August 11, 2015
Highbridge speedway track prepares for live Sky TV fixture tonight

It will be a case of ‘lights, camera, action!’ at Highbridge’s Oaktree Arena tonight (Tuesday) when the Somerset Rebels speedway team play host to top of the table Edinburgh Monarchs on live TV.

The match will be broadcast live in front of the Sky Sports cameras and will see reduced admission prices for spectators.

The past two seasons have seen Somerset and Edinburgh go head-to-head in the Premier League Championship Grand Final with Somerset winning out to claim their maiden League Championship title in 2013, and Edinburgh turning the tables to win last season’s Grand Final by just a single race point over the Rebels.

The Somerset Rebels have slashed their admission prices for this match with both adults and concession categories being admitted for just £10.00, while all fans aged 18 and under will be admitted free. The fixture will start promptly at 7.30pm.

One of the speedway stars will be outside Burnham’s tourist information centre this afternoon for photos with young fans.

While Edinburgh may have had their colours lowered on home shale on two occasions this year, the most recent being a one-point home defeat to Peterborough, the Monarchs have more than made up for that on their travels, to the extent that they have picked up at least a point from each of their nine away league matches ridden so far this year, and will come to the Oaktree Arena on the back of successive away wins at Rye House on Saturday and at Peterborough on Sunday.

Somerset have no injury concerns ahead of Tuesday night’s match and so will unveil their full 1-7, with team manager Garry May looking forward to locking horns with the Monarchs once again.

“The past few seasons have seen us have some epic battles against Edinburgh and I am sure that Tuesday night’s match will prove to be no different,” he said.

“I am sure that many people are looking forward to watching Brady Kurtz’s races with Craig Cook which promises to be something special.”

“Edinburgh come to the Oaktree Arena in a rich vein of form, but the Somerset boys are well up for this meeting, they know that it will quite probably be our toughest match to date this year, but I am sure that we will rise to the occasion to take the win and the 3 league points on offer.”

“As well as battling for precious Premier League points, our two league matches against Edinburgh will also decide the destiny of the Premier Shield, of which Somerset are the current holders, with the Shield going to the side who wins on aggregate over the course of the two matches concerned.”

Photos: The Somerset Rebels in action on Friday (photos Colin Burnett)