook, Danyon Hume.
SCUNTHORPE: Broc Nicol, Simon Lambert, Theo Pijper, Tero Aarnio, Thomas Jorgensen r/r, Jordan Palin, Dillon Ruml.