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Potters without skipper for trip to Leicester

Stoke Potters are without captain Tom Perry for this afternoon's National League clash at Leicester.

He is taking part in the European Grass-Track semi final in Bielefeld, Germany so the Potters management have drafted in Kent’s Anders Rowe as a guest with Luke Priest taking over as captain for the day.

The hosts are led by Ellis Perks and he is well supported by Danyon Hume.

The Cubs have a couple of injury issues with Luke Ruddick being ruled out by concussion after falling at Edinburgh in their defeat to Glasgow while Jamie Halder has a shoulder injury which keeps him out of the meeting.

The East Midlands outfit will use rider replacement for Ruddick while Halder will be replaced by Belle Vue Colts reserve Jordan Palin who has started his racing career well with former Stoke rider Ryan MacDonald completing the top five.

At reserve the Cubs have the Thompson twins who have started their racing career with exhibition races last season at Leicester and Birmingham and both Dan and Joe have taken to league racing well with some impressive scores.

Stoke team manager Adam Isherwood said “Leicester are going well at home and from what I have seen it is a track where you really need to be gating and getting of to a good start.

"I’ve been there with even good riders not able to pass and I don’t know why or what the problem is but at the end of the day it is a track to be raced.

We have all looked through the Leicester team and they have some very good riders but they also have a few weak spots. They have the youngsters Dan and Joe Thompson at reserve and if Joe (Alcock) has his head on then he can do well especially as he’s been doing well on the big tracks and I feel that he can win rides on there. In all honesty if you have the right mentality and you go into matches wanting to win, then any team can go anywhere on their day and win matches and this bunch of lads we have here believe in themselves and go into every meeting wanting to win matches for this club.”

LECIESTER: Ellis Perks, Ryan MacDonald, Luke Ruddick (Rider Replacement), Jordan Palin, Danyon Hume (Captain), Dan Thompson, Joe Thompson

STOKE: Anders Rowe, Shelby Rutherford, Joe Lawlor, Luke Priest (Captain), Connor Coles, Corban Pavitt, Joe Alcock

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