Devils trio aiming to clinch win
PLYMOUTH Devils trio Kyle Hughes, Paul Starke and Matt Bates will aim to clinch a series win for in tonight's Test match against their Australasia counterparts at the St Boniface Arena (7.30pm).
The two sides have met three times already with Great Britain leading the five-match series 2-1 following Tuesday's 56-36 victory at Weymouth.
Another triumph tonight in front of what is expected to be a healthy Plymouth crowd would seal the series win for Great Britain.
Devils chairman Mike Bowden is expecting each of his three riders to do well on their own track.
"Kyle, Paul and Matt have all been going really well at home this season," said Bowden. "It will be a bit different for them tonight riding for Great Britain and not the Devils. But if they just go out and ride as they normally do, then I would expect them to score a few points.
"It is also a chance for each of them – particularly Paul, who only scored one point against Bournemouth on Wednesday night – to remind everyone of what they can do."
Bowden added: "It should be a cracking meeting when you look at the riders who will be on show. The series is delicately poised with Great Britain leading 2-1 with two Tests to go."
The Devils trio will be joined in the Great Britain line-up by former Plymouth riders Devils Lee Smart and Tim Webster. Completing the line-up will be Brendan Johnson from the Isle of Wight and Bournemouth's Kyle Newman.
For Australasia, they include Sheffield's Premier League rider Hugh Skidmore, New Zealander Jade Mudgway, who scored six points for Buxton on their recent visit to the St Boniface Arena, and Newport's Todd Kurtz.
Tickets for tonight's Test match are priced £9 adults, £5 children aged eight to 16, and £6 OAPs aged 65 and over. Children aged under eight are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Season ticket holders get in free while spectators who attended last week's abandoned meeting against the Isle of Wight will be able to use their tickets for free admission.
Great Britain Under-21s: L Smart, P Starke, B Johnson, K Newman, K Hughes, T Webster, M Bates.
Australasia Under-21s: H Skidmore, J Anderson, A N Other, S Rutherford, J Mudgway, D North, T Kurtz.