Speedway image by Ian Groves

The Isle of Wight ‘Wightlink’ Warriors speedway team could find themselves within touching distance of some silverware if they can overcome Kent Kings on Thursday (30).

The Island side must beat their opponents by seven points or more to ensure they are still in the hunt for the National Trophy. A victory of that magnitude would mean the trophy’s destination is decided in the reverse fixture next Monday (3).

However, failure to do so would guarantee the Kings the crown.

Critics have tipped them as the team to beat this yer. And, despite two early injury setbacks for Alex Spooner and Daniel Gilkes, the trio of teenage tearaways Drew Kemp, Anders Rowe and Jordan Jenkins are already proving the pundits right with some top draw scores.

The Wightlink Warriors take to the track following a solid set of three encouraging results last week. Confidence is high after an unexpected away draw at Plymouth last Friday (24) – and there is quiet optimism among the home faithful that a surprise may be on the cards tomorrow.

Co-promoter Barry Bishop said:

“We come into this fixture on the back of a really positive week which culminated in an excellent result down at Plymouth.

“The boy’s application on the night in tricky conditions was superb and we will have to keep that level of intensity and teamwork up against a very strong Kings side that are brimming with future stars.

“Make no mistake we can win this meeting and take it to a decider in Kent next week so I urge everyone to come along and give the boys all the backing you possibly can.

“It’s half-term week so we’ll have all the usual extras for the kids and I’m sure it will be a terrific night both on and off the track.”

Anyone who is aged 22 will be given free entry as part of the Warriors’ age promotion scheme. Proof of age is required.

Gates open at Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde at 5.30pm ahead of the first race at 7.00pm.

Team line-ups

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

Kings: Drew Kemp, Rider Replacement for Alex Spooner, Anders Rowe, Jordan Jenkins, Rob Ledwith, Jacob Clouting and Nathan Ablitt.