Swindon have called up former Rye House captain Edward Kennett as they bid to extend their remarkable SGB Premiership winning run at Hoddesdon today.
Kennett, who was axed by the Rockets earlier this summer as part of a series of team changes, is standing in for the injured Jason Doyle – and is hoping his track knowledge can play a big part in their quest for an eleventh successive victory.
Kennett, who previously rode for the Robins in 2013, boasts an impressive 9.71 average from his six Premiership matches at the Hertfordshire venue this season, but he lost his place due to his away form.
Robins also require a guest at reserve due to the season-ending injury suffered by Zach Wajtknecht last week, with a collection for the youngster at the Abbey on Thursday raising over £1,800 in a magnificent effort by supporters.
At Hoddesdon, Redcar and Cradley racer Danny Ayres steps in, having scored 11+2 on his previous visit with former club Leicester back in May.
Rye House are sixth in the table, ten points away from the top four but with matches in hand – and they have made frequent alterations to their line-up in a bid to boost their play-off challenge.
The most eye-catching of those has been the signing of former World No.2 Krzysztof Kasprzak, who was released by Poole last month after a torrid season so far and is now set to start his Rockets career in a reserve place.
He will, however, be absent from Saturday’s fixture due to his involvement in the Speedway Euro Championship, and with that series not recognised by the British authorities, the hosts have no option but to use a National League rider who does not currently appear in either of the top two leagues.
This undoubtedly increases the Robins’ chances of a second win in Hertfordshire this season – they were also successful in the KO Cup back in April – but the hosts still track a strong top five, led by British duo Chris Harris and Scott Nicholls who both provided some spectacular action at the Abbey Stadium in their guest appearances on Thursday.
Swindon boss Alun Rossiter said: “Who says we can’t make it eleven wins? We’ve got to go there with that attitude, and it’s no good now trying to hide under the radar of being underdogs.
“We went top of the league on Thursday and now everybody will be looking to knock us off.
“I think Edward will have a point to prove there, and it’s fair to say he will be fired up. As long as he doesn’t over-ride I’m sure he will do a great job for us, and I’ve known Edward for a long time so I’m confident he will be fine.”
Doyle, meanwhile, is set for rest after his crash at King’s Lynn on Wednesday, where thankfully he suffered no broken bones.
Robins have a ten-day break from racing after the trip to Rye House, before they return to the Abbey Stadium against Somerset on 17th August.
RYE HOUSE: Chris Harris, Ben Barker, Ricky Wells, Stuart Robson, Scott Nicholls, Guest TBC, Ben Morley.
SWINDON: Edward Kennett, Tobiasz Musielak, Bradley Wilson-Dean, David Bellego, Nick Morris, Adam Ellis, Danny Ayres.