The Wightlink Warriors return to speedway action this Thursday (13) when their former team manager and current Young Lions boss Neil Vatcher brings seven of England’s brightest future prospects to do battle with the home side – managed by his wife Jackie!

The Warriors welcome back Ben Wilson after his horrible spill at Kent last week. Scott Campos will be making his home team match debut after an encouraging start in last week’s individual handicap, a meeting that brought Adam Portwood to the attention of the Warriors and his efforts have earned him the vacant number seven slot in the team as announced yesterday (Monday).

With Chris Widman back after missing last week and with Connor Coles and Jamie Sealey both reporting fit and mechanically well, it means skipper James Cockle can look forward to continuing his own fine form with sound support from the rest of his crew.

Jackie said:

“I’m not sure speedway has ever seen a managerial match up like this before so if it is a first I want my boys to be the ones making history.

“Neil has an enviable choice of riders to pick from and he knows their form inside out, however the Warriors are a tight knit bunch and I’m sure they will want to win it not only for me but also for our faithful supporters.”

Co-promoter Barry Bishop said:

“In our last home team meeting against Kent the team received fantastic crowd support and it undoubtedly inspired our riders to secure a victory. We will definitely need that participation again this week so come along, be a Warrior.”

Warriors: Ben Wilson, Chris Widman, James Cockle, Scott Campos, Connor Coles, Jamie Sealey and Adam Portwood.

Gates open at The Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium at 5.30pm, open pit access from 5.45pm to 6.15pm, rider parade 6.45pm with first race at 7pm.