Wednesday, December 6, 2023
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PREVIEW: Chargers brimming with confidence ahead of Kent trip

The World Speedway Riders’ Association Oxford Chargers powered by SD Timmo race their second fixture in five days on Sunday when travelling to Iwade Stadium to face Kent Royals in the National League.

Fresh from a thumping 59-31 win over Workington Comets, Chargers travel to Sittingbourne a little over a month after the fixture’s original date was abandoned owing to an unfortunate lack of medical cover following a crash.

Royals’ visit to Oxford Stadium has since been postponed on two occasions due to rain. But both teams are to set to go wheel-to-wheel at the fourth time of asking with a clear forecast predicted.

Chargers travel to the south-east at full strength while Kent have been forced into two changes with rider replacement operating for the absent Rhys Naylor while Matt Marson guests at number three.

Peter Schroeck’s side led Kent 9-15 when time was called on the original fixture, and the Chargers boss wants to see an equally rapid start from his men when tapes rise.

“We’ve mentioned previously how the configuration of the Kent circuit can be difficult to get used to,” said Schroeck. “But the boys adapted quickly last month so we’re hoping for more of the same on Sunday.

“It’s getting to crunch time now with the play-offs closing in and half the division still in with a realistic chance of reaching the Grand Final. We’ve got to target points on the road and a win here would stand us in really good stead ahead of Berwick’s visit to Sandy Lane next week.

“That’s what we’re aiming for and I have no doubt it’s within our capabilities to come away with a result.

“We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish Jack Kingston a speedy recovery, whose crash in the initial staging prompted its abandonment – get well soon Jack.”

Tapes-up at Iwade Stadium on Sunday is scheduled for 1.45pm. Chargers’ fixture will be the second meeting of the day with Kent due to race Mildenhall Fen Tigers in the National League at midday.

WSRA Chargers: Jordan Jenkins, Jacob Clouting, Ryan Kinsley, Jody Scott, Henry Atkins, Luke Killeen, Jason Garrad.

Kent Royals: Ben Morley, Rhys Naylor R/R, Matt Marson, Tom Woolley, Nathan Ablitt, Ashton Vale, Connor King. James Laker (8).