Devils forced to call off their National League clash

THE rain was the only winner on Friday as Plymouth were forced to call off their National League clash with Mildenhall shortly before 6.00 pm following a track inspection.

After looking at several weather forecasts, which predicted that the rain was unlikely to stop, the decision was made to call off the meeting, which had previously been postponed a fortnight before.

As yet no new date has been agreed. The Fen Tigers are back at the St Boniface Arena in two weeks in the National Trophy final on Friday, October 6, with the second leg in Suffolk on the Sunday afternoon, October 8.

In between the Devils have their Knock-Out Cup semi-final against Eastbourne next weekend facing the Eagles at home on Friday (September 29) with the return 24 hours later in Sussex.

Overall victory in these two clashes would put the Devils in the Cup final where they would face the winners of the Belle Vue v Mildenhall semi-final with Cradley having conceded the quarter-final against Belle Vue after losing their away leg 59-31.

Devils co-promoter Mark Phillips was disappointed at the postponement. “We thought we were going to get away with it, having packed the track well in and only getting two short showers in the afternoon, but the rain came in just after five o’clock. At one stage it looked like stopping but unfortunately it didn’t.

“We now have to sort out a new date with Mildenhall and will be working on this with them over the weekend when the National League promoters are all together at Leicester for the Riders’ Championship where Adam Roynon carries our colours.

“We have a busy few weeks coming up with vital meetings in the Cup and the Trophy final with the lads aiming to bring some silver- ware to the club.”

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