PLYMOUTH Devils will hope to return to winning ways when they meet West Country rivals Somerset in the Southern Group decider of the Premier League Cup at the St Boniface Arena on Thursday evening (7.15pm).
Although the Devils are unable to make any further progress in the competition, Somerset need an away win to finish above Rye House at the top of the group – and qualify for the semi-finals.
Plymouth team manager Lee Trigger said: “Although we can’t progress in the competition, we will be doing all in our power to stop Somerset, although we know that will not be easy as they are a powerful unit.
“After losing at home to Ipswich last week, our priority will be to get back to winning ways.”
The Devils will again be without skipper Kyle Newman, who has a broken collarbone, and will use the rider replacement facility to cover his absence, but Todd Kurtz is expected to return to action after missing Saturday’s trip to Rye House because of a hip injury.
Somerset will be at full strength and are spearheaded by Australians Josh Grajczonek and Rohan Tungate with support from Charles Wright and former Plymouth rider Paul Starke.
New Zealander Bradley Wilson-Dean is promoted to the main body of the team because of his new average while Jake Allen drops to reserve alongside Zach Wajtknecht.
Plymouth: Brady Kurtz, rider replacement for Kyle Newman, Jack Holder, Todd Kurtz, Sam Simota. Reserves: Stefan Nielsen, Ellis Perks.
Somerset: Josh Grajczonek, Bradley Wilson Dean, Charles Wright, Paul Starke, Rohan Tungate. Reserves: Jake Allen, Zach Wajtknecht.