WightLink Warriors

Warriors Plan To Tame Young Lions

The ‘Wightlink’ Warriors return to speedway action this Thursday (13th) 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!

Led by Birmingham’s hugely talented Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, the Young Lions have also named the Woodhull twins, Luke and Ben, both of whom now hold National League slots at Belle Vue and Buxton respectively. In fact before being snapped up by the Derbyshire side Ben put in a couple of promising guest appearance for the Warriors with his 13 point haul at Swindon in the National Trophy being the highlight. Also included is Matt Marson who has just returned from Australia where recent performances have set tongues wagging. It will be very interesting to see how quickly he can settle at Smallbrook.

Warriors will 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. 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.

Spicing up proceedings is the battle of the respective team managers Jackie and Neil Vatcher. There is no doubt what Jackie wants. She 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’.

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

Young Lions expect to select from: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Joe Lawlor, Matt Marson, Danno Verge, Lewis Whitmore, Ben Woodhull and Luke Woodhull.

Jamie Bursill will act as number eight for both teams.

Gates open at The Andrew Younie stadium at 17.30, open pit access from 17.45 to 18.15, rider parade 18.45 with first race at 19.00. 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’.