The Isle of Wight Warriors speedway team have a battle on their hands against the Plymouth Gladiators on Thursday (2).

Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde will play host for the National Trophy clash, which will feature twenty-one heats.

Keen to build on last week’s very encouraging win over Mildenhall, the Warriors take on a side who will track no fewer than four former team-mates.

Unfortunately, the visitors will be forced to travel without charismatic Richard Andrews who is sidelined with a foot injury.

However, in Ben Wilson, Nathan Stoneman and Scott Campos they have plenty of top-end firepower, not to mention Jamie Bursill who could prove influential at reserve.

Warriors have no injury concerns and with last week giving the new riders chance to acclimatise, the home side go into this meeting looking to build on the all-round team performance shown against the Fen Tigers.

They will be especially keen to get back to winning ways following an encouraging yet ultimately unsuccessful meeting at Mildenhall last Sunday where the Warriors were right in the match before missing out in the final two heats.

Meanwhile, the Wightlink Wizards will have their first home outing of the season in the Midland & Southern Development League with a strong Exeter side sure to test the home quartet during their six heat meeting.

Warrior’s co-promoter Barry Bishop said:

“We’ve got another great nights racing and off-track fun coming up this week with a packed programme to get through.

“Although we slipped up towards the end of our match at Mildenhall I was delighted by the attitude of our riders and there can be no doubting that they all did their best. If we keep that level of commitment going we’ll be well place to go for another home win and I’ll be double thrilled if the Wightlink Wizards start with a home victory as well.

“And don’t forget our new age related promotion. This week anyone who is 55 will be admitted to the stadium as our guest free of charge on production of proof of age and it’s not just one person, it’s for anyone – friends or family – who’s age is 55.

“I’m looking forward to meeting these new found friends and showing them what a super thing we have going with the Wightlink Warriors and Wizards every week.”

Gates open at 5.30pm ahead of the first race at 7pm.

Team lineups:

Warriors (from): Connor King, Ben Morley, Ryan Terry-Daley, Danno Verge, Chris Widman, Chad Wirtzfeld and Georgie Wood.

Gladiators (from): Richard Andrews (R/R), Jamie Bursill, Scott Campos, Adam Extance, Adam Sheppard, Nathan Stoneman and Ben Wilson.

Wizards (from): Ben Ilsley, Jamie Sealey, Chris Watts and Chad Wirtzfeld.

Falcons (from): Saul Bulley, James Chattin, Max Pankhurst and Adam Sheppard.