PLYMOUTH Devils will aim to climb out of the bottom two of the Premier League when they face Rye House at the St Boniface Arena on Friday evening (7.15pm).
The two teams are level on points with Rye House above the Devils because of a superior race points difference. But a win for the Devils could see them pull three points clear of the Rockets.
The Devils have two enforced changes from the side that lost at home to Glasgow last Friday. Jack Holder is in Sweden for an under-21 World Championship meeting and Stefan Nielsen will be racing for his Elite League club Swindon.
Holder’s absence, however, means there will be a welcome return to the St Boniface Arena by former Plymouth favourite Ben Barker, who comes in as a guest replacement.
Plymouth will operate the rider replacement facility to cover for Nielsen with Steve Boxall along with reserves Sam Simota and Ellis Perks eligible for additional rides.
Devils team manager Lee Trigger will be looking for Steve Boxall to hit form against the Rockets.
He said: “Steve struggled with his equipment against Glasgow, but he tried a different machine after the meeting and will hope to do a job on his parent club.”
Trigger warned the Devils will need to be on top form against the Rockets.
He said: “Rye House have a side packed with track specialists at the St Boniface Arena.”
The visitors will, however, be without number one Edward Kennett, who is on duty with Elite League Lakeside, and they have yet to name a guest replacement.
Rye House will operate rider replacement for the unavailable Cameron Heeps and will rely heavily on experienced British riders Stuart Robson and Leigh Lanham.
Completing their side will be three 22-year-olds, Dane Kasper Lykke along with reserves Ben Morley and recent addition Australian Robert Branford.
Plymouth: Ben Barker, rider replacement for Stefan Nielsen, Steve Boxall, Todd Kurtz, Kyle Newman. Reserves: Sam Simota, Ellis Perks.
Rye House: Guest for Edward Kennett, rider replacement for Cameron Heeps, Kasper Lykke, Leigh Lanham, Stuart Robson. Reserves: Ben Morley, Robert Branford.
The meeting will be followed by a six-heat second half involving teams representing the Devon Demons and the Exeter Falcons.
Devon Demons: Tyler Govier, Anders Rowe, Saul Bulley, Mattie Bates.
Exeter Falcons: Richard Andrews, Craig Nethercott, Bradley Andrews, Stevie Anderson.