This Weeks Action Preview - Poole meet Plymouth Twice


Ben Cook may be riding on the crest of the wave with his current form but the Poole Wessex Marine Pirate is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as he looks ahead to Poole's double clash against Plymouth this week.

With the Prow Park Gladiators staging the first of the two clashes between the South West sides on Tuesday (6th June) at 7pm, ahead of the Wimborne Road return on Wednesday (7th at 7.30pm), Ben is setting himself just one target for the Devon trip "well yeah, we are back there again, it's a tricky little track isn't it. It can be so frustrating but you've just gotta make starts and get out in front and yeah, so that will be the aim and if we can all do that it could be a good night and we can get the win."

Talking about his own form he admits "it's been good at the moment, I can't complain at all. It's just been more consistent time on the bike, you know, riding for Peterborough as well and I was at reserve with them and getting six or seven rides and we've been busy with Poole so yeah its been good and everyone is going good and doing their part for Poole and we've got a good little combination with Zach, so, like I said, it's going well."

Cook himself has a personal average of 7.60 (including bonus points) around the Coliseum this season, having scored paid nineteen from ten rides so far this year, with the Pirates previous two visits, having met the hosts in both the BSN group and the Knockout Cup, competitions in which Poole are already confirmed finalists. . 

Although Tuesday will be the fifth meeting of the two clubs, the Plymouth side will be slightly different after they released former Pirate Paul Starke from their declared seven and offered a recall to the rider that was voted their Rider of the Year in 2022, Ben Morley and he will be making his seasonal debut.

With their league programme still in its infancy, having ridden just one fixture todate, the Pirates will have their eyes on the full five points available to them. Poole boss Dan Ford said, "Obviously we would love to do the double over them this week and if we ride like we can do then that is achievable but we know how tough they can make it for us down there so at the very least we need to be looking at collecting the aggregate bonus point, which is up for grabs on Wednesday. 

Wednesday's meeting is being sponsored by the Poole and District Branch of the Royal Marines Association which forms an integral part of of RMA-The Royal Marines Charity (RMA-TRMC) and in a way of support for this charity which is the central pillar of the Royal Marines Family, drawing together those who aspire to join, those who serve, those who have served and those who support and enable us, there will be a collection during the meeting.

Teams for both fixtures:

Plymouth 1 Kyle Howarth (Capt) 2  Ben Morley 3 Ben Barker 4 Dan Gilkes 5 Richie Worrall 6 Jake Turner 7 B.Trigger  Team manager Garry May
Poole 1 Steve Worrall (Capt) 2 Anders Rowe 3 Ben Cook 4 Zach Cook 5 Richard Lawson 6 Kyle Newman 7 Adam Roynon Team manager Neil Middleditch


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