In speedway today (Thursday), the Isle of Wight ‘Wightlink’ Warriors entertain the Kent Kings at the Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium, in a National Trophy fixture.

Kent will rely on the experience of Luke Bowen to guide his younger colleagues and he will no doubt be receiving full support from former Warrior Nathan Stoneman and fast-improving Jack Thomas.

Following two defeats on the road at Coventry and Birmingham the home side will miss high-scoring Ben Morley, who is away on Championship duty with Lakeside. Guest replacement will be flamboyant showman Danny Ayres.

Adam Portwood will miss the meet, because of a “lack of confidence”. Team Manager Jackie Vatcher explains,

“Adam has decided to step down from the team for a few weeks as he is struggling from a lack of confidence and also finding it difficult to make racing pay. He will take some time out to decide what his future entails.”

It means Josh Embleton will get another run-out.

Co-promoter Barry Bishop said,

“We have always had exciting battles with the Kings on the Island so we have a very quick chance to get back on the front foot, continue to ride with pride and passion and deliver a result for our fantastic fans.”

Gates will open at 5.30pm. There is pit access from 5.45pm until 6.15. Pre-meeting demonstration rides start at 6.15pm. Tapes up at 7pm.