PLYMOUTH Devils gained their first win for five weeks when they beat Redcar 48-42 in Friday’s Premier League match at the St Boniface Arena.
Brady Kurtz led the way for the Devils with 14 points from his five rides, being beaten only by David Bellego in his second outing.
There was a welcome return from injury by skipper Kyle Newman, who was second highest scorer with nine (paid 10) from his five rides and Ellis Perks made an important contribution from reserve with six (paid seven) from his five outings.
Tyler Govier, who rides for the Isle of Wight in the National League, made a guest appearance in place of the injured Stefan Nielsen.
Plymouth team manager Lee Trigger said: “It was good to get back to winning ways and Kyle Newman did a superb captain’s job on his return to the side.
“I was also pleased with the way Ellis Perks stepped up to the plate in the absence of his fellow reserve Stefan Nielsen. Full marks also to Tyler Govier, who came in at the last minute and did not disgrace himself.”
Plymouth: Brady Kurtz 14 (5 rides), Todd Kurtz 5+1 (4), Sam Simota 5 (4), Kyle Newman 9+1 (5), Jack Holder 8 (4). Reserves: Tyler Govier 1+1 (3), Ellis Perks 6+1 (5).
Redcar: Tobias Busch 6+1 (5), rider replacement for Lasse Bjerre, Hugh Skidmore 8+2 (6), Jonas Andersen 7 (5), David Bellego 13+1 (6). Reserves: Simon Nielsen 7 (5), Lee Payne 1 (3).
Plymouth’s Premier League match at home to Scunthorpe, due to take place next Friday, July 29, has had to be called off because there is no medical team available to provide cover at the St Boniface Arena.
Plymouth were due to have their top four riders in action at the Premier League Fours at Peterborough this weekend with skipper Kyle Newman joined by Australians Brady Kurtz, Jack Holder and Todd Kurtz.