Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bears Will Be Looking to Restore Confidence

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bears Will Be Looking to Restore Confidence

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REDCAR must put aside elimination from the Championship Shield and use their final group match against Scunthorpe tomorrow night to try and restore a little pride and confidence according to promoter Jitendra Duffill.

The Agilia Bears interest in the competition ended with defeat in Lincolnshire a week ago and although the Bears led for much of the match and were still level with three races remaining, heats 13 and 15 - where both sides top riders are generally involved - proved to be the Teessders' downfall.

Charles Wright has been in superb form, but the expected high scoring support from skipper Ben Barker and Michael Palm Toft - who is still top of the averages, despite managing only 21 (plus one bonus) points in the previous five group matches - has not materialized.

Bears are destined to finish bottom of the mini-league whatever the outcome tomorrow, and Duffill insists: "We certainly need a bit more back up for Charles Wright.

"The new averages have come into force and I feel it might have done Michael good to have had the pressure taken off a little by dropping down the order, but Charles' average still falls just short, so he'll be at number one for another month. We need to get ourselves back onto the winning track as it was as disappointing lose at Scunthorpe as it was at home to Leicester on Good Friday, especially as that was in front of such a good crowd.

"There's not much riding on tomorrow's meeting for us but we need to regain a little pride and maybe confidence."

Jordan Stewart certainly should arrive on a high after winning the Top Gun Individual at Sheffield last Sunday, while Nathan Greaves and Jack Smith put in highly creditable performances, scoring nine and seven respectively, in the British Under-21 Championship at Berwick 24 hours earlier.

Dane Palm Toft, who signed from Peterborough during the winter after some sensational performances at the Media Prima Arena last season, admits that he can't put his finger on exactly why he is struggling, especially as his last two outings at King's Lynn in the upper tier Premiership have yielded 11 and 11+3. …

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